BRITISH ROYAL NAVY NEWS

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HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Queen Elizabeth pictured at sea for the first time. Wednesday 19 May 2021 saw a historic moment in Britain’s carrier renaissance as HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales met at sea for the first time.

In Terms of The Ships

New upgrade to Royal Navy aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince takes them to 'new level':

Winston Mahaffy, managing director of Thales’ naval communications business said the ship’s comms systems before the upgrade was already ‘world-leading’.

‘But this upgrade takes the carrier’s capability to a whole new level, enabling the carrier as a cutting-edge command platform for both the Royal Navy and other navies which is such an essential feature of international naval operations today,’ he added.

Both Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers Sailed Together For First Time:

In terms of Saber-Rattling

We Believe in ‘Law of the Sea’: Boris Johnson Ahead of Show of South China Sea Naval Force:

British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail for a seven-month-long voyage to Asia. During a recent visit to Portsmouth Naval Base in the southern English coast, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the deployment will show “our friends in China” that Britain believes in the “international law of the sea... We don’t want to antagonize anybody, but we do think that the United Kingdom plays a very important role, with friends and partners, the Americans, the Dutch, the Australians, the Indians (and many others)..."

On the Flip Side –

South China Sea: Royal Navy Leads Carrier Flotilla To Contested Waters:

China and its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea face another hurdle as UK's biggest warship HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail to the disputed waters on its maiden operational voyage.

While the task group will visit India, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, the voyage through the South China Sea is seen by many as a significant move aimed at countering China's increasing belligerence in the region.

Describing Beijing as "the biggest state-based threat to the UK's economic security," the review had stressed Britain's plans to increase its military presence around the world.> According to the UK Defense Ministry, the flotilla will be the largest concentration of maritime and air power to be deployed from the UK in a generation. "When our Carrier Strike Group (CSG) sets sail, it will be flying the flag for Global Britain -- projecting our influence, signaling our power, engaging with our friends and reaffirming our commitment to addressing the security challenges of today and tomorrow," UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said

Royal Navy warship 'expelled from Crimean coast' by Russian forces, FSB revealsRoyal Navy warship 'expelled from Crimean coast' by Russian forces, FSB reveals

October 2020, but has only been made public now – A British Royal Navy destroyer has been 'expelled' from waters off the Crimean coast after crossing into Russian territory, Russia's security service claims. However, the Ministry of Defense on Thursday categorically denied Russian claims.

In Terms of Technology

British Royal Navy Tests Jet Suits That Will Let Officers Fly:

The officer is then seen flying above the waters and landing on the deck of the navy's offshore patrol ship, HMS Tamar. The officer is wearing the suit that consists of a machine strapped onto him like a backpack.

Side Note on Defense Technology:

SIGN4L Signs MoU with European Defence Entities MBDA and CILAS to Explore Cooperation in High-energy Laser Weapons Systems:

What are HIGH ENERGY LASER WEAPON SYSTEMS:

In Terms of Finances

Royal Navy, Army and RAF have a £17bn budget blackhole with delays on most major projects, MPs told

It came after anger that companies from Italy, Spain, Japan and South Korea were all in the running for the £1.5billion contract, and a campaign was launched to ensure the three ships would be built in the UK.

Royal Navy 'made in Britain' £1.6billion carrier support ships could be mostly built abroad

In Terms of Espionage

In the world of espionage and war games, shell companies of the Chinese Communist Party won't get contracts could very well be getting contracts, as well as "obtaining" military secrets through agents loyal to the CCP.

Here's an example: Chinese Spies Sending British Military Tech Secrets to CCP Will Be Arrested Soon:

In Terms of Biblical Prophecy

Disciples of Jesus Christ asked Him, "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the Sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?"

Matthew 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places.
24:8 All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.

World War 3 – The Second of its Three Woes/Phases The way of the kings of the East (eastern block - the U.S.S.R. and China re-united) might be prepared.

The SIGNS of The END Times – CLIMATE CHANGE - HELPS CAUSE ARMAGEDDON

THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE and THE TWO WITNESSES (UK and USA)

Britain’s Carrier Strike Group, led by the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, heads for Gibraltar

http://www.gibraltarpanorama.gi/175455

Friday, May 28, 2021 - 09:30
Britain's Carrier Strike Group, spearheaded by the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, is sailing to Gibraltar, as part of a major deployment of Britain's armed forces.

"At long last we can celebrate the regeneration of UK Carrier Strike – a truly joint enterprise between the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. HMS Queen Elizabeth now embarks on her maiden operational deployment. The flagship of our fleet marks a step change from all that has gone before. At 65,000 tonnes, she is the largest and most powerful surface vessel ever constructed in this country.
"This is an incredibly exciting moment for the UK.
"She is a symbol of Global Britain in action. In an era of persistent competition, we need this capability more than ever. As the recent integrated review and defence command paper underlined, our adversaries pose a growing threat to the international order and the precious values that underpin our security and prosperity. On oceans around the world our competitors are testing the freedom of the seas and obstructing the narrow waterways so vital to our trade.

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In Terms of HMS Elizabeth's Route

HMS Queen Elizabeth and CSG21 Road Map to South China Sea 2021 (10min):

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Why is a UK aircraft carrier going on a world tour? (8min)

In Terms of Her Size:

Up Close To Britain’s Most Powerful Warship: HMS Queen Elizabeth | Forces TV (5min):


Gibraltar Yachting may feature the warship in Gibraltar on its YT Channel, like it does other big ships, like HMS Defender Type 45 Royal Navy Destroyer (26 May):

HMS Elizabeth Could Launch Stealth Jet Attacks Against Taliban In Afghanistan

Do you really think God is going to protect the Royal Navy (and US Military) protecting Satanic poppy fields? The Four Horseman and The Two Witnesses


Russia Will Hate Everything About The Royal Navy’s Next Submarine

Do you really think Russia is scared? Biblically, they are set to win WW3 – World War 3 The Second of its Three Woes/Phases as God's punishment for the British not keeping The Covenant.


CUTTING EDGE - Royal Navy test artificial intelligence against supersonic missile threats off Scots coast

Does AI work after an EMP strike? Is this kind of dependence going to be their downfall? Look what happened to the USS Sitting Donald Duck.

Western Allies really need to take The Bible seriously – Judgement is Coming. The Lord knows exactly why all these wars are forged and who the military are really protecting – the interest of Global Banksters.

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The British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) provides radio and television programmes for the British Armed Forces, and their dependents worldwide. Editorial control is independent of the Ministry of Defence and the armed forces themselves.

FROM BFBS – Programs that include Gibraltar:

Tunnels: Fighting Underground with the Royal Marines | H-HOUR

Behind the Scenes... Royal Marines in Gibraltar | BFBS

Gibraltar: Why There's Wild Monkeys, WW2 Tunnels and British Forces | BFBS

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31st May 2021

The UK’s new aircraft carrier sailed past Gibraltar early on Sunday morning on a maiden operational deployment that will see it visit 40 countries around the world.

The UK Government hopes the deployment will signal to allies that post-Brexit Britain is ready to defend Western interests and uphold respect for international rules.

During a key part of the eight-month voyage, HMS Queen Elizabeth and other vessels in the Carrier Strike Group will cross through the South China Sea in a signal to Beijing that sea lanes must remain open.

HMS Queen Elizabeth had been scheduled to enter British Gibraltar territorial waters on Sunday, though there were no plans to anchor the ship or bring it into port.

In the event though, the ship and its escorts sailed past about three miles off the Rock, where they were met by vessels from the Royal Navy’s Gibraltar Squadron and the Gibraltar Defence Police.

Only HMS Richmond entered the Bay of Gibraltar briefly before turning south again and heading back out into the strait.

Plans to host local dignitaries who were going to be ferried aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth on helicopters were also shelved at the last minute, as was a press briefing at RAF Gibraltar.

The Ministry of Defence did not explain the reason for the change of plans, although some Spanish media speculated that the decision to sail past the Rock may have followed diplomatic pressure from the Spanish government.

The deployment has been organised as part of the “UK’s tilt to the Indo-Pacific region” in a bid to “bolster deep defence partnerships” as well as to take part in an exercise to mark the 50th anniversary of the Five Powers Defence Agreement with Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Accompanying HMS Queen Elizabeth is a surface fleet made up of Type 45 destroyers HMS Defender and HMS Diamond, Type 23 anti-submarine frigates HMS Kent and HMS Richmond, and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s RFA Fort Victoria and RFA Tidespring, as well as the US destroyer USS The Sullivans and Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen.

A Royal Navy Astute-class submarine will also accompany the carrier strike group armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles.

“This deployment shows that we are strong on our own, but even stronger with our allies,” said UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.

The carrier is "a hugely powerful statement," Commodore Steve Moorhouse, the ship's commanding officer and captain told Reuters on deck off the Portuguese coast, two days before the carrier sailed through the Strait of Gibraltar.

"It shows that we are a global navy and wanting to be back out there," he said.

"The aim for us is that this deployment will be part of a more persistent presence for the United Kingdom in that region," he added, referring to the Indo-Pacific that includes India and Australia.

Britain was the main battlefield ally of the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan and, alongside France, the principal military power in the European Union. But its 2016 vote to leave the EU had raised questions about its global role.

Partly in response to those concerns, London announced its biggest military spending increase since the Cold War late last year and has been touting the clout of the carrier, built at a cost of more than 3 billion pounds.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will exercise with naval vessels from the United States, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea, along the route, Moorhouse said on Thursday.

THREATS AND CHALLENGES

Britain, like China, now has two aircraft carriers, both countries dwarfed by the United States' fleet of 11 carriers.

The new 65,000-tonne vessel carries eight British F-35Bs and 10 U.S. F-35s as well as 250 U.S. marines as part of its 1,700-strong crew.

It will lead two destroyers, two frigates, a submarine and two support ships on its journey of 26,000 nautical miles, joined by a U.S. destroyer and a frigate from the Dutch navy.

During the deployment, the carriers F35B Lightning fast jets operated by the renowned “Dambusters” squadron, or 617 Squadron, will join Operation Shader targeting the remnants of so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the MoD announced.

The F35B jets are multi-role combat aircraft equipped with advanced sensors, mission systems and stealth technology – enabling them to carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks.

Asked about British efforts to step up influence in the Indo-Pacific region to counter China's rising power - a strategy also followed by the European Union and supported by NATO – Commodore Moorhouse said:

"We want to uphold international norms ... our presence out there is absolutely key."

China claims 90% of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, but Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also lay claim to parts of it.

The United States has long opposed China's expansive territorial claims there, sending warships regularly through the waterway to demonstrate freedom of navigation. About $3 trillion worth of trade passes through it each year.

In the Mediterranean, the British carrier group is part of NATO's biggest drills of the year, Steadfast Defender, that includes a maritime live exercise with around 5,000 forces and 18 ships.

"It sends a message of NATO's resolve," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said onboard the aircraft carrier.

"We face global threats and challenges, including the shifting balance of power with the rise of China," he said, adding that although China had the world's biggest navy, it was not considered an adversary by NATO.

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News on the Med War Games -

British nuclear submarine visits Gibraltar

Royal Navy flagship teams up with French carrier for ‘cat and mouse’ war games

The submarine appeared to be having some level of equipment fitting done.

The aircraft carrier met up with the FS Charles de Gaulle in the western Mediterranean as it continues its first operational deployment with the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) heading to the Indo-Pacific region.

The UK and US F35B Lightning stealth jets embarked aboard the Queen Elizabeth have been taking part in exercises with the French carrier and its Rafale aircraft.

A Royal Navy spokesman said: “The first phase of Exercise Gallic Strike saw Queen Elizabeth and Charles de Gaulle take part in a cat-and-mouse style war game, with both task groups testing the others’ abilities to protect and defend against threats.

Preparation in May – Massive British, NATO war games prepare Queen Elizabeth carrier strike group to confront Russia and China

This year’s iteration of Britain’s biannual Joint Warrior exercise in the Irish Sea is subsumed under another exercise, Strike Warrior 21, being used to prepare the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, the flagship of the Royal Navy, and its carrier strike group for deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Asia-Pacific region.

NATO begins massive Defender 2021 military exercises aimed at Russia

The United States, at the head of the NATO military alliance, is continuing its military and diplomatic drive to encircle and subjugate Russia.

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact in 1991, NATO has absorbed much of Eastern Europe and, with the Euromaidan coup of 2014 in Ukraine, expanded its sphere of influence up to Russia’s border. This is the context in which the huge NATO military exercise beginning this week, Defender 2021 Europe, unfolds.

Since March, NATO has amassed over 28,000 soldiers from 26 allied nations to practice for war.

According to a US military fact-sheet on Defender-Europe 2021, the exercise “demonstrates our ability to serve as a strategic security partner in the western Balkans and Black Sea regions while sustaining our abilities in northern Europe, the Caucasus, Ukraine and Africa.” Listed among the “countries participating in exercise activities” are non-NATO member states Ukraine and Georgia.

These drills will continue into June.

Classified War Games to Simulate Global Conflict With China and Russia

From March – The scenarios (of the 2021 War Games) that could be simulated in the war games include major cyberattacks, a Russian advance in the Baltics, confrontation in the Arctic with Russia, incidents with China in the South China Sea, and a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

The results of the war games could have an impact on troop numbers around the world and could be a factor in making decisions on military budgets.

Anonymous officials speaking to CNN hinted that the results of this summer’s war games will not look good for the US, which means they will be used to justify more military spending.

US ‘Gets Its Ass Handed to It’ in Wargames: Here’s a $24B Fix

In June – WASHINGTON: The US keeps losing, hard, in simulated wars with Russia and China. Bases burn. Warships sink. But we could fix the problem for about $24 billion a year, one well-connected expert said, less than four percent of the Pentagon budget.

All Wars Are Banksters' War - Nazi-Banksters Crimes Ripple Effect

Russia is back in the Mediterranean and it is there to stay

2 June 2021 – In 2021 Putin sacrificed the prosperity of the noughties to spend every spare kopek on re-equipping the military, a campaign that more or less finished in 2018.

“Russia’s strategy in the Mediterranean is an integral part of its strategy for the wider European theatre, which has long been the principal arena of its foreign policy triumphs and setbacks,” Eugene Rumer and Richard Sokolsky of Russia Strategic Initiative (RSI), a US Department of Defence organisation, said in a paper published by the Carnegie Centre Moscow.

Western NATO allies have looked on with some alarm at Russia’s expansion in the Mediterranean.

“The principal rationale for Russia’s return to the region has been the prospect of a military confrontation in the European theatre and concerns about the vulnerability of its southern flank in a conflict with NATO...“The Kremlin may aspire to dominate the Mediterranean one day, but for now its aim is to deny this option to NATO (paper).”


Who would win a real war scenario (WW3)? We can look to the Bible for the answer – World War 3: The Second of its Three Woes/Phases (the First Woe was the Invasion of Kuwait - Gulf War) – The Pen-ultimate WOE - The Time of the Sixth Angel (of The Apocalypse/Revelation)

Is the Mediterranean Sea Becoming a Russian Navy Playground?

Note - This article deals with mainly the Eastern Mediterranean.

During the Cold War, Soviet warships were a familiar sight in the Mediterranean.

A permanent force in the Mediterranean enhances Russian prestige in the region, deters Western military operations in the areas, and provides security against the Mediterranean as a base for hostile forces to strike the Russian homeland.

Should Russian forces stay in the Mediterranean, they would pose a serious threat to U.S. and NATO forces by creating an increasingly dense missile and electronic-warfare environment farther into the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Interview with Commander British Forces Gibraltar

Gibraltar is playing a big part in the Global Britain agenda. Speaking to GBC after almost a year in post, the Commander British Forces says there's been an increase in the Naval Base's operations and use.

Ahead of Armed Forces Day tomorrow, Commodore Steve Dainton spoke to our News Editor Christine Vasquez on current challenges.

On June 10, it was reported that the HMS Defender had completed its NATO security ops and was headed to the Black Sea.

HMS Defender has completed NATO security operations in the Mediterranean and will be heading to the Black Sea after a stop in Istanbul.

The Type 45 destroyer is part of the UK’s Carrier Strike Group but has peeled away from the task group temporarily to carry out her own set of missions in the Black Sea.

HMS Defender heads on Black Sea mission after Mediterranean workout

And June 25 – The Russian military launched sweeping maneuvers in the Mediterranean Sea featuring warplanes armed with state-of-the-art hypersonic missiles, a show of force amid a surge in tensions following an incident with a British destroyer in the Black Sea.

Russia launches Mediterranean drills amid rift with Britain

Moscow said one of its warships fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs in the path of British destroyer Defender on Wednesday to force her out of an area near Crimea that Russia claims as its territorial waters. Britain denied that account, insisted its ship wasn’t fired upon and said she was sailing in Ukrainian waters.

Observations of an Expat: A Black Russian Sea

Wars and Rumours of Wars.

The "SIGNS" of The "END" Times

Matthew 24:6:- Jesus said, And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars (talk of war, with some false-alarms): see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the End is not yet.
24:7 For nation SHALL rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom (individual and World Wars): and there SHALL BE famines , and pestilences , and earthquakes , in diverse places.
24:8 All these [are] the beginning of sorrows (Woes ) .......... ( 2 Esdras 16:18 )
24:22 And EXCEPT those days should be shortened, there should NO flesh be saved (2 Esdras 16:28): but for the Elect's sake those days SHALL be shortened ( by The Ruler of The Universe ) .
24:30 And then shall appear the Sign ("Star") of the Son of Man (Revelation 21:2 ) in heaven: and then shall ALL the tribes of the Earth mourn , and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the "Clouds" of heaven with power and great glory. (Please see "Close Encounters of the Gibraltar Kind" Booklet).

Preparing for WW3?

World War 3: The Second of its Three Woes/Phases
(the First Woe was the Invasion of Kuwait - Gulf War)

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More demonization of Russia.

UK Would Send Warships Though Crimea Waters Again, Minister Says

"Asked if the government would do it again, Eustice replied: “Of course, yes.

" 'We never accepted the annexation of Crimea, these were Ukrainian territorial waters.' "

"Russia seized and annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, and it considers areas around the peninsula’s coast to be Russian waters. Western countries consider the peninsula to be part of Ukraine and have rejected Russia’s claim to the seas around it."

"Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on June 24 " 'no options can be ruled out.' "

Full article:

British Warships would go through disputed waters around Crimea again, a UK cabinet minister said after Russia accused a British destroyer of breaching Russian waters.

Russia said on June 23 that it fired shots and dropped bombs in the path of the UK’s HMS Defender near Cape Fiolent, a landmark on the southern coast of Crimea near the port of Sevastopol, headquarters of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea fleet.

Russian media quoted the defense ministry as saying the ship ventured as much as three kilometers (two miles) inside Russian waters before leaving.

The UK has denied Russia’s claim, saying that the Russians were undertaking a gunnery exercise and that no shots had been fired at the British Warship, which was “conducting innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters.”

Russia seized and annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, and it considers areas around the peninsula’s coast to be Russian waters. Western countries consider the peninsula to be part of Ukraine and have rejected Russia’s claim to the seas around it.

The UK’s Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs George Eustice said on June 24 that the British warship was taking a “logical route.”

“Under international law, you can take the closest, fastest route from one point to another. HMS Defender was passing through Ukrainian waters, I think on the way to Georgia, and that was the logical route for it to take,” he told Sky News.

Eustice said the practice is “very normal” and “quite common.”

“What was actually going on is the Russians were doing a gunnery exercise. They had given prior notice of that. They often do in that area,” he said, adding that it’s important that people don’t get carried away.

Asked if the government would do it again, Eustice replied: “Of course, yes.

“We never accepted the annexation of Crimea, these were Ukrainian territorial waters.”

Speaking to ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” program, Eustice said that he doesn’t know if the gunnery exercise was the “official reason” given for the Russian activities.

“Whether that was cover for them to try and make some point, we don’t know,” he said. “Perhaps it was, perhaps it wasn’t.”

Former Royal Navy Chief Admiral Lord Alan West told the London Broadcasting Company that “there’s no doubt the Defender was asserting her right of innocent passage from one port to another.”

He said Russian President Vladimir Putin was “an expert at disinformation,” and that his “appalling” behavior was to show his toughness to his “home audience.”

Former head of the Army, Gen. Lord Richard Dannatt, said that Putin is
“testing the will of the West.”

“I’m a little bit surprised that the Ministry of Defence is playing it down,” he told Sky News.

“It was unreasonable of the Russians to challenge HMS Defender in the way that they did.

“The underlying point is that there are international laws that must be upheld by everyone, and HMS Defender had the absolute right to be where she was yesterday.”

Earlier on June 24, the UK’s Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said that the Russian characterization of the event is “predictably inaccurate,” and Russia summoned the British ambassador in Moscow, Deborah Bronnert, over the row.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on June 24 that the incident was “a deliberate and premeditated provocation” and threatened that “no options can be ruled out.” UK Would Send Warships Though Crimea Waters Again, Minister Says

The U.S. Navy submarine USS Alaska (SSBN 732) arrived at the Port of Gibraltar (28 June 2021)

The U.S. Navy submarine USS Alaska (SSBN 732) arrived at the Port of Gibraltar, June 28, 2021. This brief stop strengthens cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom-Gibraltar, and demonstrates U.S. capability, readiness, flexibility, and continuing commitment as part of NATO. The USS Alaska, an Ohio-class submarine, is homeported in Kings Bay, Ga (U.S. Navy courtesy photo. /Released)

From 2015 – Gibraltar's vital role for the US Navy's operations is underlined

A Little History - The People of Gibraltar - 1920s - Ports of the World - The US Navy:

RAF E-3D AWACS supports UK carrier strike group in Mediterranean

Two Royal Air Force (RAF) E-3D Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft have deployed to the Mediterranean to support UK-led Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) operations and exercises in the region.

An E-3D was first tracked on 30 May operating east of Gibraltar after HMS Queen Elizabeth and CSG21 entered the Mediterranean. From 7 June onwards, the two E-3Ds have been flying over the eastern Mediterranean. On 20 June RAF and US Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighters launched from Queen Elizabeth and flew their first missions over Syria and Iraq. According to the tracking data, an E-3D was airborne to support this mission.

F-35B From British Aircraft Carrier Had A Close Encounter With A Russian Navy Warship In The Eastern Med Sea

A Russian exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, involving five warships as well as Tu- 142MK, Il-38, Tu-22M3 and MiG-31K aircraft, provided an opportunity for a close encounter with at least one F-35B operating from HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The Russian MOD told reporters on Jun. 28 that the MiG-31K armed with the air-launched Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile and Tu-22M3 bombers performed training flights escorted by Su-35 and Su-34 aircraft during the eastern Med drills.

Leaked documents confirm UK discussed possible military response by Russia to Black Sea/Crimea provocation

Classified UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) documents supposedly left accidentally at a bus stop in Kent confirm that the incursion by HMS Defender into Russian territorial waters of Crimea was a calculated provocation, planned at the highest levels of the government and the armed forces.

The almost 50 pages of documents include emails and PowerPoint presentations of alternative routes that might have been taken by the Defender, a Type 45 destroyer that is part of the UK Carrier Strike Group led by the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, now heading to the Indo-Pacific region. They originated in the office of a senior official at the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

It was already announced earlier this month that the Defender was to break away from the larger strike group and conduct what the MoD insists was an “innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters,” with guns covered and the ship's helicopter stowed in its hangar. But the documents confirm that the UK was aware of a possible hostile response by Russia and decided to proceed anyway.

Read more at link.

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A Little More Detail on the Submarine Stop in Gib:

American Ballistic Missile Submarine Makes Rare Stop In Gibraltar

The Navy took the equally unusual step of publicly announcing the submarine's arrival there today. This is the latest in a string of curiously public movements of members of the Navy's 'boomer' fleet, which typically conduct their deterrent patrols loaded with nuclear-armed Trident ballistic missiles with few, if any, port visits and even less fanfare.

More at link.

U.S. Navy Ballistic Missile Submarine's Gibraltar Visit Is First In Over Two Decades

Following the arrival of the USS Alaska in Gibraltar yesterday, the U.S. Navy has confirmed that this is the first time in more than 20 years that an Ohio class ballistic missile submarine, or SSBN, has visited the U.K. Royal Navy's base in this British Overseas Territory. The service has also now said that this extremely rare stopover was a previously scheduled port visit for logistics purposes.

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Gibraltar Squadron a step closer to getting new jet-propelled patrol ships

Later this year the squadron will take delivery of the first of two new £9.9m fast patrol boats – HMS Cutlass and Dagger – which will form the backbone of the Royal Navy’s Gibraltar Squadron.

Cutlass and Dagger will provide 24/7/365 cover, racing through the waters around the territory at speeds of up to 40kts, providing protection for Royal Navy and visiting allied warships with machine-guns and, potentially, heavy machine-guns.

The squadron currently patrols the territorial waters with HMS Dasher and Pursuer, plus several small Pacific 24 RIBs.

This visit causes concern for residents of The Campo -

Consternation in Spain as US nuclear submarine docks in Gibraltar

This action has again caused consternation in Spain, among residents of Campo de Gibraltar, one of the regions of the province of Cadiz where up to four of its eight municipalities – Algeciras, Los Barrios, La Línea de la Concepción], and San Roque – are located in the semicircle that makes up the Bay of Algeciras, which is also home to Gibraltar.

Around 270,000 residents surrounding Gibraltar live with the fear that one day an accident might occur with one of the nuclear vessels that enter the British territory, which would cause serious damage to the region.

Antonio Muñoz, president of the environmental association, ‘Verdemar Ecologistas en Acción’, recalls, “Since the Tireless incident in 2000, we have registered the entry into the port of Gibraltar of more than 100 nuclear submarines. Most have been docked for a while and belong to the United Kingdom“.

See link for more.

HMS Prince of Wales to visit Gibraltar

HMS Prince of Wales will arrive in Gibraltar on Tuesday 6 July for a programmed logistics visit. This inaugural visit to Gibraltar will also be her first non-UK port visit.

British nuclear submarine visits Gibraltar-

A Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine docked in Gibraltar on Monday evening ahead of the arrival on Tuesday of the UK’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales – Royal Navy submarine docks in Gibraltar ahead of maiden call by HMS Prince of Wales

Mighty carrier HMS Prince of Wales returns to sea-

Apache warriors complete fortnight’s intense training on HMS Prince of Wales-

The most powerful battlefield helicopter in Britain’s arsenal has completed two weeks’ intensive training on the nation’s newest aircraft carrier.

Three Apache gunships joined HMS Prince of Wales to allow the Army Air Corps’ fliers get their sea legs back – and give the Portsmouth-based warship a taste of the helicopter’s striking power.

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6th July 2021

The past three days have seen works intensify at the North Mole for several specially trained Licensed Search Officers from the Royal Gibraltar Police and Gibraltar Defence Police.

Prior to the arrival of HMS Prince of Wales on Tuesday, the entire area had to be searched from top to bottom by a combined team of officers from the two police forces.

The officers were also joined by Koki, the GDP’s explosives detection dog.

“During the search, literally no stone was left unturned to make sure that the area was completely safe,” said a statement from the RGP.

“Prior to joining the specialist department, our LSOs must have successfully passed an intensive five-day course approved by the UK's College of Policing.”

“RGP and GDP officers often work together as a unit to help clear buildings ahead of big events, to find missing persons or to recover evidence.”

http://www.gibraltarpanorama.gi/175793

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 09:52
The first visit to Gibraltar of the giant-size aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales takes place today. She sailed from her base in Portsmouth last Friday and is expected to be here for a few days.

The aircraft carrier is so large that it cannot berth in the naval base, so the berthing place is in the north mole area.
HMS PRINCE OF WALES will be here for a programmed logistics visit, said the MOD. This inaugural visit to Gibraltar will also be her first non-UK port visit.

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