Royal Navy battleships 1905

Royal Navy battleships in commission with full crews, 1st April, 1905.

There were thirty four battleships in commission. Of these, twenty were assigned to Home waters, eight were with the Mediterranean Fleet, five were on the China Station, and one was employed on trooping service.

Home waters:

Albemarle

Atlantic (at Gibraltar)

Caesar

Cornwallis

Duncan

Exmouth

King Edward VII

Hannibal

Illustrious

Magnificent

Majestic

Mars

Montagu

Prince George

Revenge

Russell

Royal Sovereign

Swiftsure

Triumph

HMS Albemarle, 1903.

Mediterranean:

Bulwark

Formidable

Implacable

Irresistible

London

Prince of Wales

Queen

Venerable

HM Bulwark, IWM Q 21052B.

China:

Albion

Centurion

Glory

Ocean

Vengeance

Other:

Barfleur was also temporarily in commission with full crew in trooping service.

HMS Barfleur, from “The Navy and Army Illustrated” 1897.

Source: United Kingdom. Hansard Parliamentary Debates, 5th ser., vol. 47, col. 635-7W.

HMS Ocean undocks at Devonport, moves closer to sea trials

When Ocean completes her sea trials (a stunning 18-knots, don’t laugh) the clock will commence ticking on Lusty’s decommissioning. {sigh} It seems that tempus is well-and-truly fugiting.

The first of the new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers isn’t due to commence trials until 2017 and will not be operational until at least 2018, leaving the slow-moving Ocean as the Royal Navy’s only carrier of any sort… just helicopters, no Harriers… thanks SDR!

Still, BZ to the lads at Babcock’s for their work on Ocean.

Babcock marks key milestone as HMS Ocean undocks

HMS Ocean

An important milestone was reached today, 31 July, in the major upkeep and upgrade programme being carried out by Babcock on HMS Ocean when the amphibious assault ship (the Royal Navy’s largest ship) came out of dock at Babcock’s Devonport Royal Dockyard.

This significant milestone, achieved on-schedule after seven months in dock, comes about half way through HMS Ocean’s substantial 15 month upgrade and overhaul programme, which includes more than 60 upgrades, mechanical improvements and an extensive maintenance package. This massive upkeep period is around three times that of a typical Type 23 docking period in terms of volume of work, employing an average of 300 Babcock employees plus staff from over 70 contractor companies.

Today’s undocking marks the completion of the dock-dependent elements, including overhaul of all the ship’s underwater valves, application of the outer bottom foul release paint coating, survey and represervation of tanks, repair of several sea tubes, and maintenance on the ship’s main propulsion system, propellors, shafts, rudders and stabilisers, as well as the overhaul and test of the ship’s mooring capstans, among other work.

Work on HMS Ocean will now continue with the ship alongside. This will include habitability improvements to the crew’s and embarked military forces’ living quarters and refurbishment of the main galley, laundry and commissariat, enhancement of the ship’s fire detection system, and commissioning the main propulsion and auxiliary systems, as well as work on aircraft lifts and weapons equipment. Ship’s staff will move on board in early November, and HMS Ocean is expected to leave Devonport for sea trials in early 2014.

This upkeep is the first on an amphibious ship under the full implementation of the Surface Ship Support Alliance (SSSA) Class Output Management (COM) approach, under which Babcock leads the support of all amphibious vessels. Various approaches and measures are being applied by the COM team to optimise delivery, and achieve significant savings and efficiencies in the planning and execution of this major upkeep.

Babcock Warship Support Managing Director Mike Whalley commented: “This is a highly complex and challenging project both technically and in terms of project management, and we are delighted to have met this significant undocking milestone on schedule, thanks to hard work by all parties. There is still considerable work to be done, and the team will now focus on continuing to maintain this strong progress through the rest of the project, to deliver HMS Ocean safely, on-time, fully refurbished with improved capability and performance, at optimum value for money.”

Kevin Barry, the DE&S Destroyers and Amphibious Platforms Team Leader said: “I am particularly encouraged by the strong team ethos which has been vital to overcoming some significant challenges in getting to this project milestone. The fact that MoD, industry and RN teams are utilising the huge range of skills and experience they possess and working so effectively together is fundamental to delivery of such large and complex projects. We are now focused on successful delivery of this hugely capable and versatile platform back to the Fleet.”

The undocking of HMS Ocean today sees the ship leaving the newly developed 10 Dock facility at Babcock’s Devonport Royal Dockyard, which has undergone a significant investment and refurbishment programme to provide a first class facility to service the UK’s amphibious fleet.

http://www.babcockinternational.com/media-centre/babcock-marks-key-milestone-as-hms-ocean-undocks/

“Jeanne d’Arc 2103” amphibious group returns to Toulon

The “Jean d’Arc 2013” amphibious group has returned to the French naval base at Toulon after 5-months operations in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, and regional cooperation exercises with India, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia.

FS Tonnerre (L9014) is a Mistral-class amphibious assault helicopter carrier in service with the Marine Nationale since 2006. During Operation Unified Protector (Fr: Opération Harmattan, GB: Operation Ellamy), Tonnerre served alongside HMS Ocean (L12), the Royal Navy’s helicopter assault ship. Both ships deployed their attack helicopters in support of operations during the Libyan civil war.

Retour de la mission Jeanne d’Arc à Toulon

Le bâtiment de projection et de commandement (BPC) Tonnerre et la frégate anti-sous-marine Georges Leygues ont accosté à Toulon lundi 22 juillet. La mission Jeanne d’Arc 2013 s’achève après cinq mois de déploiement opérationnel. Les familles ont accueilli les marins en fin d’après-midi.

La FASM Georges Leygues et le BPC Tonnerre arrivent a Toulon apres 5 mois de mission – MN

Parti de Brest le 6 mars dernier, le groupe a parcouru près de 25400 nautiques et navigué pendant 103 jours. Le groupe a ainsi commencé son déploiement par une série d’entraînements à la projection de forces, durant laquelle il a conduit plusieurs exercices interarmées et interalliés.

Example de projection des forces en mars 2013, sur les plages du Liban, a l’occasion de l’eercise amphibie “Cedre Bleu” – SM Chenal

Un detachment de ‘Aviation Legere de l’Armee de Terre (ALAT) du 3eme Regiment d’Helicoteres de Combat (RHC) est venus completer de dispositive aerien du groupe amphibie – S Pedot / MN

Il a ensuite poursuivi ses activités en participant aux opérations de lutte contre la piraterie maritime, dans le cadre de l’opération européenne « Atalante » en océan Indien. Plus à l’Est, les deux bâtiments de la mission Jeanne d’Arc 2013 ont apporté leur soutien à la diplomatie navale et à l’industrie française, ainsi qu’à des actions de coopération régionale avec l’Inde, Singapour, le Vietnam et la Malaisie.

Enfin, avant son retour à Toulon, le groupe a soutenu des opérations de lutte contre le terrorisme de la mer Rouge au golfe d’Oman (Opération Enduring Freedom) puis en Mer Méditerranée (Opération Active Endeavour).

De mars a julliet, de l’ocean Atlantique jusqu a la mer de Chine meridionale, l amission Jeanne d’Arc s’est organisse en troid grandes phases. – Paul Senard et Serge Millot / MN

Un officer-eleve mis en situation dans le role directeur d’intervention a l’occasion d’un exercise de securite (incendie ou voie d’eau) – P Ghigou / MN

Aux activités opérationnelles de ce déploiement longue durée, vient se superposer la formation d’officiers-élèves. La mission Jeanne d’Arc donne ainsi l’occasion aux futurs officiers d’être confrontés à des situations réelles et à être responsabilisés. Tout au long de cette mission, 133 officiers-élèves issus de différents corps d’officiers étaient intégrés à cette mission afin d’y achever leur formation par un stage d’application à la mer. Ils étaient mis en situation et intégrés au plus près des réalités opérationnelles, diplomatiques et maritimes, dans la perspective des responsabilités qu’ils auront à honorer d’ici quelques semaines pour leur première affectation dans les forces.

http://www.defense.gouv.fr/marine/a-la-une/retour-de-la-mission-jeanne-d-arc-a-toulon