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My letter to the @Telegraph today: ‘SIR – Admiral Lord West of Spithead (Letters, March 26) is right to highlight the role of the Royal Navy in securing the free movement of trade on the world’s oceans. (1/7) #ThreadTweet
This has been affirmed by the Government’s Integrated Review, Defence Command paper and an increase of circa £24 billion in defence spending. (2/7)
Consequently, as First Sea Lord I consider more credit ought to be given to the extraordinary shipbuilding programme that is already under way. The Royal Navy will see an increase to 24 frigates and destroyers by the early 2030s; (3/7)
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The Government’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy is modernising Defence to counter future threats and promote UK interests and values in a more competitive age. For the @RoyalNavy, this means change. #ThreadTweet
We will grow in size, strength and reach. We will achieve this change through investment, some tough choices and by continuing to transform how we operate. #ThreadTweet
We will invest in the nuclear deterrent, through the new Dreadnought class SSBN and the warhead. We will keep our operational advantage underwater, with a new lightweight torpedo and a new ships to protect the nation’s vital underwater cables. #ThreadTweet
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As part of the Armed Forces’ #COVIDSupportForce, Royal Navy helicopters joined the struggle against #Coronavirus, helping 4.5m people in the West Country. Merlins are helping the @NHSuk to deliver supplies, staff & patients. Read more:… #InThisTogether Image
🚁3 Merlins from @820NAS are responsible for supporting civilian authorities across a huge area covering Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Somerset, the Channel Islands and the Isles of Scilly. 🔗Read more at:… #InThisTogether #Coronavirus #ThreadTweet Image
🚁The helicopters are on 24/7 duty to respond, supported by the entire @RNASCuldrose team – engineers, meteorologists, safety and logistics experts, air traffic controllers, chefs.🔗Read more at:… #InThisTogether #Coronavirus #ThreadTweet Image
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Today, Rear Admiral Mike Utley will recognise the outstanding contribution of sailors on operations around the world 🌍 as he presents the Royal Navy Surface Fleet Effectiveness Awards. 🏆 Full list of winners:
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🏆BZ to @HMS_Forth and her crew currently on patrol around the Falkland Islands. Winners of the OPV Effectiveness trophy after a remarkable year of firsts for Forth.🔗Full list of winners here:
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@HMS_Forth .@RFAMountsBay was today named RFA Ship of the Year! The Rear Admiral commended the crew for their excellence on operations, from delivering disaster relief in the Bahamas to counter-narcotics patrols.🏆Full list of winners here: #ThreadTweet #GlobalNavy ImageImage
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📅 #OTD shortly after 11am in 1939, the Admiralty sent the uncoded signal to all warships, establishments, and merchant shipping: TOTAL GERMANY. Repeat. TOTAL GERMANY. Britain was at war. #WW2 #threadtweet #80years Chamberlain and HalifaxCrowds in Downing Street
📅 The #RoyalNavy – still the world’s largest fleet – counted 200,000 men with 15 battleships/cruisers (mostly WW1 vintage), 7 aircraft carriers, over 60 cruisers, 180+ destroyers and 60 submarines. #WW2 #threadtweet #OTD #80years Carrier CourageousHMS Hood passing HMS Repulse
📅#Germany had only two battle-cruisers, three ‘pocket battleships’, 1 unfinished carrier, 7 cruisers, 22 destroyers and 57 U-boats. They would be able to do nothing but “show that they know how to die gallantly” naval leader Erich Raeder lamented. #WW2 #threadtweet #OTD #80years German battle-cruiser Schar...
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#OTD in 1945, #Tokyo sued for peace and free nations celebrated: #WorldWar2 was over. Emperor Hirohito told his people they should “endure the unendurable and suffer the insufferable” after 8 years of war. #VJDay #WWII #threadtweet Celebrations in London
#VJDay - Victory over Japan on Aug 15 1945- came as the #RoyalNavy prepared for the final invasion of the home islands alongside the Americans: Operation Downfall. Allied casualties were predicted to be at least 200,000 killed and wounded. #WWII #treadtweet Admiral Fraser chats with c...
The British Pacific Fleet was the mightiest force ever mustered by the #RoyalNavy outside home water: 5 battleships, 33 fleet, light and escort carriers, 23 cruisers, nearly 80 destroyers, 43 submarines and scores of minesweepers, sloops, auxiliaries & escorts. #VJDay #treadtweet HMS Formidable
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