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Samuel Corby

Samuel is a defence commentator with a particular interest in the South Pacific.

New Zealand becomes latest nation to order P-8A Poseidon

The Royal New Zealand Air Force will soon join their British and Australian counterparts in operating the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft after the New Zealand government confirmed an order for four aircraft to replace their ageing P-3 Orion fleet.

RFA Lyme Bay preparing for deployment East of Suez

Bay class auxiliary RFA Lyme Bay is completing the final stages of her Extended Annual Certification Period in A&P’s Falmouth Dockyard ahead of her deployment to the Middle East later this year where she is expected to relieve sister ship RFA Cardigan Bay and participate in the major Safe Sword exercise off Oman.

Plans suggest Australian submarine fleet to return to Sydney

Documents released under a Freedom of Information request suggest that the Royal Australian Navy could again base its submarine fleet out of Sydney Harbour as it looks for ways to accommodate its soon to be doubled submarine numbers. 

RFA Mounts Bay back in Anguilla for more humanitarian relief exercises

RFA Mounts Bay is continuing her Caribbean patrol.

HMS Protector arrives in Diego Garcia ahead of survey mission

The Royal Navy’s Antarctic patrol vessel has arrived in the more temperate climates of the British Indian Ocean Territories as she prepares to undertake survey work in support of the UK Hydrographic Office. 

Tender issued for new fast patrol boats for Gibraltar

The MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) department has issued the first expression of interest for the procurement of two new fast patrol launches for the Royal Navy’s Gibraltar Squadron.

Australia delays $35 billion frigate announcement with Type 26 still the favourite

The long awaited announcement on the construction of nine new frigates for the Royal Australian Navy has been postponed as the Australian cabinet debates last minute changes to incorporate additional shipyards into the contract. 

HMS Magpie’s crew embarks ahead of final push towards commissioning

The Royal Navy’s newest hydrographic survey vessel has moved a step closer to formally joining the fleet with its nine-strong crew embarking for the first time this week.

Royal Navy Commodore takes helm of CTF 150

Commodore Steve Moorhouse has been appointed as the new commander of Combined Task Force 150 at a ceremony on Thursday. 

RNZN patrol boat deployed to support Fijian Navy

Royal New Zealand Navy patrol boat HMNZS Taupo has arrived in Suva, Fiji ahead of a three-month maritime security deployment.