After returning from rotary wing flying trials at the end of February, where a thousand deck ladings were carried out, HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently in Portsmouth undergoing work as part of her Capability Insertion Period (CIP) in readiness for the next phase of her introduction into service, say the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.
The Ministry of Defence is to put the order for Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship fleet out to international tender at the end of this month, diminishing hopes that they will be built in the UK.
MBDA and Lockheed Martin have jointly completed qualification of the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) from Lockheed Martin’s Extensible Launching System (ExLS) 3-Cell Stand Alone Launcher following a series of trials.
Rear Admiral Chris Gardner, assistant chief of naval staff, said that the Royal Navy is "keen" to keep the ships.
Arleigh Burke class destroyers USS Farragut and USS Forrest Sherman, part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, have conducted a live-fire missile exercise.
HMS Forth, the first of the Royal Navy's next-generation of Offshore Patrol ships has been formally commissioned into the Fleet.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson met with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, and his Emirati counterpart, Mohammed Ahmad Al Bowardi, reaffirming the 'historic and very successful' defence relationship.