HMS Enterprise, a NATO group flagship, has been conducting training with the Croatian Navy.

Enterprise – currently in charge of NATO’s Mine Countermeasures Group 2 – trained extensively with the Croatian Navy missile/fast patrol boat Vukovar. Vukovar, not 150ft long and with a crew of only 30, is crammed with firepower – a 57mm main gun, eight Swedish-made anti-ship missiles, depth charges and a couple of 23mm machine-guns.

According to a press release:

“To date, Enterprise has been a flagship without a task group, but in Brindisi that changed as the first ship assigned to the NATO force this autumn, Turkish minehunter Edremit, joined the Briton for the entry into harbour.

While Turks and Brits were getting to know one another, task group commander Cdr Justin Hains visited Brindisi’s civic and military leaders, who stressed the importance of the port and maritime trade links in the southern Adriatic.

It’s the task of the minehunting group to support those trade links by keeping the sea lines open and free of mines – be they present day or those from the Mediterranean’s 20th Century conflicts.”

In early January 2017 it was announced Enterprise had deployed to the South Atlantic to perform patrol tasks normally carried out by the Falkland Islands patrol vessel, HMS Clyde, while Clyde underwent 3 months of maintenance in South Africa.

Aside from patrol duties, Enterprise was also tasked with updating charts of the region used by seafarers during her deployment.

Enterprise returned to Devonport on the 18th of April 2017 having steamed 150,000 miles and visited 20 countries over a period of nearly three years.

Upon her return to the UK Enterprise underwent a short refit in Falmouth prior to returning to operations. Sailing from Devonport in late June 2017, Enterprise deployed in her secondary role as an MCM mothership assuming the role of flagship of NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2), primarily operating in the Mediterranean.

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Mr Bell

It wont be long until nations like Croatia will be able to defeat the Royal Navy. They have anti ship missiles you see. We are just about to lose all the last remaining vestiges of military capability when our Royal Navy becomes the only one in the world incapable of sinking enemy ships with the scraping of harpoon anti ship missile without replacement.
Total joke.
shit decision making of the highest order.
Just take £500 million away from our flippin foreign aid budget of £13 billion and purchase the NSM as an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR)!!!!!!!!! Grrrr angry!!!!!!!

Steven Jones

You want a military capable of defending OUR National interests ? You are clearly a xenophobic white supremist, SMH. I need a hug from my “gender fluid” Mummy/Daddy (one person).


And what do you think would happen to a ship when it gets hit with a heavyweight spearfish torpedoe? The Royal Navy will still have the ability to sink ships Mr Bell. Also bare in mind sinking surface vessels is not the type 23 or type 45’s main purpose, where as it is one of our SSN’s main purpose, and for that we have probably the best torpedoe in the world. What we need is MK-41 VLS, then the missiles are there ready to buy. The type 23 is too old to fit MK-41 and the money is not there.… Read more »


Just a couple of points in reply:

1. We have very few SSNs and Frigates will not be escorted by one everywhere they go, hence why they need anti-ship missiles themselves.

2. Type 26s will be fitted with MK41s silos yes, but it will be at least 2030 before there are any any-ship missiles to fire from them – see the newer article on here!

I don’t think anyone is arguing about foreign aid as a concept, just that we seem to be giving away too much money to dubious Governments around the world and not protecting our own first.


Cheers Rob I’ve just read that article. I’ll comment on that. Yeah I agree about the frigates, anti-ship missiles are most definitely needed but I was just pointing out we do still have the capability to sink ships. With regards to foreign aid, if it was ever going to get cut then that money will be going to our own, but our own people in poverty. This idea that one of our prime ministers whoever it may be at the time is going to dip into the foreign aid budget that provides for the poorest in the world to buy… Read more »

Peter Crisp

Erm, I may be being optimistic here but the carriers will have a few Apache’s on board which I’m sure can ruin the day of anything but the largest enemy vessels.
I doubt there are many ships that would welcome 3 or 4 hellfires exploding on them.
Then they have the F-35 which again if I’m mistaken can rather mess up enemy shipping as well so to say the navy is defenceless is about as truthful as an average Daily Mail article.


Apaches would get nowhere near an enemy Frigate before being shot out of the sky by their anti-air missiles.

When will our F35s have anti-ship missiles? Actually the better question might be will they ever have them?


F35 can carry two LRASM externally, though I don’t think it’s been integrated yet. The JSM will probably hit IOC with the F-35 in 2021, though the F-35B may not be able to carry it internally like the A and C can.


I believe F-35B is slated to carry miltiple Spear 3, a missile whose development is funded. This is a 60 mile range mini cruise missile. In the meantime Wildcat with a with a radius of action of over 100 mile would hopefully see the target very early. Its Seaspray would identify the target up to a further 150 miles away. Thats a lot of advance warning against say an Exocet with a range of 80 miles. The Sea Venom on Wildcat will have a range in excess of Sea Skua’s 15 miles (wiki), and can be precsion targetted at masts… Read more »


Stop acting like you know what you’re talking about. You don’t have a single clue about macroeconomics and countries debt.

Acting like the bailiffs are going to be knocking on the cliffs at Dover.

Read a book ?

John Clark

TH, there you go again with the same standard negative response to just about any UK related Defence articles.

We hear your position, we get it, job done…

With regards to the lack of Anti shipping missiles, it is a concern. The only slightly comforting thing about this is that it’s a gap that could be filled off the shelf “relatively quickly” if required, unlike some of our so called capability holidays that take many years to regenerate.


Copy paste comment from multiple other articles on this website. If you hate our military so much why are you on this page? Or, as is much more likely, are you a troll who thinks that we need more nurses and doctors in the NHS, the fifth biggest employer on the PLANET.


Anyone know the chance of sinking a shore hugging fast attack boat with a harpoon at 60nms ? Piss poor I would imagine, infact probably less that said heavy weight ASM hitting the wrong target and blowing the crap out of a random holiday home, yatch, fishing boat or if your really unlucky cruise ship. As per the last few conflicts the RN have been involved in and barring WW3 will be involved in in the next number of years involve getting up close and personal (in naval terms) to ID the target and engage with light weight missiles to… Read more »