For the first time, the Royal Navy has used the Pacific logistics network of its French counterpart to deliver ammunition to one of its patrol ships, HMS Tamar, during its mission in the Pacific Ocean.

This operation saw the transfer of several thousand rounds of ammunition to HMS Tamar as it docked in New Caledonia, strategically located between Fiji and Australia’s Gold Coast.

The absence of UK territories in the South Pacific traditionally poses logistical challenges for front-line warship operations, particularly concerning ammunition due to safety and security considerations.

According to a press release, regular supplies such as food, fuel, and spare parts for HMS Tamar are typically sourced locally or shipped via air freight. However, ammunition requires more secure handling, which is why this approach was necessary.

Commander Tom Gell, the commanding officer of HMS Tamar, was quoted in the press release as saying, “The foundation of this success story is a comprehensive support structure which has allowed his ship—and HMS Spey, operating in similar waters—to forge ever-closer bonds with partner nations in the region.” He highlighted the logistical challenge and the strategic advantage provided by the ability to take ammunition in the theatre, facilitated by the robust relationship with the French and the Marine Nationale.

This initial ammunition delivery, although small, is seen as a proof of concept that promises greater potential for future logistical support in the region. Commander Gell noted, “Although this move delivered a relatively small amount of munitions, it highlights greater potential for future sustainment options.”

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Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_817319)
1 month ago

OT, apologies, but one George will find of interest given his own use of Drones.
Read of warnings issued by the RAF after use of Drones by spotters at the Mach Loop! 😳
Given the speed low flying fast air goes through there, I cannot imagine something more cretinous??

Mark
Mark (@guest_817343)
1 month ago

Given there are idiots that disrupt fire fighting helicopters with drones are you really surprised?

geoff
geoff (@guest_817332)
1 month ago

The Brits and the French often help each other. The use of RAF Transports during French operations in West Africa is a case in point.
Vive L’Entente Cordiale!

ps Good Day Daniele!

Math
Math (@guest_817359)
1 month ago
Reply to  geoff

We remember it and praised it. We were also very grateful for the presence of heavy helicopters (we don’t have any) in Mali.
I am glad that French oversea territory can be of some help to British warships.

geoff
geoff (@guest_817500)
30 days ago
Reply to  Math

Merci mon ami!🙏

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_817433)
30 days ago
Reply to  geoff

Hello mate! 🖐

Grizzler
Grizzler (@guest_817371)
1 month ago

Back in the day we would just go and liberate a strategically placed island (maybe even from the French!) oh for the Empire…
BTW in all seriousness it will be Gibraltar next to go if ‘Duplicitous Dave’ has anything to do with it.

Ian
Ian (@guest_818933)
26 days ago
Reply to  Grizzler

Dodgy Dave…. Seller of Harriers…. Small aircraft carriers… and moving the financing of Nuclear Attack Weapons from government to defence budgets

Jon
Jon (@guest_817407)
1 month ago

Given that there are suggestions that RFA Fort Victoria, desite previous assurances, will not be ready to accompany CSG 25 (and may never sail again), tapping into French Pacific resupply may be a necessary taste of things to come.

Armchair Admiral
Armchair Admiral (@guest_817423)
30 days ago
Reply to  Jon

Yes…croissants, pan’o’chocolat….mmmmm, oh yes and a side order of 30mm please!

Is the delivery of 30mm a good proof of concept? I mean it’s small stuff compared to missiles and things? AA

Jon
Jon (@guest_817548)
30 days ago

It’s a plan B at best. There’s a lot of making do being done these days. Should we expect kinks to have been worked out?

Deep32
Deep32 (@guest_817488)
30 days ago
Reply to  Jon

Out of 7 resupply vessels, we have 2 working and able to sail/deploy!
We have just reached an agreement with the German navy for them to supply a tanker for FOST serials, as the RFA can’t guarantee one being available. Can it actually get any worse?

Simon
Simon (@guest_817653)
30 days ago
Reply to  Deep32

Fort Victoria looks to be unfit to be able to go to sea as well as lacking a crew!!

Deep32
Deep32 (@guest_817674)
30 days ago
Reply to  Simon

Yes indeed, it’s not a good place to be in. If this is the case, then our ability to deploy a CSG will be significantly compromised as we will be tied to friendly bases for re-supply. Unfortunately we only have ourselves to blame with years of underinvestment, be it in capabilities and/or in people.
Can’t see how we can achieve FOC wrt CS without a FSSS?

Simon
Simon (@guest_817687)
30 days ago
Reply to  Deep32

That seems to be the point being made on Navy Lookout. Once again, that decision to scrap Fort George come back to bite us, although we would still have to find a crew for her

Ian
Ian (@guest_818936)
26 days ago
Reply to  Deep32

Deep….. pick the worst…. Cameron Osbourne or Clegg…

Deep32
Deep32 (@guest_819011)
25 days ago
Reply to  Ian

That’s hardly cricket mate, probably easier to pick the winning lottery numbers!!🤣

Martin L
Martin L (@guest_817495)
30 days ago

It seems to me that we are starting small with two OPVs in the Pacific. There may well be a type 31 doing the same thing in 4 or 5 years and there will be people on both sides who gained experience this year in working together.

AlexS
AlexS (@guest_817521)
30 days ago

Most do not know but France is the country with more time zones.