What was the Destroyers-for-Bases Deal?

Introduction The destroyers-for-bases deal was an agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom on 02 September 1940, during World War II, according to which 50 Caldwell, Wickes, and Clemson-class US Navy destroyers were transferred to the Royal Navy from the US Navy in exchange for land rights on British possessions. Generally referred to… Read More


What is the Defence Aptitude Assessment (UK)?

Introduction The Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA) is an essential part of the process for joining the UK military. Several tests form the DAA, and they are recognised as strong indicators for in-job performance at all ranks, and across all jobs/roles. What is the DAA? When Was the DAA Introduced? Who Has to Take the DAA?… Read More

All Four Major RN Naval Training Establishments now have Female Commanding Officers

History has been made as all four of the Royal Navy’s major training establishments are under the command of women for the first time ever. Captain Johanna ‘Jo’ Deakin has assumed command of HMS Sultan in Gosport, the home of Royal Navy Marine and Air Engineering, and becomes the establishment’s first female Commanding Officer. The… Read More

Who is Sarah Oakley?

Introduction Captain Sarah Ellen Oakley (born February 1973) is a British Royal Navy officer, currently serving as Commanding officer of the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. In the Iraq War, Oakley worked in oil platform protection. Her first command was HMS Mersey, on fisheries protection duties, her second HMS Clyde, based in the Falkland Islands.… Read More

How Much Does It Cost to Fuel a Type 45 Destroyer?

What is a Type 45 Destroyer? The Royal Navy’s six Type 45 Destroyers are among the most advanced warships ever built. They are suited to a range of tasks, including Equipped with the ferocious Sea Viper missile, which can knock moving targets out of the sky from up to 70 miles away, Type 45 Destroyers… Read More

What was the Battle of Grenada (1779)?

Introduction The Battle of Grenada took place on 06 July 1779 during the American Revolutionary War in the West Indies between the British Royal Navy and the French Navy, just off the coast of Grenada. The British fleet of Admiral John Byron (the grandfather of Lord Byron) had sailed in an attempt to relieve Grenada,… Read More

Who was Charles Napier?

Introduction Admiral Sir Charles John Napier KCB GOTE RN (06 March 1786 to 06 November 1860) was a British naval officer whose sixty years in the Royal Navy included service in the War of 1812, the Napoleonic Wars, Syrian War and the Crimean War (with the Russians), and a period commanding the Portuguese navy in… Read More