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Podding along: Is the Royal Navy doing enough to move forward?

1st November 2022 - 14:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


Duke-class Type 23 frigate HMS Kent and a Wildcat helicopter. (Photo: UK MoD/ Crown Copyright)

At DSEI in 2021, Then Second Sea Lord VAdm Nick Hine spoke of the importance of the Royal Navy thinking differently as he outlined the Navy PODS concept and said the service needed to further in its transformation. One year on, has that happened?

Speaking at DSEI, Hine said: ‘We are already introducing and valuing these themes in some of the emerging classes including: the T26, the T31 frigates and they will be fundamental attributes expected in any future ship procurement. But we do need to go further – this is about a first principles approach to delivering platforms and capability.

‘We have traditionally associated them as one and the same – but why? Because the capability – the missiles, the sensors have always been hard wired, fixed into the ship. The refresh rate for our capability does not support an agile and

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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