A Beginner's Guide to Navy-Strength Rum

The Royal Navy's successful invasion of Jamaica in 1655 had a lot of terribly negative outcomes. The commanders ended up in the Tower of London. Many of the English sailors fell sick or starved. A lot of Spanish settlers died. But there was one undeniably positive outcome: rum. » 3/27/15 4:20pm Friday 4:20pm

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Look Around the UK's Newest Aircraft Carrier

No, that's not the world's biggest slab of marble; it's the wet landing deck of the UK's newest aircraft carrier. This 360 degree panoramic image, that you can drag and pull around on your screen, will let you explore the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) as if you were there. » 1/30/15 8:45am 1/30/15 8:45am

Antarctica Isn't All White

Who said there's no color at the poles? The crew of the HMS Protector visiting Port Lockroy, Antarctica surely didn't—because this shot is far from white. » 12/05/14 6:45am 12/05/14 6:45am

This Man Has Built Every British Warship Since WWII Out of Matchsticks

Meet Philip Warren. He's built every naval warship deployed by the Royal Navy since World War II, 432 in all, just using matchsticks and the wooden boxes they came in. It's a hobby that's kept him busy since 1948. » 10/20/10 4:40pm 10/20/10 4:40pm

Watch a Supersonic Jet Hover With Breathtaking Stillness

It looks like a special effect, but it's not. What you're watching is an F-35B supersonic stealth jet spend 30 seconds suspended 150ft in the air, for the very first time. » 3/18/10 5:26pm 3/18/10 5:26pm

Bulova Watch Lost at Sea During WW2 Reunited with Owner After 67 Years,…

A Royal Navy veteran has been reunited with his watch, 67 years after he lost it during World War II—and, it worked perfectly. In 1941, Teddy Bacon, a lieutenant aboard HMS Repulse, was throwing a line from ship to shore when the gold Bulova watch, bought in the Azores for $55, slipped off his wrist and into… » 6/09/08 6:45am 6/09/08 6:45am

Royal Marines' Latest Boat is Swift, Stealthy, Sexy and Skinny

This is the secret weapon that the British Navy is hoping will help it in its wars on drugs and terror. As yet unnamed, the slinky little craft has been spotted buzzing around the waters of Poole, where the service's Special Boat Service—the equivalent to the Navy Seals—is based. » 7/02/07 1:30pm 7/02/07 1:30pm

Driving a Nuclear Submarine Through Britain's Roads

Click to viewRemember that Astute-class nuclear submarine that looked like a whale? Well, scrap that, because it really looks like a Calamari Cruiser or a Zentraedi mothership. At least, that's what people must be thinking while they watch it travelling through the roads of Britain mounted on a gigantastic moving… » 6/08/07 12:15pm 6/08/07 12:15pm

Astute Submarine Looks like a Whale, Never Needs Refuelling

Click to view This is the British Royal Navy's newest class of submarine, the Astute. And this is what the nuclear-powered behemoth can do: generate its own air and water; sit in the English Channel and fire cruise missiles at North Africa; but perhaps the most extraordinary feature of the British-built sub is that… » 5/08/07 9:28am 5/08/07 9:28am