News Round-Up – April 23rd 2016

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Here are some of the latest British military news stories making the headlines.

An RAF officer just opened up about one of the biggest problems with NATO
(Business Insider)

British Army Shooting Blanks Following Artillery Recall
(Sputnik News)

Navy warship led hunt for ‘drug smuggling boat’ off Scotland
(STV News)

Heartwarming moment British Army soldiers push elderly man’s car up hill after breaking down
(Mirror)

Job-loss fears at shipyard building Royal Navy’s new generation of frigates
(Portsmouth News)

Is an EU army REALLY happening? Now Michael Fallon calls for MERGE with British forces
(Express)

Former Royal Navy head warns of ‘highly vulnerable’ South West coastline away from major ports
(Plymouth Herald)

Syrian doctors call for RAF aid drops to civilians suffering ‘mass starvation’
(Telegraph)

British diplomats seek access to Irish man in Iraqi prison
(Irish Times)

Disclaimer: all news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them.

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9 responses to “News Round-Up – April 23rd 2016

  1. NATO faces the same problems that plague the EU. We all belong to the same ‘club’ but we have different operating procedures, don’t use a common language (and that doesn’t necessarily have to be English) and often each member has a different agenda to the rest. Russia, as the article points out, faces no such challenges, in that they DO have commonality in operational capability, they use the same equipment, their SOPs are consistent across the board and they all speak the same language – from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok, some 5918.9 miles (9525.6 km).

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  2. The Express report on the British Army potentially being integrated into an EU army made me smile slightly this morning. Especially in light of the Daily Telegraph report this week that the German army are being forced to lay down weapons due to reaching their ‘overtime’ limits. Apparently, German soldiers taking part in a four-week Nato exercise in Norway earlier this year had to leave after just 12 days because they had gone over their overtime limits, it has emerged. One would hope that any aggressive force that we face in the event of an integrated EU army being created, would be kind enough to observe our soldier’s overtime restrictions and presumably only fight us within the confines of a strict 42 hour week imposed by Brussels.

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  3. The story about the SW coast being vulnerable is certainly true. We used to holiday there, and there are countless hundreds of coves all capable of hiding a yacht full of drugs for a few hours!

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