News Round-Up – December 8th 2016


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

British Army News

Fury as murder probe is launched into all killings by British soldiers in Northern Ireland

Chilling images show Russian tanks invading British countryside as troops prepare for Estonia face-off with Putin
(The Sun)

Russia MOCKS British Army over ‘poor’ war drills on Salisbury Plain
(Daily Express)

British Army has just FIVE Russian interpreters despite Cold War threat

Royal Air Force News

Daesh tank destroyed by RAF Tornado using Brimstone missile

Family of missing RAF man  pledge five-figure reward for anyone who finds him
(Mail Online)

RAF veteran hit with £2,500 fine for flying Remembrance flag which broke ‘advertising laws’

US crew (including 3 RAF personnel) lauded for 2015 mission that put stranglehold on Islamic State in Iraq
(Omaha World Herald)

£27m contract awarded to build new squadron headquarters at RAF Marham in west Norfolk
(Eastern Daily Press)

UK defence secretary announces £100m deal to improve RAF drones
(The Guardian)

Royal Navy & Marines News

Royal Navy’s HMS Illustrious sets sail on her final journey
(The Sun)

Two more Royal Navy patrol vessels to be built at Govan shipyard

HMS Sutherland monitors Russian warship Vice Admiral Kulakov
(Your Defence News)

A new £11m Royal Navy training facility will be built in Cardiff Bay
(Wales Online)

Theresa May visits HMS Ocean – the flagship given a £65m refit which is being axed in two years

Time running out to save Britain’s U-boat hunter from scrapyard
(The Guardian)

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


5 responses to “News Round-Up – December 8th 2016

  1. It was sad to see ‘Lusty’ on her way to the scrapyard this week. The Invincible-Class has certainly given Stirling service to this nation, and have proved well worth the money. The Illustrious’ sister ships the HMS Invincible cost £184.5 million in 1980, accounting for .08% of GDP and 1.38% of defense spending, and the HMS Ark Royal cost £332.9 million in 1985, at .09% of GDP and 1.74% of defense spending. By comparison, the new Queen Elizabeth class carriers cost £6.2 billion and counting. Admittedly it is almost impossible to compare the two, the Invincible’s were certainly good value in so many ways.

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    • Oh it was heartbreaking to see the old girl go. The Invincible-class as a whole was an extraordinary success story. On paper they were nothing special being designed as helicopter carriers for an ASW mission. Instead they proved incredibly adaptable and even the US Navy with their supercarriers frequently commented that they were amazingly versatile ships. They are classically British in that they muddled their way through and thanks to bloody good people serving on them they excelled themselves time and time again

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