News Round-Up – December 29th 2016

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Defence of the Realm’s Christmas hiatus is over. Here are some of the latest British military news stories making the headlines this past week.

General News

Forces braced for more cuts in defence cash squeeze
(The Telegraph)

UK must boost its defence role after Brexit
(Financial Times)

MoD made 44 allegations of corruption on defence contracts since 2011
(The Guardian)

British Army News

UK Strike Brigades to wait for new artillery

Iraq mission ahead for Wolverhampton Army Reserve
(Express & Star)

Russian defence minister compares British army to Nazi Germany
(The Independant)

Six British ex-solders spending Christmas Day in ‘hell hole’ Indian jail

UK Detectives Investigating Death of Kenyan in British Army
(All Africa)

This is a drill: British army returns to Hong Kong

Royal Air Force News

RAF preparing for major offensive against ISIS to crush Syrian terror ‘capital’ Raqqa

Corrie Mckeague and his mysterious disappearance

Huge unexploded World War Two bomb dropped by RAF defused after 54,000 people evacuated from their homes in Germany at Christmas
(The Irish Sun)

RAF College Cranwell set for expansion
(Grantham Journal)

Royal Navy & Marines News

Rolls-Royce prepares to test ‘fix’ for unreliable Type 45 destroyer engines on the open sea
(The Telegraph)

HMS Shoreham completes refurb
(Shepard Media)

Britain is struggling to cope with an increasingly aggressive Russian navy
(Mail Online)

Royal Commonwealth Society director backs calls for a new HMY Britannia
(The Telegraph)

World’s oldest warship afloat in North-East dock takes on a £1m adventure for bicentenary
(The Northern Echo)

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


4 responses to “News Round-Up – December 29th 2016

  1. I love irony. in 2013 Putin said that Britain is “a small island no one listens to”, If that is the case, why are the Russian’s trying to determine the strength of our naval assets? They are clearly worried about something for such a small and insignificant island. And as for that ‘old boiler’ Kuznetsov being considered a threat is laughable. On November 14 a MIG 29K crashed into the Mediterranean, and in early December a Sukhoi 33 crashed whilst trying to land. If these kinds of failures had happened during Royal Navy carrier ops, there would be a public outcry. Bring on the Queen Elizabeth class. Then we will see how small the United Kingdom is.

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    • I think Brexit has rattled him a bit. I think there was a belief we are a country that has been dictated to by the EU and US and are happy with that as long as we play big. Now however we are regaining economic and diplomatic sovereignty (for better and worse) and I think there are some who are worried how far we are willing to go. Don’t forget, it was the EU that played it softly-softly with Russia through the South Ossetia War and Ukraine. A reinvigorated UK military and foreign policy may not be such a pushover in future given the anti Russian feeling here. It all depends of course on whether No.10 backs up our policy with adequate investment in the armed forces especially the RN. Thanks for the input mate.

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  2. So the defence review wasn’t carried out properly and may have to be reopened, further cuts to the armed forces and the soviets probing out defences again. When will the government wake up and see what’s going on.

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