News Round-Up – January 11th 2017

Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ376 of 815 NAS 212 Flight aboard HMS Duncan (D37) at West India Dock 2

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


General News

Leonardo to support 62 AW159 Wildcats for British Army and Royal Navy
(Aviation Tribune)

Military history AT RISK as MoD ‘SLASHES funding to Army museums across the country’
(Express)

MoD awards £30m laser weapon contract
(The Engineer)


British Army

Brigadier who is accused of fraud becomes the most senior officer to face court martial since 1952
(Mail Online)

Injured soldier sues Ministry of Defence over rogue Afghan cop’s shooting spree
(The Telegraph)

Irish recruits to HM Forces ‘make good soldiers’
(Belfast Newsletter)


Royal Air Force

Nearly a third of RAF’s combat jets grounded by mechanical gremlins as 14 years of war take their toll
(The Sun)

UK A400M Support Contract: For Fleet of 22 Atlas Aircraft
(Second Line of Defence)

Phone part has no link to hunt for missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague, police say
(The Telegraph)


Royal Navy & Marines

Royal Marines ‘facing cut in numbers’ to meet £500m shortfall
(Express & Echo)

Retired Royal Navy subs rusting in dock cost taxpayers 34.4million over several years
(Mirror)

Baggers’ sights set on defending Queen Elizabeth task group
(Navy News)

Fears over expanding MoD police role on the Clyde
(The Ferret Scot)

Royal Navy test 3D printed drone in Antarctic
(Digital Trends)


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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4 responses to “News Round-Up – January 11th 2017

  1. I saw the report about the RN subs waiting for disposal at Devonport and Rosyth on Forces News. It’s a relatively recent problem, being that it is difficult to dispose of material associated with the nuclear powerplants of these boats. HMS Dreadnought is still there, how they solve this problem will take some creative thinking. I was also saddened to hear about the closure of several Army museums. I hope the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop won’t be one of them, I have spent many a happy hour there with my father.

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  2. It is foolish in the extreme to forget our history. We should be building bridges by opening new museums such as ones about the involvement of ethnic minorities in our armed forces. African, Indian, Moslem, Sikh, West Indian, they have all played huge parts in our military history. What would such museums do for social cohesion and trade after Brexit? One final question. If the allegedly fraudulent officer is found guilty, will they pass him a revolver like in all the old B/W films? Or will it be Sudbury Extremely Open Prison?

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    • I couldn’t agree more on there being greater recognition of minorities who have served the UK. As for the court martial thing I think they will have to make a point of there being no time limit for escaping the law although a revolver maybe a bit harsh

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