News Round-Up – July 30th 2017


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

Defence of the Realm News

Hello everyone. Thanks again for coming back to Defence of the Realm. You may have noticed that the amount of content being uploaded has dropped off in the last week. This is because with my daughter having now left school for the summer holidays I have very little time left to focus on researching and writing articles as I spend time with her. Therefore the site will be taking something of a summer hiatus until September regarding new articles. However, I will still be putting up a weekly news round-up section over the weekend as normal to keep you updated with the latest developments.

Thank you again. I wish you all a great summer.

General News

UK launches new mini defense and security review
(Defense News)

Michael Fallon: UK ‘equipped’ to deal with terror threats abroad
(ITV News)

Life inside ‘The Glasshouse’ – Britain’s only military prison
(Plymouth Herald)

UK military chiefs praise transgender troops
(BBC News)

The volunteer army fighting ISIS: US, British and local forces on the frontlines in Raqqa, Syria
(ABC News)

NATO Cyber Defence Centre names new director
(Federal Times)

Government failures see defence chiefs pay record sums for stressed out war veterans

Russian spy plane photographed in the skies over the South West
(Cornwall Live)

Stansted Airport becomes first airport in England to sign up to Armed Forces Covenant
(Braintree and Witham Times)

NASA, BP and the UK Ministry of Defence confirmed for the Commercial UAV Show
(Robotics Tomorrow)

British Army News

How the Government’s big austerity plan to replace regular soldiers with reservists has ‘led to crisis’
(The Independent)

British Army commander discusses means of return in visit with Raqqa Council

Ex-IRA terrorist confesses to bombing Army base 21 years ago

Senior British Army officer with PTSD ‘broke girlfriend’s arm in self-defence’, court martial hears

Former British army commander does not consider ‘taig’ as a ‘term of abuse’
(Irish News)

Royal Air Force News

RAF Typhoon and Tornado jets destroy an ISIS warehouse packed with explosives
(Daily Mail)

RAF Typhoons scrambled to see off two Russian jets racing towards Nato airspace in the Black Sea
(The Sun)

Russia to raise firepower in south to neuter NATO air ‘threat’

US Navy to routinely use RAF Lossiemouth for Poseidon training
(Press and Journal)

RAF upgrading HC4 Chinooks to new HC6A standard
(IHS Jane’s 360)

RAF tanker and US fighter jets nearly crashed as flight controller was distracted by phone call

New leadership for Royal Air Forces Association
(Charity Today News)

Royal Navy & Marines News

HMS America model one of a kind
(Sea Coast Online)

HMS Gleaner ends its survey work in Island waters
(Jersey Evening Post)

Sea Vixen future In question following analysis of belly landing damage
(The Aviationist)

Construction begins on next-gen Royal Navy frigate

Disclaimer: All news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them. An effort is made to vary news sources as much as possible to avoid political bias.


6 responses to “News Round-Up – July 30th 2017

  1. Some really good stories there. I still wonder what is wrong with me. I have never knowingly seen a transgender person, yet the talk is as if there is one in ten people in that category.

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    • As delicately as I can put this – my sister-in-law’s sister was born a man and has now completed the process. I’ll be honest, sometimes I forget that she wasn’t born a woman and its clear she is so much happier now.
      As for serving their country my attitude has always been that if you are mentally and physically able to meet the requirements you should be allowed to serve. Regardless of gender, religion or sexual orientation. It’s the 21st century for goodness sake.

      Thanks as always John


  2. It must have been exciting for the crews of the Typhoon’s to intercept those Tu-22s over the Black Sea. They also ‘Buzzed’ HMS Duncan on her way to the port of Odessa – quite a presence by the British military in the Black Sea of late.

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