News Round-Up – September 2nd 2017

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


General News

PM calls for closer defence ties with Japan following North Korea threat
(Forces Network)

Bahrain to get ex-RAF C-130Js
(IHS Jane’s 360)

Miami murders: Court orders release of MoD and PSNI security files
(BBC News)


British Army News

UK special forces to join Trump’s Afghanistan troop surge
(Press TV)

Dramatic footage shows moment British Army paratrooper jumps from dizzying heights
(Evening Standard)

British Army Gurkha ‘super-tracker’ hunting poachers in Gabon to save last remaining elephants
(Telegraph)

Army bomb team disposes of historic hand grenade in Dublin
(Newstalk 106-108fm)

Photograph capturing the spirit of the British Army nominated for National Award
(Forces Network)

Family members who had relatives killed by British Army during Troubles stage sit-in protest at Museum of Free Derry
(Derry Now)


Royal Air Force News

RAF’s close combat unit opens to women for the first time
(BBC News)

RAF Typhoons and Tornados take out ISIS jihadis travelling in a truck in Iraq
(Daily Mail)

RAF fighters reinforce NATO Baltic air policing in Estonia
(IHS Jane’s 360)

Wreckage of WWII RAF plane that helped drive the Nazis from Norway is found by cable-laying boat at the bottom of the North Sea 70 years after it vanished without trace
(Daily Mail)

The RAF Photographic Competition 2017, in pictures
(Telegraph)

New home to save RAF Museum of Firefighting in Lincolnshire
(Lincolnshire Live)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Ministry of Defence names head of Trident nuclear submarine programme
(NW Evening Mail)

Royal Navy sends just one (casualty) ship to showpiece sea and air event
(Telegraph)

“Lessons have been learned”: Royal Navy’s second aircraft carrier prepares for big day
(The Courier)

The Royal Navy’s next ‘frigate’ is not a frigate
(War Is Boring)

Ocean life inspires new Royal Navy submarine concepts
(The Engineer)


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.

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10 responses to “News Round-Up – September 2nd 2017

  1. Closer defence ties with Japan has already caused consternation with China. Fallon has announced that HMS Argyle – Type 23 Frigate is to be despatched to the South Chia Sea, which the Chinese are not happy about, and Boris Johnson has rubbed the Chinese leadership up the wrong way by saying that the HMS Queen Elizabeth will be going to the region next year. In the meantime Theresa May is desparately trying to organise a trade deal while PM Shinzo Abe has his thoughts (unsurprisingly) towards North Korea and whether the next time they fore an ICBM towards Japan, it might have a miniaturised warhead that might hit Honshu.

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    • It will be interesting to see how the “Queen” handles such a long deployment so soon. The trouble is, the slightest problem with the ship gets blown out of proportion in the media which will always generate a poor opinion of it. We seem determined to rag on our programs these days

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      • I don’t understand it. I think the QE and PoW are fantastic ships. People bemoan that we only have 13 frigates, but the QE is intended to be part of a NATO Standing Maritime Task Group, including Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, German, French and American ships. In this instance, the number of frigates we have is irrelevant – that is why our carrier crews are being trained by the American’s on the George HW Bush. There is serious talk that the Prince will have a rotational air group of US Marines F-35Bs – General Dunsford, Commander of the Marine Corps took a tour on her recently and alluded to this. Therefore with this integration, the be-moaners will complain that it isn’t the Royal Navy anymore I suppose?

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      • I am not concerned about having an all-British carrier group. What I am more concerned about is whether we will get the support if it is an all-British affair like the Falklands. If the US and our allies will only commit if it interests them then if a situation like 1982 does pop up we could be in serious trouble.

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