News Round-Up – October 16th 2017

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

General Defence News

Britons who fight for Islamic State make themselves a ‘legitimate target’, says Michael Fallon
(Sky News)

Ministers try to push through plans for £100m royal yacht as EU talks remain deadlocked
(The Independent)

BAE Systems to axe 1915 jobs in UK
(Airforce Technology)

America’s Most Powerful Fighter Jet Ever Is Headed to Europe
(The National Interest Online)

PM’s former security adviser warns of Brexit defence cuts
(The Guardian)

Prince Harry presents South Central Ambulance Trust with Ministry of Defence award
(Basingstoke Gazette)

British Army News

Ex-British Army soldier made rucksack bomb threat hours after London Bridge terror attacks
(International Business Times UK)

Take foreign aid money to pay UK army for £50m hurricane relief effort, urges ex-army head

British Army Chief acknowledges Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism
(Radio Pakistan)

Museum funding crisis puts Rorke’s Drift memories at risk
(The Times)

What Northern Ireland’s past reveals about soldiers with mixed allegiances
(The Conversation UK)

WATCH: British Army Terrier rips up quad bike!
(Forces Network)

Royal Air Force News

British RAF’s Typhoon jets conduct longest sortie in fight against ISIS
(Airforce Technology)

A memorial has been unveiled to a Hurricane fighter pilot who crashed near Sevenoaks
(Kent Live)

Jets flown by RAF Red Arrows will be built overseas unless government steps in, warn 142 MPs 
(Daily Mail)

RAF jets scrambled as ‘aircraft vanishes from radar’ over English Channel
(Daily Star)

Ministry of Defence explains reason behind ‘annoyingly loud’ planes over Hull
(Hull Daily Mail)

RAF military working dog trials 2017
(Forces Network)

Aircraft touch down at RAF Brize Norton after mission to Caribbean
(Oxford Mail)

Exhibition on Czechoslovak RAF pilots opens in Brno
(Prague Daily Monitor)

RAF Benson squadron receives top honour from the Queen for service in Iraq
(Oxford Mail)

Royal Navy & Marines News

The plan to save Plymouth’s naval base and Royal Marines
(Plymouth Herald)

Royal Navy bomb disposal divers save tanker packed with 1000 tons of fuel
(Daily Mail)

Royal Navy shoots missiles down off Scottish coast
(The Scotsman)

UK MoD amends MSDF contract with BAE Systems
(Naval Technology)

Britain’s Royal Navy rushes out HMS Tyne to patrol fishing waters and scare off EU ships
(The Sun)

Hard Questions for the Future of the Royal Navy
(The Maritime Executive)

Council will have links with new Royal Navy boat which is tackling piracy
(Nottingham Post)

Thales to provide communications systems support for British Royal Navy fleet
(Naval Technology)

Farewell to Newport’s Royal Navy ship – HMS Severn
(South Wales Argus)

Army ‘gender general’ upset as Royal Marines fail to attend gay rights event
(The Sun)

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.


3 responses to “News Round-Up – October 16th 2017

  1. Cuts are always a contentious issue. With the introduction of the Queen Elizabeth-class carriers and the F-35, sadly something has to go. The problem of course is reducing capability.

    We know that HMS Ocean is being decommissioned, there is ominous talk that HMS Albion and Bulwark may face the axe and we know that we only have 13 frigates of a total of a paltry 19 major surface combatants.

    But is the Navy being clever in other areas? We have a number of new Royal Fleet Auxiliaries coming into service. We have three Bay-class dock landing ships, Lyme Bay, Mounts Bay, and Cardigan Bay, which had entered service by 2007. These often get dismissed or overlooked because they don’t have an ‘HMS’ prefix, yet they can carry chinooks, 356 troops, 200 tonnes of cargo and are armed with cannon, phalanx and mini-guns.

    Then there are the 4 (planned) Tide-class fast fleet tankers, which can carry one chinook, has an enclosed Merlin-capable hangar and has phalanx and cannons and can carry 46 Royal Marines in addition to the crew.

    No, they aren’t frigates, but the Navy certainly intends to use them as guard ships in the style of the old sloop or gun-boat. The Royal Navy is also planning to integrate it’s new carriers into a multi-national task group.

    In order to make up for the shortfall in Frigates, the HMS Queen Elizabeth is likely to put to sea with British, French, Dutch and Danish support ships. Extensive training in this respect has already taken place in the North Sea and the Baltic.

    The NATO Standing Maritime Groups of ships from NATO nations and their partners have been operating for a number of years. The HMS Prince of Wales will likely have a US Marine Corps F-35 carrier Air Wing.

    This has yet to be confirmed, but extensive training and preparation for this has taken place at NAS Patuxent River. The Prince of Wales, it has been suggested will likely be the basis for a rotational carrier group in the South China Sea. We may not like it, but integration is the name of the game in the 21st century.

    We aren’t the only navy experiencing severe cuts, the more we integrate with our NATO partners, the more effective we will be. I have no doubt I will come into some hefty criticism for this response, but opinions are always welcome.


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