News Round-up – February 14th 2018

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

General Defence News

UK missed 2% defence spending target, report claims
(Financial Times)

Ministry of Defence to let soldiers work part-time in bid to attract new recruits

Ministry of Defence has spent £100mn in abuse compensation from Iraq and Afghanistan
(The Sun)

NATO chief backs bigger alliance training mission in Iraq

Nato’s stance and strategy in Europe

BAE proposes UK government financing to Malaysia for Typhoon jet deal

Increase in US jets flying from RAF Lakenheath
(Norfolk Eastern Daily Press)

British Army News

British Troops Undertake ‘Incredibly Important’ Winter Exercise In Estonia
(Forces Network)

Senior Rhyl Army officer leading UK troops in Estonia ‘to counter intensifying aggression’ from Russia
(Daily Post North Wales)

British Army Chief visits Kohima
(United News of India)

Beaten soldier awarded £1 million damages against Ministry of Defence
(St Helens Star)

Mum’s agony over not being able to tell children what happened to their soldier dad as ‘Army refuse to reveal how he died’
(The Sun)

‘We’ll also find traces of the fighting from 1914 and 1917 including the remains of British and German soldiers” Belgian Trench Excavation
(Daily Mail)

Royal Air Force News

Royal Air Force says ‘We love Lossie’ ahead of massive expansion at base
(Press and Journal)

Red Arrows death: Ejection seat failure a ‘once every 115 years’ event
(BBC News)

RAF Typhoon to Get Unparalleled Armaments
(Aviation Today)

Dhadnah event marks 75th anniversary of WWII crash
(Gulf Today)

Royal Navy & Marines News

HMS Queen Elizabeth in maiden Rock call
(Gibraltar Chronicle)

Britain trying to ‘headline grab’ in South China Sea, says state media
(The Guardian)

Royal Navy ship ‘sails within METRES of Russian boat’ during show of force NATO mission
(Daily Star)

London City Airport reopens after World War II bomb removed by Royal Navy

Fascinating pictures show Royal Marines in action aboard navy’s mighty warships during World War Two
(Daily Mail)

Hundreds of mourners salute Royal Navy doctor who saved hundreds of lives in the Falklands War

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.



One response to “News Round-up – February 14th 2018

  1. Hollywood should seriously consider making a movie out of Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly. He’s the only man to be decorated by both Argentina and the UK for his role in the Falklands war, He was appointed an OBE by the Queen, and awarded the Orden de Mayo (Order of May) by Argentina for his service during the war.

    He commanded the naval hospital from Ajax bay, which was an ex-meat packing factory (not exactly sanitary), where he treated both Argentine and British troops.

    Jolly was the senior medical officer of 3 Commando Brigade, the force of around 5,500 Royal Marines and paratroopers.

    The field hospital was known as the ‘Red and Green Life Machine’, but because of the proximity of a British ammunition dump, they were not allowed to display a red cross on the building, in accordance with Geneva conventions, and an Argentinian Skyhawk hit the plant with two bombs, which remained unexploded in the roof throughout the campaign.

    A large, jovial, extrovert figure, Jolly did not lack personal courage. As a young medical officer attached to 42 Commando in Belfast in 1972, he had insisted on going out on street patrols to be on hand if casualties occurred. Likewise, in the Falklands, as Argentinian jets pounded the British taskforce in the battle for San Carlos Water, he set out in a Wessex helicopter to bring back injured sailors from the damaged frigate, HMS Argonaut.

    Skimming low across the water, he spotted three survivors of the burning hulk of another frigate, HMS Ardent, one in danger of drowning because his life jacket had been holed. Despite not wearing an immersion suit, Jolly insisted on being winched down 20ft to pluck the men to safety from the freezing water. Later that day, he flew three young Argentinian conscripts back to the Canberra for treatment for gunshot wounds; like many of their comrades in the weeks ahead, the men expected to be tortured, and found it difficult to accept that they were being cared for with the same dedication as their foes.

    What an extraordinary man and a ‘One Off’. His like rarely comes along and he will be sorely missed.


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