News Round-up – February 26th 2018

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

General Defence News

Helpline for troops battling ‘devastating’ mental health issues
(BBC News)

MP Nigel Huddleston visits Falkland Islands as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme
(Evesham Observer)

UK Government Minister received briefing on suspension of SNP councillor from MoD job
(Herald Scotland)

British Army News

MP’s anger as Army officer faces eighth investigation over Iraqi death
(Devon Live)

British Troops Join Estonia’s 100 Years Of Independence Celebrations
(Forces Network)

A fifth of British troops are too unfit to fight, warns former Armed Forces chief

Anthrax Vaccine Expansion For British Military ‘Being Considered’
(Forces Network)

This LAD Is Walking From Glasgow To London To Help Struggling Soldiers

Royal Air Force News

RAF spy planes monitor Vladimir Putin missiles as tensions between Russia and Britain soar

Aberdeen flight in near-miss with RAF fighter jet
(Aberdeen Evening Express)

New 4K Restoration of “The Dam Busters” to be screened to celebrate 75 years since Operation: Chastise

Lagan Construction administration will not affect work at RAF Marham
(Norfolk Eastern Daily Press)

RAF Marks 75 Years of Mountain Rescue
(Forces Network)

Royal Navy & Marines News

Royal Navy Escort Sparks Debate Over Capabilities
(The Maritime Executive)

HMS Forth To Arrive In Portsmouth
(Forces Network)

Rolls-Royce to deliver propellers and mission bay system for UK Type 26 GCS
(Naval Technology)

Cammell Laird and BAE outline Royal Navy frigate proposals
(Insider Media)

Birmingham Royal Marines receive Freedom of City

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.


7 responses to “News Round-up – February 26th 2018

    • I know what your saying, Andy, but I think more needs to be done to combat the mental impact military operations can have before and during the campaign. In fairness, the Army has done a lot with hardyness training prior to deployment after experience in the Falklands. They get some pretty grizzly briefings before they head out these days but seeing pics and videos is not the same as seeing a burned out car with the remains of a family inside after they went over an IED. Thing is its easy for us to say more needs to be done but the question is of course what? This is something that cant be handled in-house by the Army and Marines and they need to work with the psychological authorities to tackle it but it seems even then the Army high command can’t win. Look at the mocking tones the papers took last year when they released an advert saying it was ok for soldier’s to cry.

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      • Very true Tony. It’s a long hard road and of course there’s the money aspect. Mental support funding is not bottomless and it’s a growing concern, and not just in the forces. Maybe more will be done as it comes to the front – let’s hope so.

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      • I agree completely mate. The forces are making efforts. I have been in regular contact with the RBL and SSAFA, they are terrific organisations, but as you point out, combat can produce some very complex mental health issues. It takes a lot of work for the sufferer as well as service providers. It took me just over 20 years to even to begin to see how to tackle my problems. And you are quite correct that these issues can’t be handled in-house. They simply don’t have the resources. But there are some great organisations out there, like the RBL, SSAFA, MIND, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau are a fantastic resource and LIFT Swindon, if you are based in Wiltshire.

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