News Round-up – May 13th 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 MoD lacks funding to buy all equipment it says it needs, parliament finds
(IHS Jane’s 360)

Star Wars style weapons just years away from being used by Brit soldiers and RAF fighter pilots
(Scottish Daily Record)

Hundreds Watch RAF Take Top Boxing Honours Over Army In Cyprus
(Forces Network)

Marshall wins landmark deal for UK in Bangladesh
(Business Weekly)

Royal wedding preparations underway as military personnel seen rehearsing their duties
(Sunday Express)


British Army News

Former SAS commander Lieutenant-General Mark Carleton-Smith is new Army chief
(Sky News)

Veterans hounded over the Troubles deaths will no longer receive amnesty 
(The Sun)

British army instructor posts video of crying recruit and could now face court-martial
(American Military News)

British Army Brass Band makes Major return
(4barsrest.com)

British army to tackle African elephant poachers who fund their Islamic extremism
(Daily Mail)

Ted Heath ordered cover-up of SAS training for undercover Army unit, new book claims
(Belfast Telegraph)


Royal Air Force News

UK parliament launches inquiry into RAF strikes on Mosul and Raqqa
(Middle East Eye)

RAF jets obliterate ISIS complex in huge terror raid
(Daily Star)

First images released of what RAF’s new fleet of Poseidon aircraft will look like
(Press and Journal)

UK and Norway plan anti-submarine co-operation
(IHS Jane’s 360)

RAF, RSAF observe Cerberus Strike
(Air Force Link)

Body of RAF serviceman to be repatriated
(Oxford Mail)

RAF grounds its Vigilant T1 training gliders over safety fears
(The Times)


Royal Navy & Marines News

UK Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Set for US Visit, F-35B Trials
(USNI News)

Give £1bn navy contract to UK firms, Corbyn urges
(Insider.co.uk)

Royal Navy Recognizes 14 Sailors for Bravery
(The Maritime Executive)

Royal Navy acquires first autonomous robot minesweeper
(TechSource)

Royal Navy concludes Information Warrior 2018
(Shephard Media)

The Royal Throwdown: Royal Marines vs US Marine Corps
(Forces Network)

The Home Of Britain’s Nuclear Deterrent Turns 50
(Forces Network)


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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7 responses to “News Round-up – May 13th 2018

  1. So Star Wars becomes reality but there’s no money to equip them! Those who served in NI are also to be hounded whilst those who committed mass murder seem to get off! The world is rather upside down!

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    • I know what you mean Andy. The “legality” of it concerns the fact that the Army were operating under the restrictions of the law and the IRA were not. Therefore when the Good Friday agreement was signed the IRA were allowed to stand down and as long as they didn’t take up arms again they were allowed to essentially escape prosecution. However, the Army were still answerable for their conduct if it was outside their remit. NOW – I am going to honestly say that if a soldier did engage in acts of unsubstantiated violence then fair enough they should answer for it. But if (as has happened) a soldier shot up a car full of armed IRA members without attempting to arrest them first then its a consequence of the troubles and that’s that. In theory the Army should have supported the RUC in arresting IRA members but from a practical stand point they were effectively fighting a war! It’s a real murky area and I am worried that all those servicemen and women who gave their lives out there are going to be betrayed by this government to satisfy the EU.

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      • I totally agree Tony, the armed forces should be supported, after all when you’re fighting a war, especially against terrorists, then things may not be so clear cut. Are the armed forces going to be too frightened to do their job for fear of prosecution – I hope not!

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      • Well this is it. It would be an impossible situation to put our people in to. You have a choice – get killed legally or survive and be prosecuted. It seems like its forgotten that the republicans planted bombs in shops and restaurants.

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