News Round-Up – August 6th 2017

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General News

It’s Time To Stop Stigmatising Muslim Recruits to Army
(HuffPost UK)

Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly has read this grim British WWI novel after every promotion since age 25
(Business Insider)

NATO helps Iraq boost civil-military cooperation in dealing with terrorist challenges
(NATO HQ press release)

New Care Home For Veterans In High Wycombe
(Forces Network)


British Army News

Down GAA to use former British army base as new training centre
(Irish Times)

‘Lessons to be learnt’ over cadets’ rescue – MoD
(ITV News)

Rescued Army cadets “British terrorists in training”, claims republican group
(Belfast Newsletter)

British Army’s White Helmets to disband after 90 years
(Country Life)

UK soldier arrested after fatal car crash at Cyprus base
(BBC News)

Gay SAS soldier claims he suffered anti-gay discrimination
(Attitude Magazine)

‘Whistleblowing’ GP loses legal fight after MOD sacking
(BBC News)


Royal Air Force News

Top RAF test pilot died after ‘series of failings’
(The Guardian)

RAF Sentinel Aircraft Helped In Recapture Of Mosul From Daesh
(Defenseworld)

RAF Valley move Hawks to Llanbedr Airfield
(Aviation Wales)

Historic WW1 plane is restored after 100 years
(WTVY, Dothan)

RAF Regiment training at US airport
(Columbia Basin Herald)

RAF to blow £8m on 100th birthday celebrations despite warnings about lack of staff and £20bn MoD black hole
(The Sun)

RAF weighs training balance as new fleet nears use
(Flightglobal)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Portsmouth Naval Base Improvements Start
(Heart)

British Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose completes machinery and weapons trials
(Naval Technology)

Terrorist who infiltrated Royal Marines and built bombs for dissident Irish Republicans jailed for 18 years
(Mail Online)

Two Royal Navy Sea King Mk5 helicopters are set to be redeployed and will be based on Portland
(Dorset Echo)

Rising tensions in Helensburgh’s cold war with neighbouring Faslane naval base
(Herald Scotland)

Steam Tug Celebrates 90th Birthday With Royal Navy Salute
(Forces Network)

UK MoD awards new Royal Navy contracts to Babcock and BAE Systems
(Naval Technology)

Prince Philip retires: Queen Elizabeth’s husband bows out of public life
(ABC Online)


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.

News Round-Up – July 30th 2017

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


Defence of the Realm News

Hello everyone. Thanks again for coming back to Defence of the Realm. You may have noticed that the amount of content being uploaded has dropped off in the last week. This is because with my daughter having now left school for the summer holidays I have very little time left to focus on researching and writing articles as I spend time with her. Therefore the site will be taking something of a summer hiatus until September regarding new articles. However, I will still be putting up a weekly news round-up section over the weekend as normal to keep you updated with the latest developments.

Thank you again. I wish you all a great summer.


General News

UK launches new mini defense and security review
(Defense News)

Michael Fallon: UK ‘equipped’ to deal with terror threats abroad
(ITV News)

Life inside ‘The Glasshouse’ – Britain’s only military prison
(Plymouth Herald)

UK military chiefs praise transgender troops
(BBC News)

The volunteer army fighting ISIS: US, British and local forces on the frontlines in Raqqa, Syria
(ABC News)

NATO Cyber Defence Centre names new director
(Federal Times)

Government failures see defence chiefs pay record sums for stressed out war veterans
(Mirror)

Russian spy plane photographed in the skies over the South West
(Cornwall Live)

Stansted Airport becomes first airport in England to sign up to Armed Forces Covenant
(Braintree and Witham Times)

NASA, BP and the UK Ministry of Defence confirmed for the Commercial UAV Show
(Robotics Tomorrow)


British Army News

How the Government’s big austerity plan to replace regular soldiers with reservists has ‘led to crisis’
(The Independent)

British Army commander discusses means of return in visit with Raqqa Council
(Rudaw)

Ex-IRA terrorist confesses to bombing Army base 21 years ago
(Express)

Senior British Army officer with PTSD ‘broke girlfriend’s arm in self-defence’, court martial hears
(Telegraph)

Former British army commander does not consider ‘taig’ as a ‘term of abuse’
(Irish News)


Royal Air Force News

RAF Typhoon and Tornado jets destroy an ISIS warehouse packed with explosives
(Daily Mail)

RAF Typhoons scrambled to see off two Russian jets racing towards Nato airspace in the Black Sea
(The Sun)

Russia to raise firepower in south to neuter NATO air ‘threat’
(Newsweek)

US Navy to routinely use RAF Lossiemouth for Poseidon training
(Press and Journal)

RAF upgrading HC4 Chinooks to new HC6A standard
(IHS Jane’s 360)

RAF tanker and US fighter jets nearly crashed as flight controller was distracted by phone call
(Telegraph)

New leadership for Royal Air Forces Association
(Charity Today News)


Royal Navy & Marines News

HMS America model one of a kind
(Sea Coast Online)

HMS Gleaner ends its survey work in Island waters
(Jersey Evening Post)

Sea Vixen future In question following analysis of belly landing damage
(The Aviationist)

Construction begins on next-gen Royal Navy frigate
(ENGINEERING.com)


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.

News Round-Up – July 23rd 2017

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


General News

Amid Brexit, Germany and UK to expand defense cooperation
(Defense News)

Ministers ‘undermined law’ over Iraq war crimes allegations
(Guardian)

US ‘closely tracking’ as Chinese navy in the Baltics for war games with Russia
(Telegraph)

USAFE and European partners seek common ground in integrating F-35
(Stars & Stripes)

A Ministry of Defence official accidentally dropped a £1000 submachine gun off the side of a boat
(Business Insider UK)

Britain risked offending Saudi Arabia by smuggling in Christmas trees ahead of Gulf War
(Daily Express)


British Army News

How British soldiers are protecting endangered elephants from vile extremist poachers
(Daily Express)

Royal Welsh Regiment to head to Estonia
(IHS Jane’s 360)

Terror fears as jihadis try to join British Army – 250 recruits fail security checks
(Daily Star)

Newly released FCO files reveal British Army had direct involvement in June 1984 Sikh genocide
(SikhSiyasat.Net)


Royal Air Force News

RAF to allow women to serve in close combat roles
(IHS Jane’s 360)

UK to drive down Typhoon operating costs to match F-16
(Flightglobal)

Red Arrows pay touching tribute to brave Bradley Lowery by making blue heart in the sky to remember the brave football mascot
(Daily Mail)

Centre wing box replacement deal supports RAF’s Hercules
(Flightglobal)

Inzpire to support Protector RPAS training development
(Shepard Media)

Corrie McKeague father left heartbroken as landfill search for missing son ends
(Herald Scotland)

Prince Harry presents new Colour to RAF regiment in anniversary year
(Daily Express)


Royal Navy & Marines News

HMS Duncan in show of force for Russian spy ship in the Black Sea
(The Times)

Royal Navy escorts China’s warships ready for Russian war drills out of English Channel
(Daily Express)

Construction begins on £3.5bn fleet of Royal Navy frigates – and the first to sail will be HMS Glasgow
(The Sun)

BAE Systems and Tods Defence announce the award of the Type 26 Frigate bow sonar dome contract 
(Benzinga)

Royal Navy divers recover famed “Bouncing Bombs”
(Maritime-Executive)

Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter returns after training aboard German Navy frigate
(Naval Technology)

Emotional farewell to the Royal Navy’s ‘Good Boat’ HMS Torbay
(Devon Live)


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.

News Round-Up – July 15th 2017

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

General News

Watch: Highlights from day one of Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford
(Gloucestershire Live)

North Korea’s biological WAR: Jong-un’s kingdom weaponises deadly diseases to smash enemy
(Daily Express)

HMS Queen Elizabeth will go ‘straight to the bottom of the ocean’ without greater protection, retired RAF chiefs warn
(Daily Telegraph)

UK Defence Ministry to modernise information infrastructure
(Telecompaper)

British, Israeli militaries conduct joint emergency drill
(Breitbart)

Leonardo, Airbus to bid for UK ‘Top Gun’ training deal
(Reuters)


British Army News

British Army to keep vehicle depot in Germany
(IHS Janes)

British Army slams misuse of band uniform during Twelfth parade
(The Irish News)

Germany tries ex-IRA terrorist for ‘trying to bomb Army base’
(Daily Express)

Memorial moment for Welsh fallen in three conflicts
(BBC)


Royal Air Force News

Air Power 2017: RAF looks to regain competitive edge
(Shepard Media)

Fallon to announce defensive upgrades for Typhoon fighters
(Defenseworld)

British RAF to begin recruiting women for ground close combat roles for first time
(Airforce Technology)

Squadrons for RAF Lossiemouth’s new aircraft announced
(BBC)

Sir Michael Fallon hails £120m investment in UK air power
(Belfast Telegraph)

Eurofighter Typhoon Test Fires Brimstone Air-to-Surface Missile
(Defenseworld)


Royal Navy & Marines News

BAE Systems awards contracts to 14 companies for British Royal Navy’s Type 26 ships
(Naval Technology)

UK’s most expensive military assets ‘increasingly vulnerable’ to cheap missile attacks by Russia and China
(Independent)

Trident factory upgrades costs double original budget
(BBC)

British navy vessel arrives in Doha to take part in joint exercise
(The Baltic Post)

Navy minesweeper back at home port after ‘very successful’ NATO deployment
(Herald Scotland)

Eastney Falklands Yomper statue move to museum dropped
(BBC)


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.

News Round-Up – July 9th 2017

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

General News

Argentinians plot to raid Falklands and plant their flag on British soil
(Express)

Fallon: Break with European Union gives UK more flexibility to deal with Russia
(USNI)

This is why women in the armed forces are celebrating today
(Marie Claire)

Tight budgets and imminent Brexit threaten Britain’s armed forces
(Economist)

Lawrence of Arabia fans solve WWI mystery
(Rutland Herald)


British Army News

Army intelligence targets Russia’s fake news in Poland and the Baltic states
(Express)

The British Army, ATDU, and DSTL to discuss survivability for combat vehicles
(EU Business)

Ex-British Army chief accuses defence chiefs of breaking the law by failing battle-scarred troops with PTSD
(The Sun)

Public viewing soldiers as victims risks damaging Army, says Chief of the General Staff
(Telegraph)

Ruth Davidson hits out at SNP over ‘vitriolic tirades’ after she was made honorary colonel
(Telegraph)

Deadly Legionnaire’s disease found in showers at barracks of Queen’s Buckingham Palace guards where hundreds of soldiers live
(Mirror)

Policeman speaks of abuse at hands of evil Army Cadet boss
(Birmingham Mail)


Royal Air Force News

Weapons in the Tornado-Typhoon Transition: Shaping a Way Ahead
(Second Line of Defence)

Italian Typhoons to replace RAF on NATO southern policing duties
(IHS)

Squadron which will train F-35 Lightning pilots at RAF Marham announced
(Eastern Daily Press)

Bangladesh to buy two RAF C130J transport planes
(Defense World)

Norfolk firms benefiting as contracts are handed out for £27m RAF Marham upgrade
(Eastern Daily Press)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Royal Navy’s Fleet Flagship HMS Ocean make final voyage through Sunderland
(The Sun)

Merlin first to land on Royal Navy’s biggest warship
(ITV)

HMS Montrose completes refit
(Plymouth Herald)

Royal Marines participate in Exercise Green Dragon to test battlefield logistics
(Naval Technology)

Faulty doors on new £3billion Royal Navy warship injure sailors
(Daily Record)

The Royal Navy photographer of the year 2017 – In pictures
(Yahoo)


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.

Latest incursion by Spanish warship in to Gibraltar’s waters prompts calls to cancel visit by King Felipe VI to Buckingham Palace

A Spanish Navy warship, the Centinela, deliberately ignored radio calls from authorities on Gibraltar after it violated British territorial waters around the island on Saturday. This prompted the Royal Navy’s Gibraltar Squadron to dispatch one of its fast patrol boats, HMS Sabre, to order the vessel to leave.  It has been reported by the press in Gibraltar that this led to a potentially dangerous situation when the British patrol boat came “within yards” of being rammed by the 1,200 ton Spanish warship.

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The British Daily Express newspaper claimed a source within the Royal Navy told them;

Instead of leaving, she deliberately altered and re-altered her course. At one stage there was a real and imminent danger of collision.

The government on Gibraltar were quick to condemn the incident and criticised the Spanish Navy and government for the provocative act. Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said;

These silly but dangerous manoeuvres by a supposed Nato ally are operationally irresponsible, legally irrelevant and politically inopportune. They do nothing to create a positive environment for mutual co-operation and instead hark back to another century.

This latest incident comes ahead of a planned visit by Spanish King Felipe VI to the UK scheduled to take place in the middle of this month. It is the first time in over 31 years that a Spanish monarch has visited Britain but some MPs have called for the visit to be cancelled in protest to Spain’s continued disregard for Gibraltar’s sovereignty.

Conservative Andrew Rosindell, MP for the Romford constituency in Greater London, said on Sunday;

The people of Gibraltar are rightly nervous. They break the rules while we, in turn, welcome the King and Queen of Spain for a state visit. What kind of message is that for the people of Gibraltar? The people of Gibraltar are very unnerved, and rightly so. The Government needs to be much more robust.

Last weekend’s incident is only the latest in a long line of incursions in to the waters around Gibraltar by Spanish ships;

  • Tuesday July 7th 2015 – A Royal Navy RIB was damaged in a collision with the Spanish survey ship Angeles Alvarino in Gibraltar’s waters.
  • April 2016 – It was reported that a Spanish Guarda Civil patrol boat deliberately blocked a US submarine, USS Florida, as it sailed through Gibraltar’s waters forcing the Royal Navy to fire flares over the vessel to warn it off.
  • Sunday November 20th 2016 – HMS Sabre uses flares to warn off the Spanish survey ship Angeles Alvarino after attempts to contact it by radio failed.
  • Thursday April 13th 2017 – Royal Navy escorts patrol boat Infanta Cristina back to Spanish waters.
  • Saturday April 29th 2017 – The Spanish corvette ‘Cazadora’ entered waters off Gibraltar, where Royal Navy and local police launches sailed out to meet it.

Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed Britain’s continued support for Gibraltar’s sovereignty while the EU continues to demand that Spain should have influence over the British territory’s future after Brexit.