News Round-Up – September 20th 2017


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

General Defence News

We’ll end up with a ‘Third World’ military, former head of the Navy warns
(Plymouth Herald)

BAE’s Typhoon must navigate Gulf diplomacy
(Financial Times)

Up to 70 new jobs at Broughton as MoD strike deal on surveillance plane upgrade

Stunning images of American Spitfires donated by the RAF
(Daily Mail)

British Army News

British Army’s AJAX in final stages of testing
(Forces Network)

Thousands of troops will have their wages cut by £352 next year, shocking new figures reveal

Narrow win puts Army in pole position for inter-services title
(Forces Network)

British Army bike stunt team disbands after 90 Years

Statues honour former Devon and Dorset Army regiments
(BBC News)

British army veterans march on Westminster in support of former soldier facing prosecution in connection with death of a vulnerable man during the Troubles
(Irish News)

Royal Air Force News

Hercules refuels in Bermuda
(The Royal Gazette)

Facebook blasted for banning RAF’s charity disability campaign while allowing ISIS beheading
(The Sun)

RAF re-open radar base on Britain’s most northerly island
(Yorkshire Post)

RAF helicopter crash in Kabul ‘partly caused by surveillance balloon’
(The Guardian)

23 photos of RAF Mildenhall to celebrate The United States Air Force’s 70th birthday
(Norfolk Eastern Daily Press)

Air Cadets honour Second World War Royal Air Force pilots
(Grand River Sachem)

Royal Navy & Marines News

US Navy research chief urges caution as British Admirals begin dash for autonomy
(USNI News)

Royal Navy ‘can only send a quarter of its warships to sea after Armed Forces budget cuts’
(Daily Mail)

Lockheed Martin and Elbit Systems to partner for British Royal Navy’s MEWP project
(Naval Technology)

Royal Navy to discuss developing effective maritime cyber security standards
(EIN News)

Royal Navy historic plane returns to Somerset three years after crash-landing at a show
(BBC News)

Those magnificent men: Fascinating pictures show how Royal Navy officers first took to the skies
(Daily Mail)

Daughter of Royal Navy POW launches emotional search for Japanese boy who helped him

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 – 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

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

Royal Navy & Marines News

Portsmouth Naval Base Improvements Start

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 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

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

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

Tight budgets and imminent Brexit threaten Britain’s armed forces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 – June 30th 2017

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

General News

Invest in Britain’s armed forces to boost the economy, says PwC
(The Telegraph)

IS faces end game in Mosul, says Michael Fallon

Britain prepared to use air strikes or send in troops as retaliation against future cyber attack
(The Telegraph)

UK awards IFF upgrade contract
(Shepard Media)

Lee Rigby’s mother says the Ministry of Defence offered her family ‘no support’

Slow computers are putting injured military personnel at risk, says Coventry medic
(Coventry Telegraph)

British Army News

Head of US Army blasts Britain’s shrinking troop numbers

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon forced to defend breaking pledge on Army numbers during grilling at RUSI

£48m Apache training contract awarded
(Insider Media)

Canadian becomes first woman to lead changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace
(NBC New York)

Coroner to hold “witness surgery” over British army killing in Derry of Kathleen Thompson
(The Irish News)

Royal Air Force News

WW2 Luftwaffe fighter ace flies in RAF Spitfire for the first time
(The Telegraph)

RAF hero’s brilliantly under-stated account of Dambusters raid revealed in never-before-seen logbook
(The Sun)

Secret British ‘X-file’ reveals how RAF pilots were ‘told to ignore’ UFO over Skegness

IMG’s Tim Smith talks the RAF’s 100th anniversary celebrations
(Licensing Biz)

Royal Navy & Marines News

HMS Queen Elizabeth dwarfs Royal Navy ships as she takes part in sea trials
(The Sun)

Despite what you may have read, the Royal Navy’s new flagship doesn’t run Windows XP

Deck crews for Royal Navy’s new carrier train with these “Faux” F-35s
(The Drive)

‘Hoax’ call sparks massive five-hour search for ‘sinking vessel’
(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 – December 14th 2016


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

British Army News

MoD shells out £22m in compensation to Iraqis feared to have helped kill UK troops
(The Sun)

Lord Dannatt – Why we need a bigger army
(Yorkshire Post)

UK Ministry of Defence establishing regional headquarters in Nigeria
(Defence Web)

Meet Major Uqbah Malik, first Pakistani instructor at Britain’s Royal Military Academy
(The Express Tribune)

RAF Halton to completely close by 2022

Royal Navy & Marines News

£287M for two more Royal Navy ships
(Your Shipbuilding News)

SEA to support Royal Navy sonars
(Shepard Media)

Disclaimer: all news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them.

A comment regarding British forces in the Vietnam War


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The following comment was left on the site by someone known only as “John”. Unfortunately, I have no way of contacting John for more information as he is not a registered visitor. However, what he has to say is quite interesting and as such I decided to share it. If you have any information that could back up some of the following claims it would be much appreciated and if enough information is gathered I may make it the subject of an article in the future.

Speaking of RAF aircraft in Vietnam/S.E. Asia my Grandfather regularly flew Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy’s on logistics & VIP flights to Tan Son Nut Airbase in Saigon, & Ubon Airbase Thailand from 1965 to 1968. I believe it was something to do with aiding our SEAC allies, mainly logistically supporting the Commonwealth nations Australia & New Zealand, who’d both been fighting alongside us in Borneo & the Malayan Peninsula during the Confrontation with Indonesia. He was especially involved with the Australians as he made a lot of flights to Australia (after peace with Indonesia). VIP’s were often high-ranking Generals, commanders of Far East Command & it’s branches going to meet with opposites in Saigon, probably to offer advice on COIN tactics developed in Malayan Emergency & refined in the Confrontation… though why they opted to travel in a military cargo freighter over a passenger aircraft I can only guess maybe they had a lot of “baggage”?
I’ve also seen reports of other RAF aircraft types in South Vietnam besides Bev’s & Argosy’s though it’s hard to know the real mission due to dubious official reasoning for their presence. For instance supposedly when a huge Short Belfast was spotted at Tan Son Nut & queried I believe the Govt response was “it’s the Ambassadors personal aircraft”. It often comes up about RAF Canberra’s flying over Vietnam, even a Vulcan photographed flying low over the Mekong delta that didn’t have to go that route to say get to Hong Kong which makes you wonder. Regarding the other services I’ve heard of rather hefty Royal Signals detachment stationed at the British Embassy Saigon, & Royal Engineers helping to build “Civilian” airstrips in Thailand (which mainly got used by Air America), then there’s training programs in Malaya & Borneo, British Advisory Mission (BRIAM), NATO/SEAC exchanges, Special Forces & MI6/GCHQ (British Embassy Hanoi intel gathering & sharing through 5 eye’s). We certainly did a tad more than we ever let on.
My Grandad had also earlier flown Beverley’s in UK, Europe, Aden/M.East, Africa, & out to the Far East he said it was a great aircraft, really good at the role it was designed & a real workhorse. A flying block of flats! Apparently the tribesmen in Aden couldn’t believe such a thing could take-off or fly let alone land/stop on such short rudimentary runways. It was one of the favourite aircraft he served on in his time in the RAF… though I think that might have had something to do with the medium-range meaning on the way back to the UK they could choose quite a lot of nice locations to stop in at for a jolly!

British MPs pushing Prime Minister to let RAF drop aid in to Aleppo

RAF A400M Atlas AirbusA cross party group have submitted a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May demanding that the RAF begin dropping aid in to the besieged city of Aleppo in Syria. In the letter the signatories stated that “100,000 children are facing the slowest death” unless RAF transports drop food and medical supplies to the population.

Quoted in the Guardian newspaper, the letter to the PM said;

With our Royal Air Force already operational in the air over Syria, we are calling on you to urgently authorise the air-dropping of aid to besieged civilian populations. It is simply not acceptable that during the biggest aid operation in the UN’s history, and in the full glare of the world’s media, nearly 100,000 children are facing the slowest, cruellest death because we cannot reach them with food and medical supplies.

Labour MP Alison McGovern who helped draft the letter added;

The situation in Aleppo is beyond desperate. Those who said ‘never again’ after Rwanda, after Srebrenica, may have meant it, but we have failed. The least the UK can do is recognise that this is our last chance to save lives in Aleppo. Therefore, we must heed the call of the White Helmets, and start aid drops. This is far from ideal – a route by road for aid would be better – but the [Syrian] regime has offered no such route.

admiral-kuznetsov-aircraft-carrier-russian-navyThe biggest concern for any plan to drop aid in to Aleppo is just how Assad’s Syrian government and his Russian allies would react. The skies over the city have seen heavy Russian and Syrian air activity in the last few days after Russia ended its suspension of air operations. The fresh air strikes have included aircraft from the Russian Navy’s carrier, the Admiral Kuzentsov (right), and cruise missile strikes from surface ships in the Mediterranean.

Moscow has said they would be open to allowing aid in to the city providing it was under the right conditions although just what those conditions are remain unclear. With Russian state sponsored news service RT running stories claiming that the White Helmets (Syrian civil defence – a volunteer, non-government organisation who work to rescue civilians caught up in the fighting) are supporting the rebels and having links to terrorism it is unlikely that Moscow will allow the RAF or any other western coalition aircraft to drop supplies to them in Aleppo. The biggest problem the Russians and Syrians have with the White Helmets is their release of videos of civilian casualties who have been caught up in their air strikes and which runs contrary to claims they are carrying out precision strikes against terrorist factions.

A Foreign Office spokesperson responding to the letter said;

Our priority is the protection of civilians in Syria who face an appalling humanitarian situation. We call on the Assad regime and their Russian supporters to bring about an end to terrible crisis immediately. We will continue to look at all options with our international partners to alleviate the suffering of millions of Syrians.