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
(Express.co.uk)

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

NATO chief backs bigger alliance training mission in Iraq
(Reuters)

Nato’s stance and strategy in Europe
(AOL UK)

BAE proposes UK government financing to Malaysia for Typhoon jet deal
(Reuters)

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
(Independent.ie)

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
(Mirror.co.uk)


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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News Round-up – January 30th 2018

 

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


General Defence News

How the UK armed forces would look if you started from scratch
(The Guardian)

Your Fitness Tracking App May Have Revealed the Location of Secret Army Bases
(Futurism)

Gavin Williamson anger at Ministry of Defence for flying EU flags despite Brexit vote
(Express)

Russia mocks Gavin Williamson’s attack warning
(BBC News)

Two UK pilots fly F-35 jet following training
(Naval Technology)

Arms deal watchdog to get new teeth to stop defence companies profiteering
(Telegraph)

Ministry of Defence loses up to £4bn on property deal under which it rents 7000 empty homes 
(Telegraph)

More than £1 billion spent on armed forces recruitment
(Daily Mail)


British Army News

Soldier Who Died At Deepcut ‘Needed Constant Watching’
(Forces Network)

Op-Ed: Has the British army gone soft?
(SOFREP)

Ex-Army Head Calls For Better Mental Health Treatment
(Forces Network)

Withdrawal Of Troops From Germany Could Be Halted And “When Not If” For Major UK Cyber-Attack
(Forces Network)

Chester MP joins British troops on border with Russia
(The Chester Standard)

DUP split over ‘amnesty’ for security forces, says Beattie
(Belfast Telegraph)

Inside the British army training programme for Somali soldiers fighting one of the world’s most feared terrorist groups
(Telegraph)

Defence jobs plea over £3bn vehicle contract
(BBC News)


Royal Air Force News

RAF to scrap twin-seat Typhoons
(IHS Jane’s 360)

RAF eyes the skies in Shetland
(Shephard Media)

RAF reveals reason why Coningsby jet declared ’emergency’ mid-air over the North Sea
(Lincolnshire Live)

Investigation into missing Corrie McKeague has cost £2.1m
(Norfolk Eastern Daily Press)

‘Tail spotter’ hobbyists counted on by UK, US militaries to watch for suspicious behavior
(Stars and Stripes)

Canada sends three aircraft to RAF Fairford centenary show
(Swindon Advertiser)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Royal Navy accepts OPV
(Shephard Media)

Royal Navy Helps Out Islanders on Still-Devastated Anguilla
(The Maritime Executive)

Navy’s new £3.1bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth hit by flood after mystery sprinkler system sparks flood
(The Sun)

Wanted! A Site For Retired Nuclear Submarine Waste
(Forces Network)

HMS Raleigh offers training for HMS Queen Elizabeth’s new workboats
(Naval Technology)

Royal Navy gets new sonar training facility
(Shephard Media)

Royal Navy museum searching for designer for new exhibition
(Blooloop)

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 – January 22nd 2018

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An RAF Reaper Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) (www.raf.mod.uk)

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


General Defence News

Armed Forces ‘team up for anti-terror super unit’ amid growing fears of imminent attack on UK
(The Sun)

How damaged is the ‘special relationship? An Interview With The US Ambassador To The UK
(Forces Network)

British fleet of F-35 jets to attain IOC this year
(Airforce Technology)

The Complex History Of The MoD’s Capita Recruitment Deal
(Forces Network)

What Does Carillion Do For Defence?
(Forces Network)

British longest serving Afghan military interpreter refused right to live in UK
(The Independent)

Britain can be a power in Asia
(The Interpreter)


British Army News

Army chief to call for investment to keep up with Russia
(BBC News)

Dynamic Security Threats and the British Army
(RUSI)

Pressure mounts on defence chiefs to improve mental healthcare for troops as top brass back Mail on Sunday campaign for Harry’s heroes
(Daily Mail)

British Army hopes criticism around campaign will help attract more diverse recruits
(Marketing Week)

All-female team of British soldiers become first women’s group to cross Antarctica using only muscle power
(The Independent)

Pride and sadness as Lynx bows out at RAF Shawbury
(Shropshire Star)


Royal Air Force News

Watch: Cockpit footage of RAF Typhoons intercepting Russian bombers on Monday
(SOFREP)

Ejector seat firm stands trial over death of Red Arrows pilot who was flung 300ft into the air
(Coventry Telegraph)

RAF bomb ISIS drone operators for the first time
(Express and Star)

MQ-9B demonstrates Launch and Recovery element ahead of RAF acquisition 
(Business Wire)

Lake District Zip Wire Plans Would “Impact Vital Military Training”
(Forces Network)

Goodbye iconic roundel: RAF’s famous logo abandoned in favour of new stealthy design
(Express)

Runner Takes on 100 Marathons To Honour 100 Years Of The RAF
(Forces Network)


Royal Navy & Marines

New submarine completes first dive ahead of move to Faslane
(Helensburgh Advertiser)

Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth begins preparations for rotary wing trials
(Naval Technology)

Royal Navy’s new £6.2billion aircraft carriers have left MoD financially exposed, MPs warn
(The Sun)

Royal Marines Base Chivenor closure is a done deal, says defence minister
(Devon Live)

Leaks about cuts are damaging morale in the Royal Navy (& Marines)
(Plymouth Herald)

Anger at Royal Navy museum’s ‘pro-nuclear’ exhibition
(The Guardian)

How hero Royal Navy doctor saved 1000 lives on both sides during the Falklands War
(Mirror)


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.

January 18th 1813 – First Battle of Frenchtown

With Great Britain embroiled in war with Napoleon’s France, the Royal Navy enforced a blockade aimed at choking France’s economy and neutral ships were not exempt from interception. This especially angered the United States who declared the blockade illegal and were increasingly concerned with American citizens finding themselves press-ganged into manning the blockade. Both American and British forces in Canada found themselves engaged in brief skirmishes such as one between between HMS Leopard and the USS Chesapeake in 1807 after the Leopard tried to board the American ship to search for British deserters.

On June 18th 1812, the 4th President of the United States, James Madison Jr, bowed to pressure from those in Congress who wanted war with Britain and signed the declaration. While it would last until February 18th 1815, the war is still remembered as the War of 1812. With the majority of British forces committed to fighting Napoleon in mainland Europe, the British had little choice but to initially adopt a defensive strategy against the Americans until they could bolster their numbers with troops from Europe and the enlistment of local native American tribes to carry out a guerrilla-style campaign against American troops.

On August 16th 1812, British Major General Henry Proctor succeeded in forcing the American contingent at Fort Detroit to surrender. This was a major concern for the Americans and so President Madison assigned General William Henry Harrison the task of retaking Fort Detroit during a winter offensive. Harrison split his army into two contingents. The first he commanded personally and marched his men to Upper Sandusky in modern-day Ohio.

The second contingent was led by Brigadier General James Winchester and consisted of 2,000 untrained regulars and volunteers mostly from Kentucky. As his men marched they were met by citizens of nearby Frenchtown which at that time was under occupation by a small British force from the Essex Militia and a native force from the Potawatomi tribe. Disobeying his orders to wait for Harrison and his men, Winchester ordered Lieutenant Colonel William Lewis to lead over 600 American troops to attack the British and their allies at their base across the frozen River Raisin.

Lewis attacked on January 18th and a brisk battle took place before the Americans forced the British and the Potawatomi to retreat. A Canadian militia group counterattacked later in the day but were unable to force Winchester back across the frozen river. During their retreat, the Potawatomi troops fell upon the settlement at Sandy Creek and destroyed it killing two of its inhabitants in the process.

Winchester was pleased with his victory although Harrison was concerned that his force was still outnumbered by British forces in the region. Upon hearing that Frenchtown had been taken, British Brigadier General Henry Procter marched 597 men from the 41st Regiment of Foot and Royal Newfoundland Fencibles along with around 800 native troops from the occupied Fort Detroit. Supported by Canadian artillery, Proctor’s men recaptured Frenchtown after a pitched battle on January 22nd.

The next day, a number of the captured American soldiers were massacred by native troops including a number of wounded soldiers who were burned to death inside the buildings where they were being kept. The native Americans then marched the survivors to Fort Malden in Ontario. Any American who couldn’t keep up was killed at the side of the road. The exact number of prisoners killed is not known but it is believed to be up to 100.

 

Interview with Air Vice-Marshal Don ‘Pathfinder’ Bennett CB CBE DSO

In the fourth of the RAF Centre for Air Power Studies rarely-seen before historic ‘leadership’ themed videos, Air Vice-Marshal Don ‘Pathfinder’ Bennett CB CBE DSO is interviewed by Group Captain (later Air Vice-Marshal) Tony Mason CB CBE DL at the RAF Staff College, Bracknell, December 1980.

During the interview, Air Vice-Marshal Bennett discusses his experiences in the field of aerial navigation which eventually led to the formation of the legendary Pathfinder squadrons during WWII. Air Vice-Marshal Bennett transferred to the RAF from the Royal Australian Air Force in 1931 in order to broaden his flying experience. Although a gifted pilot in single-seat fighters, he had the ambition to fly large aircraft and subsequently transferred to Calshot to fly the Southampton, then the largest aircraft in the RAF.

During his time on the Flying Boats, he developed a passion for navigation, becoming an instructor before leaving the RAF to join Imperial Airways where he helped to develop many of the pioneering techniques that would later become commonplace. He re-joined the RAF in 1941, going on to command 77 Squadron, 10 Squadron and subsequently No. 8 (Pathfinder Force) Group. When he was promoted to Air Vice-Marshal in December 1943 he was the youngest person ever to hold the rank. He was considered by many to be ‘one of the most brilliant technical airmen of his generation: an outstanding pilot, a superb navigator who was also capable of stripping a wireless set or overhauling an engine’.

His book, The Complete Air Navigator: Covering the Syllabus for the Flight Navigator’s Licence, was considered by many to be the seminal text on the subject of aerial navigation when it was published in 1936. Viewers are asked to make allowance for the 1980s video quality as the subject matter is outstanding and adds significantly to the understanding of the history of the RAF.

Source – RAF YouTube site

News Round-Up – January 9th 2018

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


General Defence News

Defence Minister fires a warning shot at the Treasury
(Daily Mail)

Defence Secretary Makes First Visit To Iraq
(Forces Network)

Portsmouth MP hits out over ‘worrying’ delays in defence review
(The News)

US Jets From RAF Lakenheath End NATO Mission In The Baltics
(Forces Network)

Two held over murder of MI5 agent Denis Donaldson
(Belfast Telegraph)

SNP councillor launches employment tribunal against MOD
(The Scotsman)

The whereabouts of hundreds of Brits who went join ISIS is unknown, security minister admits
(The Sun)

Ministry of Defence Police welfare officer awarded MBE
(Halstead Gazette)


British Army News

Prince Harry expresses condolences to family of former Afghanistan comrade who dies after PTSD
(Telegraph)

Army bids farewell to Lynx helicopter in style
(Vertical Magazine)

British Army bans soldiers saying ‘sir’ on the phone because it is ‘outdated’
(Evening Standard)

I was a female soldier, and I don’t mind being called ‘Sir’
(Telegraph)


Royal Air Force News

‘Crazy numbers’: civilian deaths from airstrikes almost double in a year
(The Guardian)

Crackown on lethal laser pens
(Shropshire Star)

RAF members visit 48th MUNS to better understand F-35 aircraft’s GBU-12
(Airforce Technology)

Royal Mint reveals 2018 commemorative coin themes (RAF centenary)
(Coin World)

Mother of missing RAF man Corrie McKeague releases heartbreaking video
(Metro)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Russian warships escorted through British waters
(The Independent)

MoD says Royal Marine’s ‘superbase’ in Plymouth will go ahead
(Plymouth Herald)

Royal Navy Works with Australians on Massive Drug Bust
(Sea Power Magazine Online)

Harland & Wolff bidding for work on £1.25bn MoD shipbuilding scheme
(Belfast Telegraph)

Defence Secretary visits Devon shipyard as fresh bid for frigate work unveiled
(Devon Live)

Battle of the Atlantic: Appeal for £2.5m memorial
(BBC News)

Diver uncovers six ‘LOST Royal Navy submarines’ in hidden WW2 underwater graveyard
(Express)

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 – January 2nd 2018

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


General Defence News

The Best Photographs Of The British Military In 2017
(Forces Network)

‘Dad’s Army’ volunteers to help Border Force patrol Britain’s coastline against people smugglers
(Telegraph)

Personnel From All Three Services Recognised In the New Year Honours
(Forces Network)

Lottery cash plan for new £130m Royal yacht supported by local MP
(Plymouth Herald)


British Army News

Afghan national who saved British Army from terror: ‘We love the freedoms of the UK’
(Express)

Army Chief Responds To “Top Heavy” Claims
(Forces Network)

Army to launch recruitment drive to get women to join front-line units
(Mirror)

[WW1] Fascinating pictures tell the story of how British troops tried and failed to prevent the feelings of discontent which led to Hitler’s rise
(Daily Mail)


Royal Air Force News

A New RAF Squadron To Be Based In Lincolnshire
(Forces Network)

US fighter jet pilot ‘took wrong turn into no-fly zone’ and came within mile of RAF helicopter
(Daily Post North Wales)

RAF Typhoon jets escort Pakistan plane to Stansted
(Observer)

Airbus Helicopters to support RAF’s Puma Mk2
(Shephard Media)

Sir Peter Terry obituary – 1926 – 2017: RAF chief who survived IRA assassin’s hit
(Express)

Boulton Paul Defiant Goes on Display at RAF Museum Cosford
(Warbirds News)

Flying progress made on Wellington Wonder at RAF Cosford
(Shropshire Star)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Royal Navy Spends Christmas Watching Russian Warships
(The Maritime Executive)

Could The Armed Forces Have First Royal Marine Chief?
(Forces Network)

Daughter ‘thrilled’ to receive Arctic Star medal for her late father
(The Northern Echo)

The Young Sailor Who Hoisted The White Ensign Above HMS Queen Elizabeth For The First Time
(Forces Network)

Royal Navy hero who battled Isis, pirates and drug smugglers awarded MBE
(Hartlepool Mail)

Orkney naval disaster remembered 100 years on
(Herald Scotland)

Best Christmas present for blind Navy veteran
(Clacton and Frinton Gazette)


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.