News Round-Up – October 24th 2017

HMS Queen Elizabeth UK F-35 Lightning II

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

General Defence News

UK must boost defence budget to ensure armed forces can protect ‘homeland’ against Russia

Fury as Iraq and Afghan veterans not honoured as conflict not deemed war

Ministry of Defence spent £800million fighting Isis in three years

Defence Secretary says Clyde shipyard’s have ‘certainty’
(BBC News)

Ministry Of Defence Staff Sacked Over Expenses Fraud
(Forces Network)

Watchdog has 111 pricing queries on UK defence deals
(Financial Times)

Book published to remember the Real Enigma hero from the Scottish Borders
(Border Telegraph)

Bigger payout for Afghan interpreters
(The Times)

Pak Army team strikes gold in Exercise Cambrian Patrol in UK
(Daily Pakistan)

British Army News

Plans to sell the Household Cavalry’s Hyde Park base to build luxury flats are axed
(Daily Mail)

Army insists it has not relaxed drug rules
(The Independent)

British Army’s advertising bill for recruitment rockets as manpower continues to fall

UK looks to replace Desert Hawk mini UAV
(IHS Jane’s 360)

Army explosive experts called to Sellafield nuclear plant
(The Independent)

British Army to Auction White Helmet Bikes

Life In The Parachute Regiment: Ready For Anything
(Forces Network)

207 Manchester Field Hospital given Freedom of the Borough by Bury Council
(Bury Times)

Family Of Murdered Soldier Awarded 60 Years After His Death
(Forces Network)

Royal Air Force News

RAF recruits cyber experts to probe planes’ weaknesses

Rumor of a British Bomber Crash In a Detroit Neighborhood Haunts a Listener

Flight medics receive pilot training
(AirMed and Rescue Magazine)

Landfill search starts again for body of RAF gunner Corrie McKeague

Trains forced to slow down near RAF Valley
(Daily Post North Wales)

MoD To Invest 90-Million In RAF Training Centre
(Forces Network)

RAF squadron prepares to march through Oakham to mark its 90th anniversary
(Leicester Mercury)

RAF wife walks along the Great Wall of China for RAF Benevolent Fund

Royal Navy & Marines News

UK to transfer ownership of Franklin shipwrecks to Canada
(Toronto Star)

Britain’s shortest servicewoman just bagged Royal Navy’s most dangerous job

Royal Marines Smash Speed March World Record
(Forces Network)

BAE and Cammell Laird to bid for UK’s £1.25bn Type 31e frigate programme
(Naval Technology)

These eerie pictures of Royal Marine Commandos training at Pentewan Sands will show you the forces in a different light
(Cornwall Live)

HMS Dragon will arrive on the Rock today
(Gibraltar Chronicle)

Engineering the future of rail and sea with Bond of Friendship between the Royal Navy and Darlington loco trust
(The Northern Echo)

Queen set to visit HMS Sutherland in celebration of ship’s 20th anniversary

Trafalgar Day ceremony marks 212 years since death of navy hero Admiral Lord Nelson
(The News)

Ex-WRNS member reflects on her time in what is a centenary year
(Northumberland 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.


MoD awards BAE Systems contract for first three Type 26 Global Combat Ships

Royal Navy BAE Systems Type 26 Global Combat Ship

The Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems a £3.7bn contract to manufacture the first three Type 26 warships for the Royal Navy. Developed under the title “Global Combat Ship”, the Type 26 along with a newer, smaller class of frigate will go on to replace the current Type 23 frigates (Duke-class).

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

The Type 26 Frigate is a cutting-edge warship, combining the expertise of the British shipbuilding industry with the excellence of the Royal Navy. We will cut steel on the first ship later this month – a hugely significant milestone that delivers on our commitment to maintain our global naval power. These ships will be a force to be reckoned with, there to protect our powerful new carriers and helping keep British interests safe across the world.

Backed by a rising defence budget and a £178bn Equipment Plan, the Type 26 programme will bring vast economic benefits to Scotland and the wider UK. The contract is structured to ensure value for taxpayers’ money and, importantly, now designed to protect them from extra bills from project overrun. The investment will secure hundreds of skilled jobs at BAE Systems on the Clyde for the next twenty years, and thousands of jobs in the supply chain across Britain.

While the Type 26 will be primarily concerned with escorting the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, the ships will also be expected to deal with numerous missions across the spectrum of Royal Navy operations. As well as the traditional combat role they will also be capable of undertaking anti-piracy, national security and humanitarian/disaster relief operations.

Armament will consist of a NATO-standard BAE 5 inch, 62-calibre Mark 45 naval gun, Phalanx close-in weapon systems, Sea Ceptor surface-to-air missiles (currently being fitted to the Type 23) and Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles in various mixes. They will also be armed with an as yet unspecified new generation anti-ship missile. A rather large flight deck will allow the vessel to accommodate a wide array of British and NATO helicopter types.

Originally it was planned to acquire thirteen Type 26s but in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review the decision was taken to reduce the order to eight and to make up the shortfall in hulls with a smaller frigate type currently under development.

NEWS: MoD to hold event to tackle national security threats on the “Deep Web”

Laptop Deep Web Mod

Ever opened a Google or Bing search and felt that you weren’t getting all the results for what you were looking for? The truth is that the average person is only able to access a limited amount of what exists in cyberspace through regular methods. The so-called Deep Web is a part of the internet that is hidden away unless you have the right methods of searching for it such as a specialised search engine exchanged between groups who have reason to hide their site’s content. The urban legend that has developed about the Deep Web as a result is that it is a place where you can literally get anything you want such as drugs, child porn or videos of brutal violence to name but a few. It has also long been suspected that it is a place where a great deal of terrorist activity takes place such as radicalisation and training videos and now the Ministry of Defence is launching an offensive against this realm of the internet.

The MoD in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) will be hosting an event in London between the 25th to the 27th September where software developers, data scientists and innovators are being invited to put forward their ideas and solutions for investigating the Deep Web in order to support the national security interests of the UK. The event will build on work already carried out by DSTL with the US Department of Defence’s Defence Advanced Research Project Agency (Darpa) as part of the effort to improve Deep Web searching and limit its use by terrorist networks.

As an added incentive prizes will be awarded in various categories for those taking part in the event.