UK, US and France bomb Assad’s chemical weapons

RAF Tornado GR.4s based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus have joined US and French forces in carrying out overnight air strikes against suspected Syrian government chemical weapons facilities. The strikes targeted military bases near the capital Damascus and the city of Homs in response to last week’s alleged chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma.

RAF Tornado GR.4 Storm ShadowBritish Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson described the missions as “highly successful” and that they were aimed at “degrading the ability of the Syrian regime to use chemical weapons.” The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the RAF mission involved Storm Shadow missiles being launched at a former missile base 15 miles west of Homs, where it is thought the Assad regime is stockpiling items used to make chemical weapons.

There have been no reported losses amongst any of the allied forces involved.

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News Round-up – January 22nd 2018

RAF Reaper drone UAV

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.

News Round-Up – November 3rd 2017

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier royal navy sunset

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


General Defence News

PM names Williamson as UK Defense Secretary after Fallon quits
(Bloomberg)

Former head of the British Army claims Sir Michael Fallon’s resignation is a ‘tragedy for defence’
(Telegraph)

Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash
(The Register)

Is the UK naval shipbuilding industry ready for a ‘renaissance’?
(Naval Technology)

Sinn Fein and DUP in Belfast City Hall clash over ‘glorifying of terrorism’
(Belfast Telegraph)

CAE to provide aircrew training services for British RAF and Royal Navy
(Airforce Technology)

UK’s new powerful stealth fighter will ‘quieten critics very quickly,’ warns test pilot
(Express)

UK MoD outlines new S&T strategy
(IHS Jane’s 360)


British Army News

SAS recruitment deaths: Two soldiers charged with negligence after three recruits died during Brecon Beacon exercise
(The Independent)

Tory MP blames ‘nationalist-leaning individuals’ for Army Troubles probes
(Belfast Newsletter)

Royal Welsh begin serving in Estonia as part of NATO battle group
(ERR News)

Malawi turns to British troops in poaching war
(Phys.Org)

Labour accuses government of ‘litany of broken promises’ over Army pay
(Forces Network)

Scottish independence scaring off people from joining regiments north of the border, says former armed forces minister
(Herald Scotland)

New report calls for probe into UK role in Operation Blue Star
(Economic Times)

Leaving the Army was like losing the love of my life
(Telegraph)


Royal Air Force News

Immigrant stowaways hitch ride on RAF coach and end up on Reaper drone base
(Telegraph)

RAF pay tribute to “special” airman at Brierfield mosque
(Burnley Express)

Meet the new Red Arrows pilots
(Forces Network)

See behind the scenes at RAF Cosford conservation centre where planes are restored 
(Shropshire Star)

Air force chief praises RAF for humanitarian efforts in Caribbean
(Oxford Mail)

Charity partner sought for RAF-themed Lincoln Fashion Week
(The Lincolnite)

RAF Phantom “Black Mike’ moves to RAF Cosford
(Warbirds News)


Royal Navy & Marines News

British Royal Navy’s future HMS Queen Elizabeth begins next set of sea trials
(Naval Technology)

MoD dismisses reports of cuts to Royal Marines
(Forces Network)

New Defence Secretary under pressure to reveal truth over ‘superbase’ plans for Plymouth
(Plymouth Herald)

The world’s biggest grave robbery: Asia’s disappearing WWII shipwrecks
(The Guardian)

Patrol ships will make Britain safer
(The News/Portsmouth)

Call for welfare review after sub drugs scandal
(Helensburgh Advertiser)

Second-hand parts help keep Britain’s Royal Navy warships in operation
(Xinhua)

Why brave Plymouth Royal Marine blown up in Afghanistan feels human again
(The Herald)


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 – October 16th 2017

Viking amphibious vehicle royal navy marines

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


General Defence News

Britons who fight for Islamic State make themselves a ‘legitimate target’, says Michael Fallon
(Sky News)

Ministers try to push through plans for £100m royal yacht as EU talks remain deadlocked
(The Independent)

BAE Systems to axe 1915 jobs in UK
(Airforce Technology)

America’s Most Powerful Fighter Jet Ever Is Headed to Europe
(The National Interest Online)

PM’s former security adviser warns of Brexit defence cuts
(The Guardian)

Prince Harry presents South Central Ambulance Trust with Ministry of Defence award
(Basingstoke Gazette)


British Army News

Ex-British Army soldier made rucksack bomb threat hours after London Bridge terror attacks
(International Business Times UK)

Take foreign aid money to pay UK army for £50m hurricane relief effort, urges ex-army head
(Express)

British Army Chief acknowledges Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism
(Radio Pakistan)

Museum funding crisis puts Rorke’s Drift memories at risk
(The Times)

What Northern Ireland’s past reveals about soldiers with mixed allegiances
(The Conversation UK)

WATCH: British Army Terrier rips up quad bike!
(Forces Network)


Royal Air Force News

British RAF’s Typhoon jets conduct longest sortie in fight against ISIS
(Airforce Technology)

A memorial has been unveiled to a Hurricane fighter pilot who crashed near Sevenoaks
(Kent Live)

Jets flown by RAF Red Arrows will be built overseas unless government steps in, warn 142 MPs 
(Daily Mail)

RAF jets scrambled as ‘aircraft vanishes from radar’ over English Channel
(Daily Star)

Ministry of Defence explains reason behind ‘annoyingly loud’ planes over Hull
(Hull Daily Mail)

RAF military working dog trials 2017
(Forces Network)

Aircraft touch down at RAF Brize Norton after mission to Caribbean
(Oxford Mail)

Exhibition on Czechoslovak RAF pilots opens in Brno
(Prague Daily Monitor)

RAF Benson squadron receives top honour from the Queen for service in Iraq
(Oxford Mail)


Royal Navy & Marines News

The plan to save Plymouth’s naval base and Royal Marines
(Plymouth Herald)

Royal Navy bomb disposal divers save tanker packed with 1000 tons of fuel
(Daily Mail)

Royal Navy shoots missiles down off Scottish coast
(The Scotsman)

UK MoD amends MSDF contract with BAE Systems
(Naval Technology)

Britain’s Royal Navy rushes out HMS Tyne to patrol fishing waters and scare off EU ships
(The Sun)

Hard Questions for the Future of the Royal Navy
(The Maritime Executive)

Council will have links with new Royal Navy boat which is tackling piracy
(Nottingham Post)

Thales to provide communications systems support for British Royal Navy fleet
(Naval Technology)

Farewell to Newport’s Royal Navy ship – HMS Severn
(South Wales Argus)

Army ‘gender general’ upset as Royal Marines fail to attend gay rights event
(The Sun)


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 – October 4th 2017

RAF RC-135

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


General Defence News

The UK must rebuild its military power, general tells the PM: Former top brass says
(Daily Mail)

EU mission struggling in Libya, internal report says
(EUobserver)


British Army News

British Troops Help Treat Wounded At Mass Shooting In Las Vegas
(Forces Network)

Foxhound armoured vehicles can’t stand the heat, claims army source
(The Times)

Army has new fight on its hands as it battles obesity
(Express)

Armed soldiers in camouflage storm British shopping centre in late night ‘mission’
(Mirror)

Former Gurkha “Drowned In His Own Blood” After NHS Staff Said He Was “Asleep”
(Forces Network)

Wounded Maidstone veteran to climb Mount Everest to raise money for Royal British Legion
(Kent News)

SAS launch mission to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden’s son in Syria before he can copy his father
(Daily Mail)

‘It’s a vendetta’ Hero veteran who fought ISIS investigated by MoD for fraud
(Express)

Demons are winning’: Heartbreaking last letter of traumatised soldier who killed himself
(Mirror)


Royal Air Force News

RAF jets intercept flight after security ‘hoax’
(BBC)

RAF receives final RC-135V/W Rivet Joint
(Shephard Media)

BBMF set to fly to Lancaster crash site in Netherlands
(LincolnshireLive)

Two RAF corporals set to cycle 1600 miles in two weeks to visit football grounds in aid of charities
(Daily Echo)

Qatar Airways A350 in amazing formation flight with Red Arrows
(Gulf Times)

RAF asked Welsh hopeful to pass an English test despite his GCSE
(BBC News)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Sir Michael Fallon defends nuclear deterrent amid heightened North Korea threat
(Yahoo News UK)

Royal Navy submarine commander removed over claim of ‘inappropriate relationship’ with female officer
(Telegraph)

Britain readies for war with biggest navy drill as 35 warships swoop on UK coast
(Daily Star)

North Atlantic Council visits UK strategic nuclear forces
(NATO HQ)


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.