Royal Navy – Two Six 60-second news update: Episode 6

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News Round-Up – October 16th 2017

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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

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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.

 

News Round-Up – September 27th 2017

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


General Defence News

US-led Exercise Formidable Shield begins offshore Scotland
(Naval Technology)

Trump’s new UK ambassador wrongly accuses Britain of spending ‘minimum’ on its military
(The Independent)

MoD sells off ships, planes and vehicles to meet £20billion hole in defence budget
(Daily Star)

Shocking rise in number of monkeys used for experiments at Ministry of Defence’s top secret warfare lab
(Mirror)

Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m
(The Register)

Prince Harry kicks off Invictus Games in Toronto
(insideTORONTO.com)

Ministry of Defence bracing for a no-deal Brexit to protect Armed Forces
(Mirror)

Two planes collide in mid air at Duxford Battle of Britain air show
(Essex Live)


British Army News

Former sergeant major who applied for 400 jobs still struggles to find work
(Telegraph)

The British Army is trying to give its tanks ‘shields’
(Scout)

Battle over plans for new £3bn contract for new Army vehicle
(Telegraph)

‘When will this nightmare end?’ War vet tells of shock at fourth inquiry into suspicious death of Iraqi civilian
(Telegraph)

Army grounds £1bn drone fleet after two crash
(Telegraph)


Royal Air Force News

What happened to Corrie McKeague? Bury St Edmunds RAF gunner is still missing one year later
(The Sun)

Shamed historian ordered to pay widow of RAF hero £12500 for stealing treasured Dambusters log book
(Scottish Daily Record)

Dozens of ex-RAF workers ‘suffering life threatening illness and terminal cancers after being exposed to deadly chemicals
(The Sun)

Lucky thirteen take to the skies! Dramatic sight over wartime fighter station as Spitfires and bombers
(Daily Mail)

British pilot of Maltese descent Graham Muscat brings T2 Hawk to Malta for the first time
(Malta Independent Online)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Ultra Electronics wins £37m contract with BAE Systems
(Digital Look)

HMS Ocean has arrived in the Caribbean in mammoth relief effort
(Plymouth Herald)

The Royal Navy and Freedom of Navigation Operations
(CIMSEC)

New Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship to support the Aircraft Carriers arrives in UK
(Royal Navy)

Watch Royal Navy bomb squad carry out explosion on busy Cornwall beach
(Cornwall 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 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.

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.

Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron HMS Sabre

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.