News Round-up – April 26th 2018

Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 Brimstone

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

General Defence News

Anzac Day 2018: How do Australia and New Zealand remember soldiers killed in combat?
(The Independent)

Special forces need to face scrutiny from parliament, say MPs
(The Guardian)

Business Secretary clears £8.1bn GKN takeover deal
(St Helens Star)

Red-faced US Navy Seal gets struck in a tree after embarrassing parachuting fail
(Cambridge News)

NATO helps Iraqi forces strengthen vehicle maintenance skills

British Army News

British Army has lowest number of troops available for front-line action since World War 1
(Daily Mirror)

Call for Army veteran to get UK passport
(BBC News)

US, British Army Signal Soldiers exercise technical, tactical interoperability at Stoney Run

British Army continues search for robot tech
(Shephard Media)

British Army reveals more MIV details, including price tag
(Shephard Media)

Britain’s oldest army unit headed for Barryville
(The River Reporter)

British soldier ‘not justified’ in shooting dead pregnant teenager, inquest rules
(The Independent)

Royal Air Force News

Head Of The Air Force On Russia Threat And War Memorials Given Protection
(Forces Network)

British Typhoon aircraft return to Romania for air policing mission

RAF Sentinel R1 hunting IS again
(IHS Jane’s 360)

UK to invest £80m for new air command and control system
(Airforce Technology)

RAF 100: Queen Sends Message To RAF
(Forces Network)

Last ever Tornado jet flypast at RAF Marham’s Freedom of the Borough parade
(Norfolk Eastern Daily Press)

New facility for RAF’s P-8 Poseidon fleet
(Shephard Media)

Royal Navy & Marines News

UK Ministry of Defence launches Submarine Delivery Agency
(Naval Technology)

Tiny navy vessel HMS Magpie tackles her sea trials
(The News)

GPS jamming during military exercise Joint Warrior
(BBC News)

UK Royal Navy eyes rotary-wing UAV capability

Royal Navy make a splash with their tribute to royal baby
(Daily Mail)

Royal Marines march through Deal to mark launch of new heritage trail
(Kent 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: Duchess of Cambridge becomes Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Training Corps

Kate Middleton Air Training Corps Cadets

The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty (

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has been named the new Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Cadets, a position previously held by Prince Phillip. She will represent the RAF’s youth organization, the Air Training Corps, of 42,000 air cadets ranging from ages 12 to 19 as well as having a say in the management of the 15,000 adult volunteers.

Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty said;

We are absolutely thrilled that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge has agreed to be our patron. Her links to the (Royal Air Force) family are already well-established and her desire to support youth development is well-recognized around the world.

Air Commodore McCafferty was referring to Kate Middleton’s husband, the Duke of Cambridge and heir to the British monarchy, Prince William, who served as an RAF search and rescue pilot flying Sea King helicopters.

For more information on the Air Training Corps click here.