News Round-up – March 21st 2018

RAF Hawk T.1 Red Arrows

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


General Defence News

​It shouldn’t take a nerve agent attack before UK scientists are supported
(The Guardian)

Allies “Entering a New World” in Confronting Russia, UK Official Says
(Breaking Defense)

Petards Gets GBP1.1 Million UK Defence Ministry Contract Extension
(London South East)


British Army News

Paras and tanks join forces
(Army Recognition)

Sir Mike Jackson: More troops are needed to face the Russian threat
(Shropshire Star)

Army investigators under fire as bullying trial collapses
(The Guardian)

Irish call over ‘Hooded Men’ case rejected
(BBC News)

Prince Harry Came Scarily Close To Death While In The Army, Claims New Book
(ELLE UK)

Ben lost his legs for his country, how could they take away his wheelchair?
(Daily Mail)


Royal Air Force News

Red Arrows jet crashes in Wales killing an RAF engineer
(The Independent)

Air Partner’s SafeSkys Awarded Royal Air Force Contract in Scotland
(AviationPros.com)

Leonardo team cleared to bid for UK air training contract
(IHS Jane’s 360)

Czechoslovak pilots among those honoured at Battle of Britain Museum
(Radio Prague)

Dambusters To Be “Reunited” For 75th Anniversary
(Forces Network)

First woman appointed in role at RAF Wittering
(Rutland and Stamford Mercury)

Muslim community group marks 100 years of RAF
(Maidenhead Advertiser)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Incredible moment huge British Navy submarine bursts through Arctic ice amid rising tensions with Russia
(Evening Standard)

RFA Mounts Bay to assist in upsurge of Haitian sloops
(Turks and Caicos Sun)

There is no such thing as ‘the party of defence’ in this fight to protect our Royal Navy
(Plymouth Herald)

UK’s Third River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel Named
(MarineLink)

Joint rescue exercises between Cyprus and UK
(Cyprus Mail)

Royal Navy sailor downed so much alcohol at free lunch he couldn’t carry out duty
(Metro)

Royal Navy reserve unit given freedom of Swansea
(BBC News)

British Royal Navy’s RFA Lyme Bay completes refit and trials
(Naval Technology)

Royal Navy urged to buy British steel for new warship
(SteelGuru)

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 – June 1st 2017

Red Arrow

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

General News

Ministry of Defence Police suspends recruitment of firearms officers after ‘high volume of applications’
(Get Surrey)

Could selling warships abroad break BAE’s dominance?
(The Telegraph)


British Army News

Boko Haram: US, British Army here to support operations, not for combat – Nigerian Gen. Irabor
(DailyPost.NG)

The newly refurbished National Army Museum is full of inaccuracies and post-colonial guilt
(The Spectator)

British Army’s ability to fight undermined by rampant STDs
(IBT)

Protest to be held at Free Derry Museum this week against inclusion of RUC and British Army amongst Troubles victims
(Derry Now)


Royal Air Force News

RAF Typhoon fighters intercept two Russian aircraft near UK airspace
(Airforce-Technology)

General Election: Candidates challenged on RAF Boulmer
(Northumberland Gazette)

The Red Arrows get go ahead to start 2017 season
(Lincolnshire Live)

Signals Museum at RAF Henlow opens doors to the public
(Biggleswade Today)

I’m sickened by the RAF bomb with ‘Love from Manchester’ written on it
(The Independent)

RAF Bardney to become a Shooting Range
(Aviation Trails)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Royal Navy frigate seize drugs worth £65 million
(ITV)

Four Russian Ships Escorted By Royal Navy On English Channel
(Defense World)

Britain’s Royal Navy delivers Sea King helicopters to Pakistan
(UPI)

Spanish hits out at MoD as ‘floating bomb’ submarine arrives in Gibraltar
(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 – July 27th 2016

Red Arrow

Red Arrows (MoD)

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


British Army News

Soldiers set fire to British Army barracks after ‘firing FLARES at each other’
(Mirror)

Regiment with NI links to be first to have close combat women
(Newsletter – Northern Ireland)

SAS combat ‘major terror attack’ in top secret training exercise with police and fire crews
(Mirror)

1st All Guard International Shooting Competition in 10 Years
(DVIDS)


Royal Air Force

Red Arrows to perform in China for first time EVER
(Lincolnshire Echo)

Suspect in RAF kidnap attempt may have facial injury after headbutt
(The Guardian)

Travellers pelt air cadet pilots with stones fired from slingshots, RAF claims
(Mirror)


Royal Navy & Marines

Royal Navy Moves to Repair Damaged Submarine
(Maritime-Executive)

Fears new ships to back up Royal Navy will be built overseas
(Telegraph)

Relatives who claim French trawler was accidentally sunk by a Royal Navy sub off the coast of Cornwall 12 years ago welcome new inquest
(Daily Mail)


Disclaimer: all news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them.

Red Arrows display at Whitehaven Air Show, July 2015

Images of the Royal Air Force (RAF) fast jet display team, the world famous Red Arrows, during their display over Whitehaven, Cumbria on July 17th 2015.

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NEWS: “Red One” suffers birdstrike

Red Arrows (MoD)

Red Arrows (MoD)

One of the Red Arrows’ Hawk aircraft sustained a birdstrike yesterday following a display in Anglesey, North Wales. The aircraft involved is said to be the lead aircraft which carries the callsign “Red One” and along with its pilot in the front had an engineer riding in the backseat. The aerobatic team had completed their performance above RAF Valley and were turning back towards their base in Lincolnshire when the incident occurred.

An RAF spokeswoman issued a statement saying;

We can confirm that a Hawk aircraft from the Red Arrows suffered an apparent bird strike in the vicinity of RAF Valley this afternoon…The aircraft recovered to Valley safely and will undergo checks from specialist engineers to ascertain if any remedial work is required.

The incident comes just days after a picture of the Red Arrows with a Seagull appearing to be flying alongside the world famous team during a display (complete with smoke trailing behind) went viral on social media.

Red Arrows Seagull

NEWS: Red Arrows receive award from Lincoln Council

Red Arrows (MoD)

Red Arrows (MoD)

The RAF’s aerobatic display team, the world famous Red Arrows returned home from training in Greece to a prestigious award honouring them for their contribution to Lincoln. The team, based at RAF Scampton, were chosen as the winners of the 2015 Lincoln Civic Award and received the striking silver accolade at a ceremony on May 13th.

The award was presented by the Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Brent Charlesworth who credited them with putting the city on the map with hundreds of visitors a year flocking in to the area to marvel at their amazing aerial manoeuvres.