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.

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News Round-Up – September 11th 2017

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


General News

Humans will always control killer drones, says ministry of defence
(The Guardian)

UK’s plans for zombie attack revealed
(The Independent)

Surveys begin of radium contaminated Fife beach ahead of MoD clean-up
(The Courier)


British Army News

Neo-Nazi soldier arrests: Two men released by police
(BBC News)

Hurricane Irma: British troops arrive in devastated Caribbean as looters storm apartments
(Express)

New military vehicle hailed as the answer to the British Army’s needs
(Telegraph)

Ex-British Army soldier, 75, has been quizzed 25 times and held for 84 hours by police probing shooting of an IRA suspect in 1974
(Daily Mail)

British Army officials confront homophobia in new Stonewall campaign
(PinkNews)

Yorkshire army regiment which fought from Waterloo to Afghanistan now fighting for memorial
(Huddersfield Examiner)


Royal Air Force News

RAF Puma helicopter in near miss with drone over Maulden
(BBC News)

Secret bunker: Volunteers dig deep to uncover Cold War history
(STV News)

Rangers gaffer Pedro Caixinha poses for pics with British troops as they descend on Ibrox
(The Scottish Sun)

Here’s what the RAF Chinooks were doing flying over Boston
(Lincolnshire Live)

At 96, Chile’s first female pilot recounts WWII perils with RAF
(Yahoo News)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Royal Navy’s second aircraft carrier officially named
(Newburgh Gazette)

Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales first seagoing captain named
(MercoPress)

Royal Navy arrives in British Virgin Islands bringing much-needed aid to the Hurricane Irma
(Telegraph)

British yards welcome new national shipbuilding strategy
(Maritime Journal)

This is what Royal Navy submarines could look like in the future
(Business Insider UK)


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 2nd 2017

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


General News

PM calls for closer defence ties with Japan following North Korea threat
(Forces Network)

Bahrain to get ex-RAF C-130Js
(IHS Jane’s 360)

Miami murders: Court orders release of MoD and PSNI security files
(BBC News)


British Army News

UK special forces to join Trump’s Afghanistan troop surge
(Press TV)

Dramatic footage shows moment British Army paratrooper jumps from dizzying heights
(Evening Standard)

British Army Gurkha ‘super-tracker’ hunting poachers in Gabon to save last remaining elephants
(Telegraph)

Army bomb team disposes of historic hand grenade in Dublin
(Newstalk 106-108fm)

Photograph capturing the spirit of the British Army nominated for National Award
(Forces Network)

Family members who had relatives killed by British Army during Troubles stage sit-in protest at Museum of Free Derry
(Derry Now)


Royal Air Force News

RAF’s close combat unit opens to women for the first time
(BBC News)

RAF Typhoons and Tornados take out ISIS jihadis travelling in a truck in Iraq
(Daily Mail)

RAF fighters reinforce NATO Baltic air policing in Estonia
(IHS Jane’s 360)

Wreckage of WWII RAF plane that helped drive the Nazis from Norway is found by cable-laying boat at the bottom of the North Sea 70 years after it vanished without trace
(Daily Mail)

The RAF Photographic Competition 2017, in pictures
(Telegraph)

New home to save RAF Museum of Firefighting in Lincolnshire
(Lincolnshire Live)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Ministry of Defence names head of Trident nuclear submarine programme
(NW Evening Mail)

Royal Navy sends just one (casualty) ship to showpiece sea and air event
(Telegraph)

“Lessons have been learned”: Royal Navy’s second aircraft carrier prepares for big day
(The Courier)

The Royal Navy’s next ‘frigate’ is not a frigate
(War Is Boring)

Ocean life inspires new Royal Navy submarine concepts
(The Engineer)


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 – August 6th 2017

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General News

It’s Time To Stop Stigmatising Muslim Recruits to Army
(HuffPost UK)

Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly has read this grim British WWI novel after every promotion since age 25
(Business Insider)

NATO helps Iraq boost civil-military cooperation in dealing with terrorist challenges
(NATO HQ press release)

New Care Home For Veterans In High Wycombe
(Forces Network)


British Army News

Down GAA to use former British army base as new training centre
(Irish Times)

‘Lessons to be learnt’ over cadets’ rescue – MoD
(ITV News)

Rescued Army cadets “British terrorists in training”, claims republican group
(Belfast Newsletter)

British Army’s White Helmets to disband after 90 years
(Country Life)

UK soldier arrested after fatal car crash at Cyprus base
(BBC News)

Gay SAS soldier claims he suffered anti-gay discrimination
(Attitude Magazine)

‘Whistleblowing’ GP loses legal fight after MOD sacking
(BBC News)


Royal Air Force News

Top RAF test pilot died after ‘series of failings’
(The Guardian)

RAF Sentinel Aircraft Helped In Recapture Of Mosul From Daesh
(Defenseworld)

RAF Valley move Hawks to Llanbedr Airfield
(Aviation Wales)

Historic WW1 plane is restored after 100 years
(WTVY, Dothan)

RAF Regiment training at US airport
(Columbia Basin Herald)

RAF to blow £8m on 100th birthday celebrations despite warnings about lack of staff and £20bn MoD black hole
(The Sun)

RAF weighs training balance as new fleet nears use
(Flightglobal)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Portsmouth Naval Base Improvements Start
(Heart)

British Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose completes machinery and weapons trials
(Naval Technology)

Terrorist who infiltrated Royal Marines and built bombs for dissident Irish Republicans jailed for 18 years
(Mail Online)

Two Royal Navy Sea King Mk5 helicopters are set to be redeployed and will be based on Portland
(Dorset Echo)

Rising tensions in Helensburgh’s cold war with neighbouring Faslane naval base
(Herald Scotland)

Steam Tug Celebrates 90th Birthday With Royal Navy Salute
(Forces Network)

UK MoD awards new Royal Navy contracts to Babcock and BAE Systems
(Naval Technology)

Prince Philip retires: Queen Elizabeth’s husband bows out of public life
(ABC 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 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.

News Round-Up – July 15th 2017

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

General News

Watch: Highlights from day one of Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford
(Gloucestershire Live)

North Korea’s biological WAR: Jong-un’s kingdom weaponises deadly diseases to smash enemy
(Daily Express)

HMS Queen Elizabeth will go ‘straight to the bottom of the ocean’ without greater protection, retired RAF chiefs warn
(Daily Telegraph)

UK Defence Ministry to modernise information infrastructure
(Telecompaper)

British, Israeli militaries conduct joint emergency drill
(Breitbart)

Leonardo, Airbus to bid for UK ‘Top Gun’ training deal
(Reuters)


British Army News

British Army to keep vehicle depot in Germany
(IHS Janes)

British Army slams misuse of band uniform during Twelfth parade
(The Irish News)

Germany tries ex-IRA terrorist for ‘trying to bomb Army base’
(Daily Express)

Memorial moment for Welsh fallen in three conflicts
(BBC)


Royal Air Force News

Air Power 2017: RAF looks to regain competitive edge
(Shepard Media)

Fallon to announce defensive upgrades for Typhoon fighters
(Defenseworld)

British RAF to begin recruiting women for ground close combat roles for first time
(Airforce Technology)

Squadrons for RAF Lossiemouth’s new aircraft announced
(BBC)

Sir Michael Fallon hails £120m investment in UK air power
(Belfast Telegraph)

Eurofighter Typhoon Test Fires Brimstone Air-to-Surface Missile
(Defenseworld)


Royal Navy & Marines News

BAE Systems awards contracts to 14 companies for British Royal Navy’s Type 26 ships
(Naval Technology)

UK’s most expensive military assets ‘increasingly vulnerable’ to cheap missile attacks by Russia and China
(Independent)

Trident factory upgrades costs double original budget
(BBC)

British navy vessel arrives in Doha to take part in joint exercise
(The Baltic Post)

Navy minesweeper back at home port after ‘very successful’ NATO deployment
(Herald Scotland)

Eastney Falklands Yomper statue move to museum dropped
(BBC)


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.