News Round-Up – July 28th 2018

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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’s Ministry of Defence Delivers a Bland Update on its Modernising Defence Programme
(RUSI Analysis)

Here’s What The 6th-Generation Fighter Tempest Means For The F-35
(Investor’s Business Daily)

Capita’s Ministry of Defence contract suspended after rival Serco challenges decision
(Staffing Industry Analysts)

Russia’s nuclear-powered arsenal is ‘highly exaggerated’: Experts say
(Daily Mail)

British Forces Take Part In The World’s Largest Marching Event
(Forces Network)

This is how NATO responds when Russian nuclear warplanes show up
(VICE News)

Drone to be used by British military breaks flight record
(Oxford Mail)

British Armed Forces Pay Rise Confirmed
(Forces Network)


British Army News

Clarity On The Future Of British Troops In Germany
(Forces Network)

UK MoD writes off Fire Shadow loitering munition
(IHS Jane’s 360)

British Soldier Among ‘Great Heroes’ Hailed For Thai Cave Rescue
(Forces Network)

18 months for Army officer over soldier’s death in live ammo exercise
(Shropshire Star)

Rate of mental health problems among troops and veterans doubles in a decade
(Yorkshire Post)

Royal Army Veterinary Corps Prepares To Celebrate Their Centenary
(Forces Network)

Army Basing Programme must produce 1,200 homes by 2020
(Construction News)

Haunting silhouette of British Tommy projected onto Rock of Gibraltar in moving tribute
(The Sun)


Royal Air Force News

RAF Scampton, Home of The Dambusters and the Red Arrows, To Be Closed and Sold.
(The Aviationist)

British Typhoon Aircraft Scrambled To Intercept Russian Bomber Over Black Sea (Defenseworld.net)

First UK F-35 vertical landing carried out at RAF Marham
(Airforce Technology)

UK-Qatar Joint Typhoon Squadron formed to improve defence cooperation
(Airforce Technology)

UK Protector Force Carries Vision For Free Flight
(Aviation Week)

Saab to develop RAF Typhoon jet pyrotechnic self-protection system
(Airforce Technology)

Prince Of Wales Visits F-35B Squadron At RAF Marham
(Forces Network)

RAF Chinooks boost French mission in Mali
(Flightglobal)

RAF Lossiemouth presented with souvenir from stricken vessel
(Press and Journal)

WWII Hawker Typhoon rolled out at RAF Coningsby
(Lincolnshire Reporter)

Second world war pilot Mary Ellis dies aged 101
(The Guardian)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Royal Navy scrambled to INTERCEPT two Russian ships passing through the English Channel
(Daily Star)

UK MoD suspends plans to build Type 31e frigates for Royal Navy
(Naval Technology)

Defence chiefs have been accused of jeopardising Ferguson’s by delaying a Royal Navy frigate contract
(Greenock Telegraph)

Royal Navy escorts Spanish warship from Gibraltar waters
(Euro Weekly News)

UK considers options for possible off-the-shelf Harpoon replacement
(IHS Jane’s 360)

UK Royal Navy holds ceremony aboard the USS Wisconsin
(DVIDS)

Former Portsmouth Royal Navy ship in the running for National Lottery Award
(The Portsmouth News)

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 – July 14th 2018

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


General Defence News

Britain’s ’70-year holiday from history is over’, says Defence head
(Telegraph.co.uk)

MoD property deal ‘could cost taxpayer up to £5bn’
(The Guardian)

Schrödinger’s Strike: Who Hit These Buildings in Raqqa, Syria?
(bellingcat)

Boeing Increases Footprint in UK
(Aviation International News)

Ministry of Defence explains why towns across Somerset and Wiltshire are covered in smoke
(Somerset Live)

UK Ministry of Defence looks to replace its Biometric Data Capture System
(Biometric Update)


British Army News

Afghanistan: UK to send 440 more non-combat troops
(BBC News)

The future of the British Army in Europe
(The Defense Post)

British Troops Make Final Preparations For South Sudan Deployment
(Forces Network)

UK army ‘fallen behind Russia and China’ – defence chief
(Daily Star)

I spent my career in the British Army and I know the dangers of privatising the battlefield
(The Independent)

Secret Documents Reveal Thatcher Government Tried To Silence British Sikhs
(HuffPost UK)


Royal Air Force News

RAF Celebrates 100 Years with Spectacular Flyover in London
(The Aviationist)

RAF looks at UAV swarms
(IHS Jane’s 360)

Waddington to operate Protector, with best of British air power on show at Air Tattoo
(GOV.UK)

Britain set to spend 650million dollars buying 200 state of the art air-to-air missiles from the US
(Daily Mail)

Airbus To Support RAF Pumas
(Aviation International News)

IBM Wins Contract for RAF ACCS
(Aviation International News)

RAF recieves 20th Atlas transport aircraft
(GOV.UK)


Royal Navy & Marines News

US Navy Hopes for Commonality – Or at Least Interoperability – With Frigates in Australia, Canada, UK
(USNI News)

British Royal Navy re-dedicates HMS Northumberland to service
(Naval Technology)

Plymouth is united behind Royal Navy shipbuilding campaign
(Plymouth Herald)

WW1 British sailor laid to rest on Arras battlefield
(Centenary News)

Gibraltar First Stop For HMS Argyll On Deployment To The Far East
(Forces Network)

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 7th 2018

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Hi everybody,

I am sorry for the lack of content the last two months. It has just been so hectic recently for me that I felt I had no choice but to put the site on hiatus for a while. I am aiming to at least get the news round-ups out every week on either a Friday or Saturday but I will be researching and writing up some new content over the coming weeks. If you are still here then thank you for your patience and support.

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


General Defence News

UK authorities seeking clues in new Novichok poisoning case
(Washington Post)

Russia uses World Cup defence to preempt new poisoning accusations
(euronews)

The Battle Against IS Is Not Over, Says Defence Secretary
(Forces Network)

UK in talks with Sweden over next-generation fighter jet
(Financial Times)

UK misses NATO deadline for completing defence review
(The Guardian)

Almost 2000 Scottish MoD jobs have gone
(The Scotsman)

Lincad to Supply Batteries to UK Ministry of Defence
(Renewable Energy Magazine)

Britain Will Build Australia’s Future Frigate
(The Diplomat)


British Army News

British Soldier Found Dead At Catterick Garrison
(Forces Network)

Yorkshire Regiment soldier Reece Miller dies in Estonia
(BBC News)

May slaps down calls for IRA terrorists amnesties – ‘We owe our soldiers’
(Express)

Castlemartin inquest: Tank crews ‘in chaos’ before blast
(BBC News)

Army Prepares NHS Medics For Potential Terrorist Attacks
(Forces Network)

Army recruits are being turned away for minor ailments such as eczema despite chronic shortage of troops
(Telegraph)

Hitler’s Reich in ruins: Incredible photos taken by one of the first British soldiers to enter Berlin
(Daily Mail)


Royal Air Force News

RAF receives first ‘Centurion’ Typhoons ahead of Tornado retirement
(IHS Jane’s 360)

F-35B Makes First Visit To RAF Valley
(Forces Network)

UK Defence Committee urges tender for E-3D AWACS aircraft replacement
(Airforce Technology)

The Royal Air Force Museum has had a revamp — and it’s got something for everyone
(Metro Newspaper UK)

Nazi U-boat sunk by RAF and USAF found off Galicia by Spanish divers
(BBC News)

Funeral for no-relatives RAF veteran Raymond Burrows
(BBC News)

Improved safety the lasting legacy of tragic RAF jet crash which took the lives of three Moray men
(Press and Journal)

Queen Elizabeth attends reception for RAF
(Royal Central)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Issues surface over UK’s Crowsnest programme
(Shephard Media)

UK transfers SNMG2 command to Royal Netherlands Navy
(Naval Technology)

Tyne-built Royal Navy ship HMS Northumberland returns home for a special visit
(Chronicle Live)

Royal Marines join London Pride for the first time as navy flies the flag for LGBT+ communities
(The News)

Prodrive fast tracks UOR for HMS Diamond
(Innovation in Textiles)

UK MoD seeks to mitigate effects of US steel tariffs on nuclear programme
(IHS Jane’s 360)

RFA sailors who saved lives in hurricane horror honoured in Portsmouth
(The News)

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 – May 13th 2018

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


General Defence News

UK MoD lacks funding to buy all equipment it says it needs, parliament finds
(IHS Jane’s 360)

Star Wars style weapons just years away from being used by Brit soldiers and RAF fighter pilots
(Scottish Daily Record)

Hundreds Watch RAF Take Top Boxing Honours Over Army In Cyprus
(Forces Network)

Marshall wins landmark deal for UK in Bangladesh
(Business Weekly)

Royal wedding preparations underway as military personnel seen rehearsing their duties
(Sunday Express)


British Army News

Former SAS commander Lieutenant-General Mark Carleton-Smith is new Army chief
(Sky News)

Veterans hounded over the Troubles deaths will no longer receive amnesty 
(The Sun)

British army instructor posts video of crying recruit and could now face court-martial
(American Military News)

British Army Brass Band makes Major return
(4barsrest.com)

British army to tackle African elephant poachers who fund their Islamic extremism
(Daily Mail)

Ted Heath ordered cover-up of SAS training for undercover Army unit, new book claims
(Belfast Telegraph)


Royal Air Force News

UK parliament launches inquiry into RAF strikes on Mosul and Raqqa
(Middle East Eye)

RAF jets obliterate ISIS complex in huge terror raid
(Daily Star)

First images released of what RAF’s new fleet of Poseidon aircraft will look like
(Press and Journal)

UK and Norway plan anti-submarine co-operation
(IHS Jane’s 360)

RAF, RSAF observe Cerberus Strike
(Air Force Link)

Body of RAF serviceman to be repatriated
(Oxford Mail)

RAF grounds its Vigilant T1 training gliders over safety fears
(The Times)


Royal Navy & Marines News

UK Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Set for US Visit, F-35B Trials
(USNI News)

Give £1bn navy contract to UK firms, Corbyn urges
(Insider.co.uk)

Royal Navy Recognizes 14 Sailors for Bravery
(The Maritime Executive)

Royal Navy acquires first autonomous robot minesweeper
(TechSource)

Royal Navy concludes Information Warrior 2018
(Shephard Media)

The Royal Throwdown: Royal Marines vs US Marine Corps
(Forces Network)

The Home Of Britain’s Nuclear Deterrent Turns 50
(Forces Network)


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.

May 3rd 1813 – Admiral Cockburn’s Raid on Havre de Grace

On June 18th 1812, the 4th President of the United States, James Madison Jr, bowed to pressure from those in Congress who wanted war with Britain and signed the declaration. The calls for war came as a result of a number of skirmishes between British and American ships the former of whom were enforcing a blockade against Napoleonic France and despite the US being officially neutral the British still stopped American ships and even press ganged American sailors in to the King’s service.

While it would last until February 18th 1815, the subsequent conflict is still remembered as the War of 1812. With the majority of British forces committed to fighting Napoleon in mainland Europe, the British had little choice but to initially adopt a defensive strategy against the Americans until they could bolster their numbers with troops from Europe and the enlistment of local native American tribes to carry out a guerrilla-style campaign against American troops.

Admiral Sir George Cockburn raid havre de grace 1813 war of 1812 Royal NavyAt sea, the British fleet was under the command of Admiral Sir John Warren who in November appointed the recently promoted Rear Admiral Sir George Cockburn (pronounced Co-Burn, Right) as his second-in-command. Cockburn was an experienced officer having seen several actions throughout his career up to that time against the French and Spanish. Cockburn commanded a force of ships that were directed against disrupting US trade and naval/privateer operations along the northeastern US with the two-year old 36-gun fifth rate frigate HMS Maidstone carrying his flag.

On April 23rd 1813, Cockburn’s force captured Spesutie Island located in the Chesapeake Bay in the US state of Maryland. Recognising the fear his fleet had put in the local population he emphasized to them that as long as they did not oppose the British forces using the island as a base then they would be allowed to go about their daily lives. Reporting to Warren on April 29th following a raid on Frenchtown in which five American vessels were destroyed, he outlined his intention to attack any settlement along the American coastline in Chesepeake Bay which hoisted American colours or fired on his force.

A few days later, Cockburn was returning from Frenchtown, sailing to the north of Spesutie Island when he was fired on by US forces based in the town of Havre de Grace. In his report on the subsequent action which was reprinted in the London Gazette, Cockburn admitted that until he observed the gunfire aimed at him from the settlement he had largely disregarded it. Now, he decided that the settlement which was primarily defended by local militia groups should be punished for their resistance however the town was protected by shoal water that was too shallow for the larger of Cockburn’s fleet to sail over.

He therefore anchored his force off nearby Turkey Point on May 2nd 1813 and transferred over 150 Royal Marines to a flotilla of smaller boats that included a number of  rocket boats for fire support under the command of Captain John Lawrence of HMS Fantome. Lawrence and his men set off under the cover of darkness to carry out a dawn attack. HMS Dolphin (12-guns) and HMS Highflyer (8-guns), both former American privateers captured by the British and pressed in to service against their previous owners, attempted to sail with the boats to offer support but were only able to make it to six miles of the settlement because of the shallow waters.

As Lawrence and his men made their way towards the town, their presence was detected by the local population who warned the militia at Havre de Grace of the impending attack. The Americans decided to withdraw rather than fight a pitched battle with the British with less than 40 men remaining when Lawrence struck at dawn. The Americans manned a battery of cannons at Concord Point and it was here the main action was fought. Cockburn’s report describes what happened next;

Captain Lawrence, however, having got up with the boats, and having very ably and judiciously placed them during the attack, a warm fire was opened on the place at daylight from our launches and rocket boats, which was smartly returned from the battery for a short time, but the launches constantly closing with it, and their fire rather increasing than decreasing, that from the battery soon began to slacken, and Captain Lawrence observing this, very judiciously directed the landing of the marines on the left, which movement, added to the hot fire they were under, induced the Americans to commence withdrawing from the battery, to take shelter in the town.

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Lieutenant G. A. Westphal, who had taken his station in the rocket boat close to the battery, therefore now judging the moment to be favourable, pulled directly up under the work, and landing with his boats crew, got immediate possession of it, turned their own guns on them, and thereby soon obliged them to retreat with their whole force to the furthest extremity of the town, whither (the marines having by this time landed) they were closely pursued, and no longer feeling themselves equal to a manly and open resistance, they commenced a teazing and irritating fire from behind the houses, walls, trees, etc. from which I am sorry to say, my gallant first lieutenant received a shot through his hand whilst leading the pursuing party; he, however, continued to head the advance, with which he soon succeeded in dislodging the whole of the enemy from their lurking places, and driving them from shelter to the neighbouring woods, and whilst performing which service, he had the satisfaction to overtake, and with his remaining hand to make Prisoner,-and bring in a captain of their militia.

The captured American was Second Lieutenant John O’Neill who had put up a spirited defence which at one point included manning a cannon single-handedly until he was injured from the weapon’s recoil. He was captured along with two militia men as they attempted to escape to the nearby woods. During the entire attack there was only one fatality; an unfortunate resident of Havre de Grace who was killed when a British rocket exploded nearby.

Cockburn instructed his men not to pursue the Americans in to the woods. Instead they were to either seize or destroy American weapons that came in to their possession. Lawrence’s forces did however travel three miles north to destroy the ironworks centred around the Principio Furnace which was involved in manufacturing cannons for the American war effort. With Havre de Grace in British hands, the Royal Marines and sailors took to looting and vandalising the town, burning somewhere in the region of 60% of the entire settlement although the local church was spared.

The raid completed and Cockburn’s desire to punish the Americans satisfied, the British force then moved on up the Susquehanna River to attack an American supply depot. The residents returned to their gutted town, horrified at the destruction and accounts of the raid were widely circulated in the American press vilifying Cockburn especially. In response the British position argued that Cockburn and his men had done nothing the Americans had not done themselves in Canada, specifically the burning of York (modern day Toronto) a few days before the raid. Cockburn’s reputation for brutality amongst the Americans would later be solidified when over a year later he played a major role in the burning of Washington on August 24th 1814.

 

News Round-up – April 26th 2018

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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
(NATO HQ)


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
(DVIDS)

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
(Romania-Insider.com)

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
(Flightglobal)

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.

April 10th 1795 – Capturing La Gloire

In 1795, the forces of Britain and Revolutionary France had been at war for over two years and the Royal Navy was engaged in a blockade of the main French ports. For their part, the French sent some of their faster ships out in an attempt to bypass the blockade and engage in guerre de course or commerce raiding against British ships along the east coast of England.

At 1000hrs on the morning of April 10th 1795, a British flotilla under the command of Rear-Admiral John Colpoys spotted three French vessels attempting to break out through the Bay of Biscay. The French vessels were led by the 32-gun Gloire and when they realised the British had spotted them, the French commander ordered his force to scatter in the face of the superior British force after the 74-gun HMS Colossus had started firing on them.

Gloire swung north-west while its two compatriots – Gentile and Fraternité – turned west with HMS Hannibal and HMS Robust in hot pursuit of them. Gloire had managed to evade much of the British force except for the frigate HMS Astraea under Captain Lord Henry Paulet, also of 32-guns, which managed to stay in sight of the French warship throughout the afternoon. Finally, at 1800hrs Astrea succeeded in bringing Gloire within range of its quarterdeck cannon and fired several shots which saw Gloire respond with its sternchaser guns.

Royal Navy capture of La Gloire April 10th 1795 by Thomas Whitcombe 1816For over four and a half hours the two warships exchanged cannon fire shot for shot until 2230hrs, when the Astraea finally managed to come alongside the Gloire allowing both to unleash the full fury of their armament on one another. Gloire’s gunners aimed specifically for Astraea’s masts and rigging in an effort to disable the British warship and indeed succeeded in inflicting enough damage on Astraea’s topmast that it eventually collapsed. The British gunners however, concentrated their firepower on the French ship’s hull to silence the opposing gunners or sink the French ship altogether. Among the wounded aboard the Gloire was its captain and at 2328hrs, after sighting two more British warships sailing toward him he ordered the French colours to be lowered signalling the ship’s surrender.

Both vessels were heavily damaged in the engagement with Astraea needing to return to port for repairs to the mast but incredibly had not lost a single man in the engagement even as the topmast collapsed. This was thanks in no small part to the Gloire’s captain ordering his men to try to disable the British ship. By contrast, the Gloire lost 40 men killed or wounded. Sufficient repairs were made to both ships to enable them to sail to Portsmouth for more permanent repairwork with Gloire being sailed by a British prize crew under the command of Astraea’s Lieutenant John Talbot.

More success for the British would come the next morning on April 11th. HMS Hannibal and HMS Robust had continued their pursuit of the Gentile and Fraternité through the night until they managed to surround the Gentile and force its captain to surrender without having to engage in battle. The captain of the Fraternité decided to turn back towards Brest and had his men throw their armaments overboard to lighten the vessel and increase its speed. After several days evading pursuing British ships the Fraternité succeeded in reaching its home port.

Both Gloire and Gentile were pressed in to Royal Navy service with HMS Gloire being kept on charge until 1802.