News Round-Up – October 24th 2017

HMS Queen Elizabeth UK F-35 Lightning II

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


General Defence News

UK must boost defence budget to ensure armed forces can protect ‘homeland’ against Russia
(Telegraph)

Fury as Iraq and Afghan veterans not honoured as conflict not deemed war
(Express)

Ministry of Defence spent £800million fighting Isis in three years
(Metro)

Defence Secretary says Clyde shipyard’s have ‘certainty’
(BBC News)

Ministry Of Defence Staff Sacked Over Expenses Fraud
(Forces Network)

Watchdog has 111 pricing queries on UK defence deals
(Financial Times)

Book published to remember the Real Enigma hero from the Scottish Borders
(Border Telegraph)

Bigger payout for Afghan interpreters
(The Times)

Pak Army team strikes gold in Exercise Cambrian Patrol in UK
(Daily Pakistan)


British Army News

Plans to sell the Household Cavalry’s Hyde Park base to build luxury flats are axed
(Daily Mail)

Army insists it has not relaxed drug rules
(The Independent)

British Army’s advertising bill for recruitment rockets as manpower continues to fall
(Mirror)

UK looks to replace Desert Hawk mini UAV
(IHS Jane’s 360)

Army explosive experts called to Sellafield nuclear plant
(The Independent)

British Army to Auction White Helmet Bikes
(RideApart)

Life In The Parachute Regiment: Ready For Anything
(Forces Network)

207 Manchester Field Hospital given Freedom of the Borough by Bury Council
(Bury Times)

Family Of Murdered Soldier Awarded 60 Years After His Death
(Forces Network)


Royal Air Force News

RAF recruits cyber experts to probe planes’ weaknesses
(Telegraph)

Rumor of a British Bomber Crash In a Detroit Neighborhood Haunts a Listener
(WDET)

Flight medics receive pilot training
(AirMed and Rescue Magazine)

Landfill search starts again for body of RAF gunner Corrie McKeague
(Metro)

Trains forced to slow down near RAF Valley
(Daily Post North Wales)

MoD To Invest 90-Million In RAF Training Centre
(Forces Network)

RAF squadron prepares to march through Oakham to mark its 90th anniversary
(Leicester Mercury)

RAF wife walks along the Great Wall of China for RAF Benevolent Fund
(LincolnshireLive)


Royal Navy & Marines News

UK to transfer ownership of Franklin shipwrecks to Canada
(Toronto Star)

Britain’s shortest servicewoman just bagged Royal Navy’s most dangerous job
(Metro)

Royal Marines Smash Speed March World Record
(Forces Network)

BAE and Cammell Laird to bid for UK’s £1.25bn Type 31e frigate programme
(Naval Technology)

These eerie pictures of Royal Marine Commandos training at Pentewan Sands will show you the forces in a different light
(Cornwall Live)

HMS Dragon will arrive on the Rock today
(Gibraltar Chronicle)

Engineering the future of rail and sea with Bond of Friendship between the Royal Navy and Darlington loco trust
(The Northern Echo)

Queen set to visit HMS Sutherland in celebration of ship’s 20th anniversary
(Express)

Trafalgar Day ceremony marks 212 years since death of navy hero Admiral Lord Nelson
(The News)

Ex-WRNS member reflects on her time in what is a centenary year
(Northumberland Gazette)


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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Cyber Security & the British Army

Published on the British Army’s YouTube page today. The British Army takes all threats extremely seriously and is constantly working to safeguard its cyber security. Threats are always changing and becoming increasingly sophisticated. Cyber security is vital to the welfare and defence of the nation. The British Army is constantly working to improve its cyber defences. It is able to anticipate threats, assist in significant cyber incidents and can respond to cyber attacks. It is working with other nations and creating teams of dedicated experts.

NEWS: Royal Navy and RAF to provide security to EU summit on the migrant crisis in Malta

HMS Bulwark (Royal Navy)

HMS Bulwark (Royal Navy)

The flagship of the Royal Navy, HMS Bulwark, and the frigate HMS Somerset will be part of the security being provided for this week’s EU summit being held on the island of Malta. RAF Typhoon fighters will be operating from bases in Sicily as well to provide air defence duties should they be required. Despite the heavy British military presence both the British and Maltese governments have stressed that the Maltese government have final authority on all security arrangements and decisions.

This summit will take place on the 11th and 12th of November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, Malta’s capital city. The conference will be held to address the current demands of the continually unfolding migrant crisis on the European member states. The EU press release also states that the conference will be used to look in to addressing the root causes of the crisis.

The Maltese Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, explained to the media that while he expected no imminent terrorist or external threat to Malta during the summit he felt it prudent to ask the UK to assist in security areas that cannot be covered by the Maltese defence forces. HMS Bulwark will be docked in Malta while HMS Somerset will patrol the seas around the island. It is perhaps fitting that Bulwark should be aiding in providing security for the summit having been heavily involved in the rescue of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean earlier this year.