Royal Navy – Two Six 60-second news update: Episode 6

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News Round-Up – September 27th 2017

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


General Defence News

US-led Exercise Formidable Shield begins offshore Scotland
(Naval Technology)

Trump’s new UK ambassador wrongly accuses Britain of spending ‘minimum’ on its military
(The Independent)

MoD sells off ships, planes and vehicles to meet £20billion hole in defence budget
(Daily Star)

Shocking rise in number of monkeys used for experiments at Ministry of Defence’s top secret warfare lab
(Mirror)

Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m
(The Register)

Prince Harry kicks off Invictus Games in Toronto
(insideTORONTO.com)

Ministry of Defence bracing for a no-deal Brexit to protect Armed Forces
(Mirror)

Two planes collide in mid air at Duxford Battle of Britain air show
(Essex Live)


British Army News

Former sergeant major who applied for 400 jobs still struggles to find work
(Telegraph)

The British Army is trying to give its tanks ‘shields’
(Scout)

Battle over plans for new £3bn contract for new Army vehicle
(Telegraph)

‘When will this nightmare end?’ War vet tells of shock at fourth inquiry into suspicious death of Iraqi civilian
(Telegraph)

Army grounds £1bn drone fleet after two crash
(Telegraph)


Royal Air Force News

What happened to Corrie McKeague? Bury St Edmunds RAF gunner is still missing one year later
(The Sun)

Shamed historian ordered to pay widow of RAF hero £12500 for stealing treasured Dambusters log book
(Scottish Daily Record)

Dozens of ex-RAF workers ‘suffering life threatening illness and terminal cancers after being exposed to deadly chemicals
(The Sun)

Lucky thirteen take to the skies! Dramatic sight over wartime fighter station as Spitfires and bombers
(Daily Mail)

British pilot of Maltese descent Graham Muscat brings T2 Hawk to Malta for the first time
(Malta Independent Online)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Ultra Electronics wins £37m contract with BAE Systems
(Digital Look)

HMS Ocean has arrived in the Caribbean in mammoth relief effort
(Plymouth Herald)

The Royal Navy and Freedom of Navigation Operations
(CIMSEC)

New Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship to support the Aircraft Carriers arrives in UK
(Royal Navy)

Watch Royal Navy bomb squad carry out explosion on busy Cornwall beach
(Cornwall 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 – September 20th 2017

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


General Defence News

We’ll end up with a ‘Third World’ military, former head of the Navy warns
(Plymouth Herald)

BAE’s Typhoon must navigate Gulf diplomacy
(Financial Times)

Up to 70 new jobs at Broughton as MoD strike deal on surveillance plane upgrade
(Deeside)

Stunning images of American Spitfires donated by the RAF
(Daily Mail)


British Army News

British Army’s AJAX in final stages of testing
(Forces Network)

Thousands of troops will have their wages cut by £352 next year, shocking new figures reveal
(Mirror)

Narrow win puts Army in pole position for inter-services title
(Forces Network)

British Army bike stunt team disbands after 90 Years
(RideApart)

Statues honour former Devon and Dorset Army regiments
(BBC News)

British army veterans march on Westminster in support of former soldier facing prosecution in connection with death of a vulnerable man during the Troubles
(Irish News)


Royal Air Force News

Hercules refuels in Bermuda
(The Royal Gazette)

Facebook blasted for banning RAF’s charity disability campaign while allowing ISIS beheading
(The Sun)

RAF re-open radar base on Britain’s most northerly island
(Yorkshire Post)

RAF helicopter crash in Kabul ‘partly caused by surveillance balloon’
(The Guardian)

23 photos of RAF Mildenhall to celebrate The United States Air Force’s 70th birthday
(Norfolk Eastern Daily Press)

Air Cadets honour Second World War Royal Air Force pilots
(Grand River Sachem)


Royal Navy & Marines News

US Navy research chief urges caution as British Admirals begin dash for autonomy
(USNI News)

Royal Navy ‘can only send a quarter of its warships to sea after Armed Forces budget cuts’
(Daily Mail)

Lockheed Martin and Elbit Systems to partner for British Royal Navy’s MEWP project
(Naval Technology)

Royal Navy to discuss developing effective maritime cyber security standards
(EIN News)

Royal Navy historic plane returns to Somerset three years after crash-landing at a show
(BBC News)

Those magnificent men: Fascinating pictures show how Royal Navy officers first took to the skies
(Daily Mail)

Daughter of Royal Navy POW launches emotional search for Japanese boy who helped him
(Telegraph)


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 9th 2017

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

General News

Argentinians plot to raid Falklands and plant their flag on British soil
(Express)

Fallon: Break with European Union gives UK more flexibility to deal with Russia
(USNI)

This is why women in the armed forces are celebrating today
(Marie Claire)

Tight budgets and imminent Brexit threaten Britain’s armed forces
(Economist)

Lawrence of Arabia fans solve WWI mystery
(Rutland Herald)


British Army News

Army intelligence targets Russia’s fake news in Poland and the Baltic states
(Express)

The British Army, ATDU, and DSTL to discuss survivability for combat vehicles
(EU Business)

Ex-British Army chief accuses defence chiefs of breaking the law by failing battle-scarred troops with PTSD
(The Sun)

Public viewing soldiers as victims risks damaging Army, says Chief of the General Staff
(Telegraph)

Ruth Davidson hits out at SNP over ‘vitriolic tirades’ after she was made honorary colonel
(Telegraph)

Deadly Legionnaire’s disease found in showers at barracks of Queen’s Buckingham Palace guards where hundreds of soldiers live
(Mirror)

Policeman speaks of abuse at hands of evil Army Cadet boss
(Birmingham Mail)


Royal Air Force News

Weapons in the Tornado-Typhoon Transition: Shaping a Way Ahead
(Second Line of Defence)

Italian Typhoons to replace RAF on NATO southern policing duties
(IHS)

Squadron which will train F-35 Lightning pilots at RAF Marham announced
(Eastern Daily Press)

Bangladesh to buy two RAF C130J transport planes
(Defense World)

Norfolk firms benefiting as contracts are handed out for £27m RAF Marham upgrade
(Eastern Daily Press)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Royal Navy’s Fleet Flagship HMS Ocean make final voyage through Sunderland
(The Sun)

Merlin first to land on Royal Navy’s biggest warship
(ITV)

HMS Montrose completes refit
(Plymouth Herald)

Royal Marines participate in Exercise Green Dragon to test battlefield logistics
(Naval Technology)

Faulty doors on new £3billion Royal Navy warship injure sailors
(Daily Record)

The Royal Navy photographer of the year 2017 – In pictures
(Yahoo)


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.

MoD awards BAE Systems contract for first three Type 26 Global Combat Ships

Royal Navy BAE Systems Type 26 Global Combat Ship

The Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems a £3.7bn contract to manufacture the first three Type 26 warships for the Royal Navy. Developed under the title “Global Combat Ship”, the Type 26 along with a newer, smaller class of frigate will go on to replace the current Type 23 frigates (Duke-class).

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

The Type 26 Frigate is a cutting-edge warship, combining the expertise of the British shipbuilding industry with the excellence of the Royal Navy. We will cut steel on the first ship later this month – a hugely significant milestone that delivers on our commitment to maintain our global naval power. These ships will be a force to be reckoned with, there to protect our powerful new carriers and helping keep British interests safe across the world.

Backed by a rising defence budget and a £178bn Equipment Plan, the Type 26 programme will bring vast economic benefits to Scotland and the wider UK. The contract is structured to ensure value for taxpayers’ money and, importantly, now designed to protect them from extra bills from project overrun. The investment will secure hundreds of skilled jobs at BAE Systems on the Clyde for the next twenty years, and thousands of jobs in the supply chain across Britain.

While the Type 26 will be primarily concerned with escorting the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, the ships will also be expected to deal with numerous missions across the spectrum of Royal Navy operations. As well as the traditional combat role they will also be capable of undertaking anti-piracy, national security and humanitarian/disaster relief operations.

Armament will consist of a NATO-standard BAE 5 inch, 62-calibre Mark 45 naval gun, Phalanx close-in weapon systems, Sea Ceptor surface-to-air missiles (currently being fitted to the Type 23) and Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles in various mixes. They will also be armed with an as yet unspecified new generation anti-ship missile. A rather large flight deck will allow the vessel to accommodate a wide array of British and NATO helicopter types.

Originally it was planned to acquire thirteen Type 26s but in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review the decision was taken to reduce the order to eight and to make up the shortfall in hulls with a smaller frigate type currently under development.