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William Set To Train As Air Ambulance Pilot

William Set To Train As Air Ambulance Pilot

Prince William has started work with the company operating the East Anglian Air Ambulance - and will fly rescue missions this…

  • 30 Injured As Coach Overturns In Scotland
    30 Injured As Coach Overturns In Scotland Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Images on social media show the bus standing upright on an embankment, next to a loch. The Ministry of Defence said a Royal Navy helicopter from HMS Gannet has air-lifted passengers to hospital. The most seriously hurt were taken to the Southern General in Glasgow and the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley. More »

  • Britain awards AgustaWestland 580 million-pound helicopter contract
    Britain awards AgustaWestland 580 million-pound helicopter contract Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it awarded AgustaWestland, a unit of Italian defence group Finmeccanica, a 580 million-pound ($870 million) contract to maintain and support Royal Navy helicopters. The 5-year contract for the Royal Navy's Merlin Mk2 and Mk3 helicopters will help sustain 1,000 jobs primarily in southwest England at facilities in Yeovil and Culdrose, the MoD said. Britain is investing 11.2 billion pounds in its helicopter fleet over the next 10 years but overall its defence budget has been cut by around 8 percent in real terms since 2010. More »

  • Britain says to boost defence of disputed Falkland Islands
    Britain says to boost defence of disputed Falkland Islands Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will reinforce its military presence on the disputed Falkland Islands to ensure they are properly protected, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Tuesday, a move rejected as unnecessary by Argentina which lays claim to the archipelago. Tensions over the Falklands still crackle more than 30 years after Argentine forces seized the islands in 1982 and Britain sent a task force to retake them in a brief war which saw more than 600 Argentine and 255 British servicemen killed. "We will continue to defend the right of the islanders to determine their future and to maintain their way of life against whatever threats may arise." Britain would deploy two Chinook helicopters to the Falklands from mid-2016, upgrade communications at the Royal Air Force base there, and renew the surface-to-air missile defence system which is due to come out of service around 2020, he said. The Argentine government claims the islands, which are 300 miles off the Argentine coast and 8,000 miles from Britain, as its own and has stepped up a campaign to get what it calls Las Malvinas back as exploration by oil and gas firms nearby has raised diplomatic tensions. More »

  • Britain To Boost Falkland Islands Defences
    Britain To Boost Falkland Islands Defences Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed reinforcements of troops and equipment following a Ministry of Defence review suggesting an attack on the South Atlantic archipelago is more likely. He told Sky News that he intended "to reassure the islanders that we're absolutely committed to their right to remain British and to the defence of the islands". In a Commons statement, Mr Fallon said Britain is deploying two RAF Chinook transport helicopters, adding that a review of the islands' defences had found they were "broadly proportionate" to the current threat level. He also confirmed the government's commitment to maintaining a Falkland Islands patrol vessel - currently HMS Clyde - while investing £180m over the next ten years upgrading harbour facilities and fuel infrastructure. More »

  • Chinooks to boost Falklands defence
    Chinooks to boost Falklands defence Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Britain is to deploy two RAF Chinook transport helicopters to help bolster the defence of the Falklands amid renewed fears of a fresh Argentine invasion of the islands. More »

  • US warship at anchor off Gosport
    US warship at anchor off Gosport Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    One of the world's largest warships is currently at anchor off the UK's south coast as it is too big to enter one of the Royal Navy's major bases. More »

  • Huge Aircraft Carrier Anchors Off South Coast
    Huge Aircraft Carrier Anchors Off South Coast Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    A giant US aircraft carrier has anchored off the Hampshire coast ahead of a five-day visit to the UK. The 100,000-tonne USS Theodore Roosevelt is positioned off Stokes Bay, Gosport, with hundreds of people lining the coast to catch a glimpse of the vessel. Some 5,226 sailors will visit Portsmouth during the stay, which is part of the ongoing partnership between the Royal Navy and US defence on carrier operations. Six Royal Navy aircraft handlers are among the crew as they train ahead of serving aboard new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth when it enters service in 2017. More »

  • Warship crew wear new naval uniform
    Warship crew wear new naval uniform Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    A Royal Navy warship has set sail with the crew wearing the Senior Service's first new uniform in more than 70 years. More »

  • Prince Harry launches Walk of Britain charity expedition
    Prince Harry launches Walk of Britain charity expedition Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Britain's Prince Harry attended Walking With The Wounded's Walk of Britain launch event in London on 18 March. There he met and spoke to veterans and injured service personnel who will take part in a planned 1,000 mile walk across Britain later this year. A team of five will embark on this latest expedition over a course of 10 weeks. It includes members of the Royal Marines and 3 Rifles. More »

  • Prince Harry to quit British army after 10 years
    Prince Harry to quit British army after 10 years Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Prince Harry announced Tuesday he is to leave the British army after 10 years' service that has seen him fight on the front line twice in Afghanistan. More »

  • Aid flown out to cyclone victims
    Aid flown out to cyclone victims Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    An RAF plane carrying aid has flown out today to help relief efforts following a devastating tropical cyclone in the South Pacific which has wiped out much of Vanuatu. More »

  • Sailors send Mother's Day greeting
    Sailors send Mother's Day greeting Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Sailors serving on one of the Royal Navy's most advanced warships have sent a Mother's Day greeting back home from the Gulf. More »

  • Strauss Set To Head Help For Heroes Team
    Strauss Set To Head Help For Heroes Team Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The Kia Oval is to stage an inaugural Help for Heroes Twenty20 fundraising match on 17 September, which will feature cricketing stars past and present. The England team will be captained by Andrew Strauss and coached by Sir Ian Botham, while Gary Kirsten will coach the Rest of the World team, whose captain has not been named yet. The feature match will be preceded by a first match between a Top Flight XI and a Help for Heroes Recovery XI, made up of those who have been wounded or injured serving in the British Armed Forces. Former England batsman Allan Lamb will select the teams for the main match and he said: “I am sure that the cricketing world will embrace this exciting game on the 17th September. More »

  • Ebola Nurse And Two Colleagues Back In UK
    Ebola Nurse And Two Colleagues Back In UK Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    A British healthcare worker who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has arrived in the UK for specialist treatment. The unnamed woman, who works for the British military in Kerry Town, is being treated at a special high-level isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in northwest London. Two fellow military healthcare workers who came into contact with the woman returned to the UK on the same RAF plane, Public Health England (PHE) said. More »

  • No probe into fatal Tornados crash
    No probe into fatal Tornados crash Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    No fatal accident inquiry will be held into a mid-air crash between two RAF Tornados which claimed three lives, the Crown Office has announced. More »

  • UK Military Health Worker Contracts Ebola
    UK Military Health Worker Contracts Ebola Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    A member of British military personnel has tested positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone. The unidentified woman - who was working at the Kerry Town facility southwest of the capital Freetown - is due to be flown home by the RAF after being assessed, Sky News understands.  A Public Health England spokesperson said: "An investigation into how the military worker was exposed to the virus is currently under way and tracing of individuals in recent contact with the diagnosed worker is being undertaken. The Kerry Town Ebola Crisis Centre was built by the British Army with Government funding. More »

  • Plane sent for Ebola health worker
    Plane sent for Ebola health worker Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    An RAF plane has been sent to Sierra Leone to potentially evacuate a female British military healthcare worker who has tested positive for Ebola. More »

  • Shot dead in 1974 but still no justice
    Shot dead in 1974 but still no justice Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    John Pat Cunningham was shot by the British Army. More »

  • UK Soldiers Hurled 'Abuse' At Female Footballers
    UK Soldiers Hurled 'Abuse' At Female Footballers Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    The Defence Ministry is investigating claims British troops shouted sexist abuse at female football players during an England match. Members of the British Army based in Cyprus watched the England women's team beat Australia 3-0 in the Cyprus Cup tournament in Nicosia on Friday. Ms Downey said: "We've been to lots of games before and we can engage in banter, but this wasn't banter - it was constant, gender-specific abuse. Ms O'Sullivan and Ms Downey, who both cover football for the Girls on the Ball website, claimed the soldiers abused the Australian substitutes as they took off their tracksuits before going on the pitch. More »

  • Sexist abuse row over England match
    Sexist abuse row over England match Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    The Ministry of Defence is investigating allegations that members of the British Army shouted sexist abuse while watching the England Women football team. More »

  • Third of WW1 sailors were boys: study
    Third of WW1 sailors were boys: study Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Almost one in three sailors who served in Britain's Royal Navy in the First World War were aged just 14 to 17, a study of records showed on Friday. More »

  • Defence chiefs 'must quit' on cuts
    Defence chiefs 'must quit' on cuts Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Britain's defence chiefs should be prepared to resign en masse if the next government tries to impose any further cuts on the armed forces, a former head of the RAF has said. More »

  • Tinder isn't evil - it's just human vanity distilled into an app
    Tinder isn't evil - it's just human vanity distilled into an app Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    If you're fortunate enough not to be from Earth, and have therefore not heard of Tinder, I'll lay it out for you. I'm pretty sure my grandparents first met when they were drunk and horny at an RAF dinner-dance. More »

  • New £400,000 RAF helmet turns the wearer into Iron Man
    New £400,000 RAF helmet turns the wearer into Iron Man Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The 2.25kg headsets on the helmet of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (known as Lightning II by the RAF) cost £400,000 each More »

  • Red Arrows Reveal Historic Tail Fin Redesign
    Red Arrows Reveal Historic Tail Fin Redesign Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The Red Arrows aerobatic team has revealed the first livery change in its history, after unveiling a newly redesigned tail fin. Sky News was given exclusive access to film the team's nine pilots at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire as they headed into the skies with their new-look Hawk T1s, featuring elements from the Union Flag. It replaces a one-off tailfin design brought in for 2014 to mark the Red Arrows' 50th display year. More »

  • Eurofighter Typhoons to be fitted with Brimstone missiles
    Eurofighter Typhoons to be fitted with Brimstone missiles Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    A deal worth 200 million euros (147.80 million pounds) has been signed to equip Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets with the latest Brimstone 2 surface attack missiles, Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Sunday. The integration is expected to be delivered into service by Britain's Royal Air Force in late 2018, the MoD said, with each Typhoon able to carry six of the Brimstone missiles, which are designed to hit fast-moving targets and have already been used by Britain's Tornado jets in Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq. The Typhoon contract, awarded to Eurofighter Jagdflugzeung GmbH by the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency on behalf of Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy, was announced at the International Defence Exhibition in Abu Dhabi. More »

  • Scotland Gets £859m Navy Frigate Jobs Boost
    Scotland Gets £859m Navy Frigate Jobs Boost Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract to build Royal Navy frigates with BAE Systems worth £859m that will sustain 1,700 jobs across the UK. Six hundred of the jobs that will be safeguarded by David Cameron's announcement are in Scotland where BAE had indicated it may have to pull out in the event that the country voted for independence. Ian King, the chief executive of BAE, said last May in a letter submitted to the Scottish Affairs Committee that the future of the project would have to be discussed if Scotland voted 'Yes' in the September referendum. Welcoming the announcement, the Prime Minister said: "This is a substantial investment in our shipbuilding industry, safeguarding the jobs of 600 workers in Scotland and many more across the UK. More »

  • £859m deal to build Navy frigates
    £859m deal to build Navy frigates Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    An £859 million investment in the next generation of Royal Navy frigates, sustaining 1,700 jobs across the country, has been announced by the Government. More »

  • Serving British soldier 'joins Peshmerga to fight Islamic State' -S … Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    A serving British soldier has joined Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting Islamic State (IS) insurgents, Sky television reported on Thursday. He had been on leave from the British Army at the time he left for the region, it added. A British Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "We are aware of these reports and we are looking into them." Sky said the man had been in the army since leaving school at 16 and was known to have been learning Arabic. Security forces also estimate some 600 British Muslims have travelled to Syria to join the conflict there, some of them with the militant Sunni Islamist group Islamic State. More »

  • Gurkha School
    Gurkha School Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Behind the scenes at Nepal's Gurkha recruitment camp as young men compete to join the elite British army brigade. More »

  • NATO Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bomber
    NATO Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bomber Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Video has emerged showing NATO fighter jets 'buzzing' a Russian Tu-95 bomber. The footage shows three RAF Typhoons and at least one French Mirage fighter flying within yards of the Russian plane and broadcast on Russian television channel TV Zvedza, which is owned by the Russian Defence Ministry. However, based upon the squadron insignia seen on the aircraft, it is believed the video was shot during a close encounter on 28 January when two Russian military planes flew close to UK airspace. Sky's Defence Correspondent Alistair Bunkall said: "Events of this kind have tripled in recent months but what it shows is one of these events happening from the other side. More »

  • Britain says scrambles fighter jets to escort Russian bombers Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Britain said on Thursday it had scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to see two Russian long-range Bear bombers off the south coast of England the previous day, the second such incident in as many months. Britain summoned the Russian ambassador in January to explain a similar episode, when Russian bombers flew over the English Channel, forcing British authorities to reroute civil aircraft. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the latest incident, which is likely to further worsen already poor relations between Britain and Russia, happened on Wednesday evening. "The Russian planes were escorted by the RAF (Royal Air Force) until they were out of the UK area of interest. More »

  • River Search For Boy, 11, Suspended
    River Search For Boy, 11, Suspended Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Emergency services were alerted just before 4pm on Tuesday after the boy, who has not been identified, fell into the River Towy in the Tanerdy area of Carmarthen. Police, firefighters, a coastguard rescue team, the Ferryside inshore lifeboat crew and an RAF Sea King rescue helicopter have been involved in the search. Inspector Eric Evans of Dyfed-Powys Police said officers were "fairly confident" the boy had gone into the water. More »

  • Russian warship tracked in Channel
    Russian warship tracked in Channel Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    A Russian warship was tracked by the Royal Navy as it passed through the English Channel, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. More »

  • British warship monitors Russian naval vessel through Channel
    British warship monitors Russian naval vessel through Channel Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    A British warship shadowed a Russian frigate through the English Channel on Tuesday, taking over monitoring from French surveillance on the frigate's voyage northwards. HMS Argyll, a navy ship maintained at high-readiness, deployed a Lynx helicopter and used sensors to locate and monitor the Russian warship Yaroslav Mudryy, which was en route to the North Sea from the Mediterranean. "Under the NATO agreement whereby alliance nations co-operate to monitor activity, the Royal Navy took over from French surveillance," Britain's Ministry of Defence said in a statement. An MoD spokesman estimated that a Russian warship was escorted through the Channel every few months. More »