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  • British lawmakers blame complacency for Taliban attack on base Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - British army commanders were partly to blame for the inadequate defences and complacency that allowed the Taliban to attack a base in Afghanistan, killing two U.S. marines, a parliamentary committee said on Wednesday. The September 2012 attack on Camp Bastion in Helmand province saw 15 heavily-armed Taliban fighters dressed in U.S. army uniforms cut the perimeter wire before destroying six U.S. harrier jets and damaging many other aircraft and vehicles. "Given that the attack took place in the British sector of the camp, British commanders must bear a degree of responsibility for these systemic failures and associated reputational damage." Two U.S. generals were forced to retire following a U.S. review of the attack last year. More »

  • Scotland Split Would Risk Jobs, Warns Hammond
    Scotland Split Would Risk Jobs, Warns Hammond Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has warned thousands of jobs will be threatened if Scotland decides to break away from the UK. He told staff at a Glasgow-based defence firm the future of the business and their livelihoods would be put at risk by a 'yes' vote in this September's referendum on independence. Mr Hammond said the defence industry in Scotland employs around 12,600 people and generates sales of more than £1.8bn. He told workers at Thales, a firm which has supplied every periscope used by the Royal Navy: "The creation of a border between this facility and its largest customer will put at jeopardy the future prosperity of this business, the people who work in it and their families and dependents. More »

  • Royal Navy chief warns on Scottish independence Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — The head of the Royal Navy says that Scottish independence would weaken Britain's sea forces. More »

  • Army women 'fearful of complaining'
    Army women 'fearful of complaining' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A "climate of fear" within the British Army means female service personnel are too "terrified" to come forward with formal harassment complaints against their colleagues, a Labour MP has claimed. More »

  • Scottish Independence Will Weaken Royal Navy and Hurt UK Defence, says First …
    Scottish Independence Will Weaken Royal Navy and Hurt UK Defence, says First … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The First Sea Lord has issued a damning indictment of Scotland's potential break from the UK, claiming that independence will weaken the Royal Navy and damage Britain's defence capabilities. Admiral Sir George Zambellas said Scottish independence would damage "the very heart" of Britain's maritime forces and hurt Scotland even more than the reconstituted UK. "I believe that independence would fundamentally change maritime security for all of us in the United Kingdom and damage the very heart of the capabilities that are made up of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Fleet Air Arm," Zambellas wrote in The Telegraph. More »

  • 'Scotland Split Would Damage Britain's Defences'
    'Scotland Split Would Damage Britain's Defences' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Scottish independence would damage the "very heart" of Britain's maritime defence force, according to the head of the Royal Navy. Admiral Sir George Zambellas wrote in the Daily Telegraph: "I believe that independence would fundamentally change maritime security for all of us in the United Kingdom and damage the very heart of the capabilities that are made up of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Fleet Air Arm. "While the continuing United Kingdom would eventually adapt and cope, the deeper impact would be felt in Scotland, which would no longer have access of right to the security contribution of one of the finest and most efficient navies in the world." He also insisted an independent Scotland's "claim on the Royal Navy would greatly weaken the carefully evolved 'whole', as bases, infrastructure, procurement, spares, personnel and training face a carve-up". More »

  • Royal Navy chief warns of threat posed by Scottish independence
    Royal Navy chief warns of threat posed by Scottish independence Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The Royal Navy chief on Tuesday warned that an independent Scotland would "damage the very heart" of the military service. More »

  • Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Black Box Search to Deploy Mini-Submarine
    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Black Box Search to Deploy Mini-Submarine Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Search crews hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will deploy a mini-submarine to try to locate the plane's wreckage. The crew of the British Royal Navy's HMS Echo is working with Australian vessel Ocean Shield to locate the Boeing 777-200's black box flight recorder in the Indian Ocean. Ocean Shield first picked up two underwater "pings" consistent with those from a black box on 5 April, followed by two more in the same area three days later. Phillip Newell, commanding officer of HMS Echo, told Sky News: "We believe we have come close to that point now where we can move to the next stage and deploy a remote vehicle which can go down to the correct depth and search the sea bed." More »

  • Mini-Sub To Be Used As Plane Search Narrows
    Mini-Sub To Be Used As Plane Search Narrows Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The commander of the Royal Navy ship searching for flight MH370 has told Sky News they are getting close to sending down a mini-submarine to hunt for wreckage. HMS Echo is working with Australian vessel Ocean Shield to locate the Boeing 777-200's black box before it runs out of power. The plane carrying 239 people vanished from radar on March 8 and is thought to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, around 1,500 miles off Australia's west coast. The crew of HMS Echo are analysing the signals by looking at the currents and ocean depth of around 2.8 miles (4.5km) to try to pin-point the plane's wreckage. More »

  • Navy 'working 24/7 to find plane'
    Navy 'working 24/7 to find plane' Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The hunt for the black box from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is proving "challenging", but the crew of a Royal Navy ship are working 24/7 in their efforts to help the search, their captain has said. More »

  • 'Railway Man' revisits war prisoner's horror and forgiveness
    'Railway Man' revisits war prisoner's horror and forgiveness Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shortly before wrapping up filming for "The Railway Man," a World War Two drama about a former British Army officer and victim of torture, actor Colin Firth dreamt he was drawing a map of a railway but was bluffing and didn't know how to do it. Firth, 53, plays Eric Lomax, a man with a passion for trains and railway timetables who meets his wife on a train decades after he had been tortured as a prisoner of war during the building of the Thailand-Burma Railway, or what became known as the "Death Railway." The railway, built by the Empire of Japan in 1943 to support its attack on the British colony of Burma, used forced labour, including Asian civilians and Allied prisoners of war, many thousands of whom died of beatings, disease, starvation and exhaustion. More »

  • Navy 'working 24/7' in plane search
    Navy 'working 24/7' in plane search Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    A Royal Navy ship is arriving today in the area of the southern Indian Ocean where "pings" thought to be from the black box of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been detected. More »

  • UK ex-soldier claims ministry tried to block Afghanistan book
    UK ex-soldier claims ministry tried to block Afghanistan book Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    A former British army captain on Wednesday accused the Ministry of Defence of attempting to block publication of a book criticising the country's campaign in Afghanistan's restive Helmand province. More »

  • On This Day: First British-built Concorde makes maiden flight
    On This Day: First British-built Concorde makes maiden flight Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    The world’s first supersonic passenger jet, piloted by Englishman Brian Trubshaw, made its test flight from a factory in Filton, Bristol to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire More »

  • Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: HMS Echo Joins Mission to Verify Black Box  …
    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: HMS Echo Joins Mission to Verify Black Box  … Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    Royal Navy ship HMS Echo has arrived at an Indian Ocean location to help verify potential 'pings' from the lost black box of the striken Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Its arrival came as authorities described reported pings from MH370's black box as the strongest lead in the hunt for the airliner, which went missing on 8 March. "This is an important and encouraging lead, but one which I urge you to treat carefully," retired Australian Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston told reporters in Perth. More »

  • Missing Plane: HMS Echo To Join Black Box Hunt
    Missing Plane: HMS Echo To Join Black Box Hunt Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    The Royal Navy vessel HMS Echo is joining a refocussed search effort to find out if signals detected in the Indian Ocean are from missing flight MH370. Authorities are trying to determine whether the three acoustic signals picked up in the southern Indian Ocean are from the plane's missing black box. Chinese and Australian ships picked up the signals in different parts of the search zone. Sky's Alistair Bunkall said HMS Echo is joining the effort to find out whether the "pings" belong to the black box. More »

  • Naval ship joins hunt for black box
    Naval ship joins hunt for black box Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo is ready to help search efforts to find the black box of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. More »

  • Women Soldiers Could Fight on Front Line, Says UK Army Chief
    Women Soldiers Could Fight on Front Line, Says UK Army Chief Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    The British Army is considering lifting its ban on women fighting on the front line, the Chief of General Staff has said. General Sir Peter Wall told the Sunday Times that he wanted to show that the army was "open" to women and an equal opportunities employer. Sir Peter told the newspaper: "We've got to take a view on that fairly soon. More »

  • Women May Get Right To Fight On Front Line
    Women May Get Right To Fight On Front Line Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    The British Army is "seriously considering" lifting its ban on women serving in combat roles in line with other countries such as the US, the Chief of the General Staff has said. General Sir Peter Wall told The Sunday Times he wanted to show women that the army was "open to" women and an equal opportunities employer. The Ministry of Defence, which under European Law must review the policy every eight years, said there would another review "before 2018". Women currently are allowed to serve on the frontline with the artillery and as medics, engineers, intelligence officers and fighters pilots but not in close combat roles. More »

  • Missing Plane: Race To Find MH370 Black Box
    Missing Plane: Race To Find MH370 Black Box Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Australian authorities have said they are launching the underwater hunt for the black box from missing flight MH370. Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston told a news conference: "The Australian Navy and the Royal Navy have today commenced a sub-surface search for emissions from the black box pinger from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. It comes after Malaysia's opposition leader accused the government of deliberately concealing information about missing flight MH370. Anwar Ibrahim, who personally knew the pilot of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, called for an international committee to take over the Malaysian-led operation, saying "the integrity of the whole nation is at stake". More »

  • Malaysia Airlines MH370: Underwater Hunt for Black Box Starts
    Malaysia Airlines MH370: Underwater Hunt for Black Box Starts Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Underwater search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370's black box has begun with pinger locators on two ships trying to find the flight data recorder before its battery drains out. The vessels, Australia's Ocean Shield and the HMS Echo, will search a 240km-stretch in the southern Indian Ocean for the black box. "The Australian Navy and the Royal Navy have today commenced a sub-surface search for emissions from the black box pinger from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370," Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston told reporters. More »

  • Malaysia Plane Probe Focuses On Crew And Pilots
    Malaysia Plane Probe Focuses On Crew And Pilots Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    A Royal Navy submarine has joined the search for flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean - as Malaysia's police chief said the investigation was focusing on the pilots and cabin crew. Khalid Abu Bakar said criminal investigations were continuing to focus on four possibilities: hijacking, sabotage and personal or psychological problems of those on board. Mr Bakar also warned the cause of the tragedy may never come to light. As the clock counts down on the battery life of the black box's locator beacon, the search has been bolstered by British submarine HMS Tireless, which has now arrived in the Indian Ocean. More »

  • On This Day: British pilots make first ever flight over Mount Everest
    On This Day: British pilots make first ever flight over Mount Everest Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, the Marquis of Clydesdale, led two RAF planes 13,500ft higher than anyone had ever flown before after reaching the 29,029ft summit. More »

  • British Army Terror Suspect Ryan McGee Faces Anarchist Cookbook Charges
    British Army Terror Suspect Ryan McGee Faces Anarchist Cookbook Charges Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    British Army soldier Ryan McGee will appear in court charged with making a DIY bomb inspired by The Anarchist Cookbook.` Previous owners of the book have been prosecuted under the Terrorism Act. The Crown Prosecution Service said: "It is alleged that between 31 May 2012 and 29 November 2013, Ryan Adam McGee had possession of a document or record for terrorist purposes, namely a copy of the Anarchist Cookbook. "He has been charged with one offence contrary to 58(1)(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000. More »

  • Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: British Submarine Joins Search for Missing Jet …
    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: British Submarine Joins Search for Missing Jet … Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    The Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless has arrived in the Indian Ocean to help with the search of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The vessel will try to find the plane's black box recorder in a search area of around 98,000 sq miles off Perth, Australia. A defence source said: "A Royal Navy Trafalgar Class submarine has recently arrived in the area and is conducting search operations for the flight recorders. "She was ordered to move from an operational tasking to the search area around a week ago and arrived on station on Monday. More »

  • Royal Navy Submarine Joins MH370 Search
    Royal Navy Submarine Joins MH370 Search Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    The Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless has arrived in the Indian Ocean to help search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The Trafalgar Class submarine is expected to try to detect the plane's flight recorders in the waters. Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo is also due to join the international search operation on Wednesday. A defence source said: "A Royal Navy Trafalgar Class submarine has recently arrived in the area and is conducting search operations for the flight recorders. More »

  • Now UK submarine joins jet search
    Now UK submarine joins jet search Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo is due to begin search efforts today to help find missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. More »

  • Navy submarine joins plane search
    Navy submarine joins plane search Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless has arrived in the southern Indian Ocean to help in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. More »

  • On This Day: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands
    On This Day: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Six hundred elite Argentine troops mounted an amphibious landing and within hours overwhelmed 57 Royal Marines, 11 Royal Navy sailors and 25 local militiamen. More »

  • On This Day: Stricken Torrey Canyon oil tanker is bombed by Navy and RAF in …
    On This Day: Stricken Torrey Canyon oil tanker is bombed by Navy and RAF in … Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Bomber crews dropped 19 tons of ordnance on the Liberian ship after 32million gallons of crude oil gushed into the sea off the Cornish coast in Britain’s worst spill. More »

  • Royal Navy Signs £500m Weapons Deal with France
    Royal Navy Signs £500m Weapons Deal with France Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    The Ministry of Defence has announced it will equip new helicopters with state-of-the-art missiles after a landmark deal was signed. The agreement will see the MoD contribute £280m towards a £500m UK and French government project to arm the Royal Navy's new Wildcat helicopters. More »

  • US Drones' Yemen Deaths: Was Lord Livingston Linked to BT Fibre-Optics  …
    US Drones' Yemen Deaths: Was Lord Livingston Linked to BT Fibre-Optics  … Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Lord Livingston, former CEO of BT, is at the centre of a row over the company's involvement in America's secret military drone war, which has killed hundreds of civilians in Yemen. Livingston was the head of BT when the telecoms firm won a contract with the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) in September 2012. The contract was to provide fibre-optics communication cables between RAF Croughton, a US communications station military base in Northamptonshire, and Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, the US headquarters in Africa from which the unmanned drones are dispatched. It is believed that the US base in the UK sent crucial data to Camp Lemonnier using the communications cable, which facilitated the drone attacks on civilians in Yemen. More »

  • Dannatt: Ex-British Military Chief Blasts Army Cuts in Light of Ukraine Cri …
    Dannatt: Ex-British Military Chief Blasts Army Cuts in Light of Ukraine Cri … Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    The former head of the British Army has warned against military cuts in light of the Crimea crisis, which he said evokes "uncomfortable shadows of the 30s". Lord Dannatt, who was chief of the general staff from 2006-09, said it was not time for the "US-led West to be weak in resolve and muscle". Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said the coalition needed to rethink its proposal to reduce the size of the regular Army by 20,000 to 82,000 by 2018, and to consider boosting numbers instead. "Diplomacy and sanctions may be the right response for now to the Russian president, but he will look beyond those things to see where the real check on his actions might come from," Dannatt said. More »

  • Retain Germany troops, says Dannatt
    Retain Germany troops, says Dannatt Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    Britain should make a "military statement" to Vladimir Putin by retaining 3,000 soldiers in Germany, the former head of the British Army has said. More »

  • Since 1948, 88 aircraft went missing without a trace – two off the Irish co …
    Since 1948, 88 aircraft went missing without a trace – two off the Irish co … Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    Two RAF planes went missing off the coast of Ireland at Fastnet Rock in 1955. More »