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Army Appoints First Female Major General

Army Appoints First Female Major General

The British Army has appointed its first female Major General. Susan Ridge, who currently holds the rank of Brigadier, will …

  • Silent Tribute To Be Held For Tunisia Victims
    Silent Tribute To Be Held For Tunisia Victims Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    A minute's silence will be observed across the country at midday – one week on from the Tunisian terror attack which killed 30 British tourists. Flags are being flown at half-mast over Buckingham Palace and government buildings, as an RAF operation to repatriate their bodies continues. The Queen will be joining people across the country in the act of remembrance, and will mark the silence during a visit to the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. More »

  • Tunisia Attack Victims' Bodies Arrive Back In UK
    Tunisia Attack Victims' Bodies Arrive Back In UK Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The bodies of nine Britons shot dead in the Tunisia beach attack have arrived back in the UK, as the final British death toll was confirmed. The C-17 military transport aircraft touched down at RAF Brize Norton carrying coffins bearing the bodies of Lisa and William Graham, Philip Heathcote, Trudy Jones, Ann and James McQuire, Janet and John Stocker, and David Thompson. They were among 38 people killed by Seifeddine Rezgui in the resort of Sousse in Friday's attack, before the gunman was shot dead by police. More »

  • UK Mulls Syria Strikes To 'Destroy' IS Threat
    UK Mulls Syria Strikes To 'Destroy' IS Threat Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Prime Minister has indicated the Government is paving the way for airstrikes on Islamic State terrorists in Syria in the wake of the Tunisian beach massacre. David Cameron has said there is a "strong case for us doing more in Syria" but said there needed to be "clear consensus for such action" among MPs. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon outlined the case for allowing RAF bombers to attack key IS targets ahead of a debate on the issue in the House of Commons. More »

  • UK minister: Illogical to attack IS in Iraq but not Syria Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense minister says lawmakers should consider expanding Royal Air Force airstrikes against the Islamic State from Iraq into Syria. More »

  • Tunisia: More British Victims To Be Flown Back
    Tunisia: More British Victims To Be Flown Back Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    An RAF plane will return to Tunisia this morning, as an operation to repatriate the bodies of Britons killed in the beach terror attack continues. The C-17 military transport aircraft is expected back at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire this afternoon, with all of the victims flown home "over the coming days". So far, 29 of the 38 tourists shot dead by Seifeddine Rezgui have been identified as British – and police are still trying to confirm the nationality of a 30th person also believed to be from the UK. More »

  • Tunisia: Bodies Of Eight Victims Back In UK
    Tunisia: Bodies Of Eight Victims Back In UK Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    An RAF plane carrying the bodies of eight Britons killed in the Tunisia beach terror attack has landed in the UK. A C-17 military transport aircraft, which left Tunis earlier today, landed at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire at around 3pm. The coffins of Adrian Evans, Patrick Evans, Joel Richards, Carly Lovett, Stephen Mellor, John Stollery, and Denis and Elaine Thwaites were adorned with white flowers and were carried off the aircraft by members of the armed forces. More »

  • Tunisia Victims' Bodies To Be Flown Home
    Tunisia Victims' Bodies To Be Flown Home Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The first RAF flight carrying the bodies of Britons killed in the Tunisia terror attack will arrive back in the UK on Wednesday. Further flights are expected over the course of the week as bodies are released by the Tunisian authorities, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said. Mr Hammond said 22 UK nationals have been positively identified, while it is believed a further eight are among the 38 killed by gunman Seifeddine Rezgui. More »

  • Hundreds protest against Dalai Lama
    Hundreds protest against Dalai Lama Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Hundreds of Buddhist protesters demonstrated against the Dalai Lama on Monday as the spiritual leader arrived in the British army town of Aldershot, where many current and former Nepalese Gurkha soldiers live. More »

  • RAF Plane To Evacuate Casualties From Tunisia
    RAF Plane To Evacuate Casualties From Tunisia Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The vow came after the Prime Minister said an RAF plane was being sent to evacuate casualties from Tunisia, and Home Secretary Theresa May visited the country to see the aftermath of the "absolutely horrific attack". David Cameron has promised a "full spectrum" response to the attack that is expected to have left as many as 30 Britons dead. He said Ms May and Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood had gone to Sousse on Monday to "give condolences to those who have lost loved ones" and "see for themselves what has happened". More »

  • George Groves suffers head injury in boating accident
    George Groves suffers head injury in boating accident Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    British boxer George Groves suffered a minor head injury in a boating accident on Monday but the incident will not impact his Las Vegas fight with Badou Jack for the WBC super-middleweight title, his management said. Groves has been training with the Royal Marines in Plymouth, on Britain's south-west coast, for the fight which is expected to take place in August or September. The 27-year-old, who was knocked out by Carl Froch in the WBA and IBF super-middleweight title fight last year, was taken to hospital for his injury but was released. More »

  • British army display parachutist has lucky escape Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    A British army paratrooper from the country's famed Red Devils display team had a narrow escape in front of hundreds of spectators after he was caught mid-air by a fellow team member when his parachute failed to open properly. The airshow in northwest England where the incident happened late on Friday said it was the first parachute fail in 25 years for the team, which is formed of 12 members of Britain's elite Parachute Regiment. Spectators published dramatic photos and video on social media showing one soldier with a fully open parachute wrapping his legs around the ropes of his team mate's tangled parachute below. More »

  • Britain's Prince Harry serves last day in army career
    Britain's Prince Harry serves last day in army career Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Prince Harry ended his career with the British army on Friday after 10 years' service that saw him fight on the front line twice in Afghanistan. More »

  • RAF Scrambled As Russians Stray Near NATO Drill
    RAF Scrambled As Russians Stray Near NATO Drill Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    RAF Typhoons have been scrambled three times in the last 24 hours to intercept Russian jets flying close to NATO military exercises in the Baltic. The deployment of the combat aircraft, based in Estonia, came as Britain warned Moscow the NATO exercises were "not a game". Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, speaking to Sky News aboard HMS Ocean, also said the UK will "stand tall, shoulder-to-shoulder" with other alliance members to defend eastern Europe's borders. More »

  • Fallon vow in Russia planes alert
    Fallon vow in Russia planes alert Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has insisted that Nato would stand by its eastern European members as RAF jets based in Estonia were scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft on three separate occasions in 24 hours as he visited the region. More »

  • British nuclear submarine whistleblower out of job, says Royal Navy Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    A whistleblower who alleged that Britain's nuclear-armed submarines have major security flaws has left his post in unspecified circumstances, the Royal Navy said on Wednesday, after an inquiry found no safety breaches had occurred. Able Seaman William McNeilly released a lengthy dossier online last month in which he said the Trident nuclear defence system was vulnerable to its enemies and potentially devastating accidents because of safety failures. "We can confirm that AB McNeilly has left the Naval Service, the details of which are a matter for the individual and his employer," a spokeswoman for the Royal Navy said in a statement. More »

  • Trident whistleblower discharged
    Trident whistleblower discharged Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    A Royal Navy submariner who published an online dossier of safety and security concerns about the Trident nuclear programme has been discharged from the service. More »

  • Sunken Wrecks Of Epic WWI Naval Battle Revealed
    Sunken Wrecks Of Epic WWI Naval Battle Revealed Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    3D scans of ships sunk during the First World War's largest naval battle have been produced after a Royal Navy ship scoured the bottom of the North Sea. They show the battered wrecks of several of the 25 warships - 14 of them British - that were blown up during the Battle of Jutland on 31 May, 1916. Among them is HMS Invincible which was torn apart by a German shell, killing more than 1,000 sailors. More »

  • George Cheers On Mum At Trooping The Colour
    George Cheers On Mum At Trooping The Colour Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    The Duchess of Cambridge has made her first public appearance since leaving hospital after the birth of Princess Charlotte - as the Queen celebrated her official birthday with the pomp and pageantry of the Trooping the Colour ceremony. Kate joined other members of the Royal Family as the monarch inspected 1,100 soldiers of the Household Division at Horse Guards Parade in central London. Prince George joined his parents on the balcony of Buckingham Palace where the royals gathered to wave to the crowds in The Mall and to watch the traditional RAF fly-past. More »

  • Top honour for brave Navy pilot
    Top honour for brave Navy pilot Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    A Royal Navy pilot who landed his stricken historic aircraft after it plunged to the ground following engine failure has received the highest peacetime honour for gallantry in the air. More »

  • Prince Harry inaugurates memorial to British soldiers who died in Afghanist …
    Prince Harry inaugurates memorial to British soldiers who died in Afghanist … Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Prince Harry led a service on Thursday (11 June) to remember the members of the British armed forces who were killed in Afghanistan. Harry and British Prime Minister David Cameron laid wreaths at the Bastion Memorial during the service, which was also attended by family and friends of those killed during the Afghanistan campaign. The Bastion Memorial bears the names of the 453 British personnel who were killed in Afghanistan. More »

  • Tall And Talented: 10 Christopher Lee Facts
    Tall And Talented: 10 Christopher Lee Facts Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Sir Christopher Lee may be best known for playing Dracula, wizard Saruman and Bond villain Scaramanga but here are ten unusual facts you may not know about the legendary actor. During World War II Sir Christopher Lee joined the RAF and worked alongside the SAS although what he did is still unknown as his actions remain classified. Lee never elaborated on any of the details. He retired from the RAF after the end of the war with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. More »

  • RAF shadows Russian Baltic planes
    RAF shadows Russian Baltic planes Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    RAF Typhoons have intercepted and shadowed two Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it has been disclosed. More »

  • Queen leads tributes to Gurkhas
    Queen leads tributes to Gurkhas Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    The Queen tonight led moving celebrations marking two centuries of Gurkha service with the British Armed Forces, as senior royals and military veterans alike bowed their heads in memory of those who died in the Nepalese earthquake. More »

  • Fallon ponders aid spending
    Fallon ponders aid spending Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    There is a "very strong case" for counting humanitarian work by British armed forces towards total defence spending, Michael Fallon has said. More »

  • New Ship To Guard Against 'Russian Aggression'
    New Ship To Guard Against 'Russian Aggression' Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    A new Royal Navy ship will help guard the UK against Russian aggression in Europe and terrorism around the world, the Defence Secretary has said. As work began on HMS Medway, Michael Fallon insisted Britain must maintain a strong Navy in the face of emerging global threats. His comments come after US President Barack Obama expressed concern that budget cuts may see Britain drop below the NATO target of spending 2% of GDP on defence. More »

  • Navy strengthened to tackle terror
    Navy strengthened to tackle terror Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Aggressive Russian actions close to the UK and terrorism around the world has emphasised the importance of maintaining a strong Royal Navy, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said as he cut the steel on a new patrol vessel. More »

  • Navy Ship Picks Up 1,200 Rescued Migrants
    Navy Ship Picks Up 1,200 Rescued Migrants Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    Royal Navy ship HMS Bulwark has taken on board 1,200 refugees amid an ongoing rescue mission off the Libyan coast. It is the highest number of refugees the Royal Navy ship has so far picked up, having previously rescued 747 people from dangerously overcrowded vessels in a similar operation last month. The UK rescue mission saw HMS Bulwark go to the assistance of five migrant vessels, four of which were rubber inflatables. More »

  • Royal Navy rescues 1,000 migrants
    Royal Navy rescues 1,000 migrants Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    The Royal Navy rescued more than 1,000 people off the coast of Libya today, making it HMS Bulwark's "largest operation to date". More »

  • Navy ship heads to rescue migrants
    Navy ship heads to rescue migrants Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    A Royal Navy warship was heading towards Libya today in another mission to rescue migrants trying to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. More »

  • UK sailor found dead in Seychelles
    UK sailor found dead in Seychelles Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    A Royal Navy sailor has been found dead during a visit by his warship to the Seychelles. More »

  • Nimrod axe 'causes Trident risk'
    Nimrod axe 'causes Trident risk' Sat, May 30, 2015

    Russian submarines are likely to have gathered "valuable intelligence" on Britain's nuclear deterrent since the Government scrapped maritime patrol aircraft, senior RAF figures have warned. More »

  • Navy Saves Young Migrants Crammed Into Boat
    Navy Saves Young Migrants Crammed Into Boat Fri, May 29, 2015

    The Royal Navy's flagship has saved more than 360 migrants - including 50 young children - crammed into a wooden boat trying to cross the Mediterranean. HMS Bulwark intercepted the stricken boat north of Libya and sent five landing craft to rescue the 369 people crowded on board. HMS Bulwark's Commanding Officer Captain Nick Cooke-Priest said he was sure the migrants would have died without help. More »

  • Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Amazing moment Red Arrows are photobombed by s …
    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Amazing moment Red Arrows are photobombed by s … Thu, May 28, 2015

    This is the brilliant moment a 'Top Gull' bird pulled off a spectacular photobomb when it was captured flying alongside the RAF Red Arrows. More »

  • Submariner's Trident Fears Unfounded - Fallon
    Submariner's Trident Fears Unfounded - Fallon Thu, May 28, 2015

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has moved to allay concerns about Trident raised by a Royal Navy submariner who went absent without leave. Able Seaman William McNeilly, 25, produced an 18-page report which included allegations about the Trident submarines based in Scotland. Mr Fallon has now said most of these allegations either related to historic events, or were incorrect or based on misunderstandings. More »

  • Fallon rejects Trident safety fears
    Fallon rejects Trident safety fears Thu, May 28, 2015

    Concerns about Trident raised by Royal Navy submariner William McNeilly were either incorrect, the result of misunderstanding or based on historic events, and safety has not been compromised, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said. More »