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  • UK submariner who questioned nuclear sub safety apprehended Tue, May 19, 2015

    Britain's Royal Navy says a submariner who publicly challenged the safety of the country's nuclear fleet has been apprehended. A spokesman said Tuesday that Able Seaman William McNeilly is in military ... More »

  • Trident sailor held by Navy police
    Trident sailor held by Navy police Tue, May 19, 2015

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

  • Serviceman in custody over nuclear subs safety 'flaws' leak
    Serviceman in custody over nuclear subs safety 'flaws' leak Tue, May 19, 2015

    A junior British serviceman who published allegations of safety and security lapses around Britain's submarine-based nuclear missile defence system is now in military police custody, the Royal Navy said Tuesday. More »

  • Missing Trident Submariner To Hand Himself In
    Missing Trident Submariner To Hand Himself In Mon, May 18, 2015

    Earlier, the Royal Navy confirmed Mr McNeilly was a member of the naval service and that it was "concerned for his whereabouts and wellbeing". A Royal Navy spokeswoman said: "The Royal Navy takes security and nuclear safety extremely seriously and we are fully investigating both the issue of the unauthorised release of this document and its contents. More »

  • Trident sailor to hand himself in
    Trident sailor to hand himself in Mon, May 18, 2015

    A Royal Navy submariner who claimed security and safety procedures around the Trident nuclear programme mean it could be "infiltrated by a terrorist" has said he will hand himself in to police today. More »

  • Nepal's PM: Ban On RAF Chinooks Is Not Politics
    Nepal's PM: Ban On RAF Chinooks Is Not Politics Mon, May 18, 2015

    Nepal's Prime Minister has added confusion to the debacle over permission for British Chinook helicopters to fly in Nepal. Speaking to Sky News, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said he had refused access to the three Royal Air Force helicopters because of limited space at Kathmandu airport, and insisted the decision had nothing to do with politics. Sky News asked Mr Koirala why he had not allowed the aircraft into Nepal. In a somewhat confused answer, he said that the airport was crowded and that Nepal's terrain was difficult, suggesting that would cause problems for the Chinooks. More »

  • UK Navy, police seek submariner who gave safety warning Mon, May 18, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — British military and civilian police are trying to locate a Royal Navy submariner who went missing after warning about lax safety and security procedures in the country's nuclear fleet. More »

  • British Navy investigates sailor's disaster warning over nuclear subs
    British Navy investigates sailor's disaster warning over nuclear subs Mon, May 18, 2015

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Royal Navy said on Monday it had launched an inquiry after a sailor who served on its submarines armed with nuclear weapons said the vessels had major security flaws and were a "disaster waiting to happen". In a lengthy dossier released on the internet, Able Seaman William McNeilly, who describes himself as a weapons engineer, said Britain's Trident nuclear defence system was vulnerable both to enemies and to potentially devastating accidents because of safety failures. "Our nuclear weapons are a target that's wide open to attack," wrote McNeilly, who served on board HMS Vanguard, one the four submarines that carry the Trident missiles. The Royal Navy said it totally disagreed with McNeilly's "subjective and unsubstantiated personal views", describing him as a "very junior sailor". More »

  • Probe amid Trident safety claims
    Probe amid Trident safety claims Sun, May 17, 2015

    Security and safety concerns around the UK's nuclear deterrent are being investigated after a series of claims from a Royal Navy submariner. More »

  • Prince Harry calls for return of national service
    Prince Harry calls for return of national service Sun, May 17, 2015

    Prince Harry called for the return of national service in the country, crediting a military career for helping to keep himself and the soldiers he commanded on the right track. Harry, 30, fifth in line to the throne, told The Sunday Times, that his 10-year career in the British Army had done "amazing things" for him. "Bring back national service," Harry said. More »

  • UK To Pull Out Chinooks Sent To Help Nepal
    UK To Pull Out Chinooks Sent To Help Nepal Sat, May 16, 2015

    The Government has ordered the return of three RAF Chinooks sent to help Nepal's aid effort after they were barred from entering the country. The heavy-lift helicopters were sent to assist in the earthquake relief effort two weeks ago but have been stranded at Chandigarh Airbase, north of Delhi. The Nepalese Government is said to be worried the powerful aircraft will blow roofs off fragile houses or even cause them to collapse when taking off or landing. Sky's Defence Correspondent Alistair Bunkall said the episode had been "a shambles". More »

  • Quake zone Chinooks sent in vain
    Quake zone Chinooks sent in vain Sat, May 16, 2015

    Three RAF Chinook helicopters deployed to help with the rescue effort in Nepal following last month's devastating earthquake are being returned home without even reaching the Himalayan country. More »

  • Apology sought for Libyans' victims
    Apology sought for Libyans' victims Fri, May 15, 2015

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has been urged to make a public apology to the victims of Libyan soldiers brought to the UK for training with the British Army, who carried out a string of horrific sex attacks on locals. More »

  • HMS Bulwark brings more than 600 rescued migrants to Sicily
    HMS Bulwark brings more than 600 rescued migrants to Sicily Fri, May 15, 2015

    More than 600 migrants rescued by the British navy as part of the enlarged European Union search and rescue operation at sea were taken to port in Sicily on Thursday (14 April). HMS Bulwark, the Royal Navy flagship, picked up more than 400 migrants 40 nautical miles off the coast of Libya on Wednesday (13 May). They were brought in from four inflatable boats, which each had more than 100 people on board including pregnant women and children, the navy said. More »

  • Britain says scrambles Typhoon jets to escort Russian bombers Thu, May 14, 2015

    British Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two Russian long-range bombers near UK airspace north of Scotland, Britain's Ministry of Defence said on Thursday. Intercepts of Russian aircraft by NATO have increased over the last year amid heightened tensions between the West and Moscow over the Ukraine crisis. "The aircraft were identified as Russian Bear aircraft which were escorted by the RAF Typhoon fighters until they were out of the UK area of interest. At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace," a Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said in a statement. More »

  • UK jets intercept Russian aircraft
    UK jets intercept Russian aircraft Thu, May 14, 2015

    Two Typhoon fighter jets were launched from RAF Lossiemouth to intercept Russian bombers heading towards the UK, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. More »

  • UK Mulls Pull-Out Of Chinooks Barred By Nepal
    UK Mulls Pull-Out Of Chinooks Barred By Nepal Thu, May 14, 2015

    The UK government is to have "take it or leave it" talks with the Nepalese authorities over the next few days, as three RAF Chinooks continue to be denied entry to Nepal. The heavy-lift helicopters, much-needed in the relief effort, were dispatched to Nepal two weeks ago. Since then they have been stranded at Chandigarh Airbase north of Delhi, awaiting clearance to fly to Nepal. The Nepalese government is said to be worried the powerful aircraft will blow roofs of fragile houses or even cause them to collapse when taking off or landing. More »

  • Mediterranean migrants should be turned back, says Home Secretary
    Mediterranean migrants should be turned back, says Home Secretary Wed, May 13, 2015

    Economic migrants who attempt to reach the European Union by crossing the Mediterranean should be turned back, Britain said on Wednesday, even as the Royal Navy rescued 445 people packed into inflatable boats. More »

  • Royal Navy's Annual Photographic Competition Gives Inspiring Glimpse Into Forces …
    Royal Navy's Annual Photographic Competition Gives Inspiring Glimpse Into Forces … Tue, May 12, 2015

    The eye-catching images are all winners in the annual Royal Navy photo competition and show the many sides of the Forces, which usually go unseen by the public More »

  • RAF jets intercept Russia spy plane
    RAF jets intercept Russia spy plane Tue, May 12, 2015

    RAF jets intercepted a Russian spy plane close to Estonian airspace in the latest sign of tensions between Moscow and Nato. More »

  • Nepal bars UK aid helicopters, may damage buildings when landing - TRFN Tue, May 12, 2015

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain said on Tuesday it was negotiating with the Nepalese authorities after three British military helicopters sent to help the earthquake relief effort were denied entry because of fears they could damage buildings while landing. The Royal Air Force aircraft arrived in New Delhi last week to join the international rescue operation and are awaiting permission to enter Nepal, according to The Times newspaper. The Nepalese foreign ministry said the Chinook helicopters were too big and might damage houses when taking off and landing. "We have told the British authorities that they cannot fly their Chinook helicopters here because our technical team says they are likely to damage the houses and other buildings in the Kathmandu Valley," a ministry spokesman was quoted as saying. More »

  • Army Sergeant Held After Wife's Parachute Fails
    Army Sergeant Held After Wife's Parachute Fails Sun, May 10, 2015

    A British Army sergeant was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after his wife's parachute failed to open during a skydive. Emile Cilliers, 35, was questioned by police after Victoria Cilliers plummeted 4,000ft to the ground but "miraculously" survived. She suffered multiple serious injuries and very nearly lost her life, Wiltshire Police said. But "slinks" or soft links used to connect the canopy to the parachute harness were "missing" and may have been removed, detectives added. More »

  • Soldier quizzed over skydive
    Soldier quizzed over skydive Sun, May 10, 2015

    A man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after his wife's parachute failed to open during a skydive is a British Army sergeant. More »

  • Germany grounds Airbus A400M after Spain crash Sat, May 9, 2015

    Germany has grounded its Airbus A400M military transport aircraft after a similar plane crashed in Spain during a test flight on Saturday, the defence ministry said. The move echoes a decision taken by Britain's Royal Air Force after the crash, in which four people died. "The (Air Force) chief of staff has suspended operations until further notice," a German defence spokesman said. Germany took delivery of its first and so far only A400M, with a delay of four years, shortly before the end of 2014. More »

  • Britain's RAF suspends A400M flights after Spain crash Sat, May 9, 2015

    Britain's Royal Air Force has suspended operations of its Airbus A400M Atlas troop and cargo planes as it waits for more information on the cause of a crash involving a similar aircraft during testing in Spain on Saturday, the Ministry of Defence said. The RAF has taken delivery of two of the 22 planes it has ordered. The crashed aircraft was not earmarked for the RAF, but operations have been halted as a precaution, a spokeswoman said. More »

  • Royal Navy Rescues Refugees In Mediterranean
    Royal Navy Rescues Refugees In Mediterranean Fri, May 8, 2015

    More than 100 refugees have been rescued from the Mediterranean by the Royal Navy's flagship in its first mission since being sent to the region. HMS Bulwark picked up the migrants after going to investigate a large rubber boat which was adrift. The 19,000-tonne assault ship was sent to the Mediterranean on Monday as part of the UK's contribution to help tackle the migrant crisis, which has cost the lives of nearly 1,800 people this year and seen thousands taken ashore. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "HMS Bulwark, working with the Italian coastguard... investigated a large rubber boat with approximately 110 individuals on board. More »

  • Navy rescues refugees in the Med
    Navy rescues refugees in the Med Fri, May 8, 2015

    The Royal Navy's flagship has rescued a more than 100 refugees adrift in the Mediterranean - its first mission since being deployed in the region. More »

  • BAE Systems maintains 2015 outlook for slight earnings rise Thu, May 7, 2015

    BAE Systems , the world's third-largest defence contractor by revenue, stood by its forecast for marginally higher earnings this year and added its performance would be biased to the second half. The update from BAE, which helps build the Eurofighter Typhoon jet, supplies the Royal Navy with ships and produces combat vehicles for the U.S. Army, comes on election day in Britain, where the company makes about a quarter of its sales. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and Ed Miliband's opposition Labour Party have been neck and neck in opinion polls for months, indicating neither will win enough seats for an outright majority in the 650-seat parliament. Whichever government is formed is due to hold a review of defence and security spending later this year, which will shape the military budget over the next five years, potentially impacting BAE's sales in its home market. More »

  • RAF man broke woman's back in prank
    RAF man broke woman's back in prank Tue, May 5, 2015

    An RAF flight sergeant who broke a Tube passenger's back after he tried to jump on to an escalator handrail has been ordered to pay £4,000 to his victim. More »

  • 'Abandoned' Hong Kong veterans go into battle with Britain
    'Abandoned' Hong Kong veterans go into battle with Britain Tue, May 5, 2015

    Hong Kong military veterans who served in the British armed forces are going into battle against their former colonial ruler over their right to live in Britain. More »

  • HMS Bulwark ready for migrants push
    HMS Bulwark ready for migrants push Mon, May 4, 2015

    The Royal Navy's flagship is ready to join efforts to ease the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean after it was held back amid "discussions" with European Union (EU) partners. More »

  • Fully Restored WWII Fighter Plane Up for Auction
    Fully Restored WWII Fighter Plane Up for Auction Mon, May 4, 2015

    1 Spitfire models still able to fly — will be sold to commemorate the 75th anniversary of two pivotal WWII skirmishes: the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain. The iconic warplane is associated with the Battle of Britain, in which the German Air Force attempted to exert superiority over the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force (RAF). The Spitfire is credited with helping Britain hold its own and for preventing the Germans from becoming the dominant force in the air. More »

  • Naval carrier command section ready
    Naval carrier command section ready Mon, May 4, 2015

    A key section of one of the Royal Navy's under-construction aircraft carriers has been delivered to Rosyth for assembly. More »

  • RAF Chinook on Nepal mercy mission
    RAF Chinook on Nepal mercy mission Fri, May 1, 2015

    The first of three military helicopters has left the UK to help the rescue effort in Nepal, as families of missing Britons continue their "hellish" wait for news. More »

  • British Gurkha troops supply clean water in native Nepal Fri, May 1, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A group of Nepal's Gurkhas serving in the British army have rushed back home to lend a hand in the recovery from the massive earthquake. More »