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  • 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 »

  • Russian Frigate Tracked 20 Miles From UK Coast
    Russian Frigate Tracked 20 Miles From UK Coast Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    The Royal Navy has revealed it intercepted a Russian frigate and monitored her passage through the English Channel. HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate with advanced Artisan radar, used a Lynx helicopter and sensors to locate and monitor the Russian warship as it passed within 20 miles of the Kent coast in the Strait of Dover. The Russian ship Yaroslav Mudryy is a Neustrashimy class frigate and was accompanied by her tanker the Kola while on the way back from a Mediterranean deployment. According to the Russian Navy's website, the ship is the second in a series designed for protection of combat ships from attacks, for search, detection and tracking of submarines and for attacking enemy ships and covering landing operations. More »

  • Bahrain sends warplanes to Jordan to fight Islamic State Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Bahrain has deployed war planes to Jordan, the state news agency BNA said on Sunday, becoming the second Gulf Arab country to send warplanes to help in the fight against Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq. Jordan has taken a leading role in conducting air strikes against Islamic State strongholds in Syria and Iraq since the militants killed a Jordanian pilot, Mouath al-Kasaesbeh, who was captured by the group after his plane crashed in Syria in December. "A group of Bahraini Royal Air Force planes have landed in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to participate in the international effort to annihilate terrorism," BNA said. The United Arab Emirates last week sent a squadron of F-16 jet fighters to Jordan to conduct air strikes against Islamic State alongside Jordanian planes. More »

  • Animal passion for Valentine's Day
    Animal passion for Valentine's Day Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Sailors on board a Royal Navy warship have come over all romantic this Valentine's Day as they have been seeing signs of love in one of the iciest places on Earth. More »

  • British Army Seeks To Recruit More Muslim Troops
    British Army Seeks To Recruit More Muslim Troops Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    More must be done to recruit soldiers from ethnic minorities and in particular the Muslim community, the Head of the British Army has admitted. General Sir Nicholas Carter, who took up the role of Chief of the General Staff last year, said that ethic minority representation in the military is "nowhere near where it needs to be". Figures released by the Ministry of Defence reveal there are only 480 Muslims serving in Army. Overall, all ethnic minorities - including black, Asian, Sikh, Hindu and Fijian people - make up less than 10% of the force. More »

  • Trip Tips: 50 years on, quirky guide to London still shows the way
    Trip Tips: 50 years on, quirky guide to London still shows the way Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    By Giles Elgood LONDON (Reuters) - Arguably the best guide to London published this season was written nearly 50 years ago. "Nairn's London" by Ian Nairn first appeared in 1966 and has been reprinted after fans of the idiosyncratic architectural enthusiast mounted a public campaign. The author, a former Royal Air Force fighter pilot who badgered the editors of the Architectural Review into giving him a job and who went on to become the Observer's architecture critic, died of drink in 1983, aged 52. More »

  • UK to send 1,000 troops and fighter jets to Baltics in Nato effort to reassure …
    UK to send 1,000 troops and fighter jets to Baltics in Nato effort to reassure … Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced the UK will deploy 1,000 troops and four RAF Typhoon jets to help bolster Nato's response in the Baltics. The fighter jets will be used for air policing in the Baltic states and will operate alongside Norwegian aircraft between May and August 2015. Typhoons will work to secure Nato's airspace over Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, which do not have their own air defence jets. "Nato's credibility in the face of the security challenges we face depends on everyone playing their part to implement the decisions taken at Wales last year," Fallon said. More »

  • Man Spreading Ashes Washed Out To Sea
    Man Spreading Ashes Washed Out To Sea Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    The search for a man who was washed out to sea off north Cornwall as he spread ashes has ended. He was last seen at Port William, near Tintagel, where he was caught by a large wave. A search and rescue helicopter was scrambled by Falmouth Coastguard from RAF Chievenor. More »

  • Cyber Warfare: Army Creates 'Twitter Troops'
    Cyber Warfare: Army Creates 'Twitter Troops' Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    The British Army has formed a specialist unit of "creative" soldiers who will be tasked with fighting wars using unconventional methods. Members of 77 Brigade have been trained to use guerrilla tactics and will be experts in psychological warfare operations. The Army hopes the brigade will impact the traditional battlefield using non-lethal techniques including social media to reflect the digital age. This has led to the early nickname "Twitter troops" for the Brigade, which will be formally created on 1 April. More »

  • Ebola Evacuation For Worker After Needle Jab
    Ebola Evacuation For Worker After Needle Jab Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    A British military healthcare worker has been evacuated from Sierra Leone after being accidentally jabbed with a needle while treating Ebola patients. The worker has returned to England for monitoring, according to Public Health England (PHE). The woman was flown back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Friday night and then transferred to an isolation ward at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, northwest London. It is understood the person, whose identity has not been released, has probably been exposed to the virus but has not been diagnosed with Ebola and is not displaying symptoms. More »

  • Portsmouth Naval Base Gets £100m Boost
    Portsmouth Naval Base Gets £100m Boost Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Portsmouth Naval Base is to get a £100m investment to improve facilities so that two new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers can dock there. The funds are part of a government strategy to make the Royal Navy the "most modern in the world" and with the aim of building a new warship every two years. The investment was announced by Chancellor George Osborne on a visit to the base. "Ensuring a better and more secure future for Britain means equipping our Royal Navy for the challenges of the 21st Century," Mr Osborne said. More »

  • £100m boost outlined for navy base
    £100m boost outlined for navy base Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne has outlined his strategy to make the Royal Navy the "most modern in the world" with his aim of building a new warship every two years. More »

  • Jets 'linked to Litvinenko probe'
    Jets 'linked to Litvinenko probe' Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    A former RAF pilot has suggested the presence of Russian military planes close to UK airspace could be linked to the Litvinenko inquiry. More »

  • UK Summons Ambassador Over Russian Bombers
    UK Summons Ambassador Over Russian Bombers Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Britain has summoned Russia's ambassador after RAF Typhoons were scrambled when two Russian bombers flew over the English Channel. The British fighter jets were scrambled on Wednesday when the Russian TU-95 'Bear' long-range bombers flew near UK airspace. A Foreign Office spokesperson said while the planes stopped short of entering British airspace, the incident was part of an "increasing pattern of out of area operations by Russian aircraft". A spokesperson said: "While the Russian planes did not enter sovereign UK airspace and were escorted by RAF Typhoons throughout the time they were in the UK area of interest, the Russian planes caused disruption to civil aviation. More »

  • RAF jets intercept Russian planes
    RAF jets intercept Russian planes Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Russian military planes flying close to UK airspace "caused disruption to civil aviation" yesterday, the Foreign Office said. More »

  • Britain says fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian bombers Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    British Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two Russian Bear long-range bombers which had flown close to UK airspace, Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Thursday. The Russian planes were detected flying over the Channel, south of England, on Wednesday and typhoons were launched from Royal Air Force (RAF) bases at Lossiemouth in Scotland and Coningsby in eastern England, the MoD said. "The Russian planes were escorted by the RAF until they were out of the UK area of interest. At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace," the Ministry of Defence said in a statement. More »

  • EU clears plans by drugmakers GSK and Novartis to trade assets
    EU clears plans by drugmakers GSK and Novartis to trade assets Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The European Commission on Wednesday approved a plan by Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline to trade more than $20 billion worth of assets, part of a reshaping of the drug industry at a time of healthcare spending cuts and more competition. The companies agreed last April to the transaction that includes GSK buying Novartis' vaccines business, Novartis purchasing GSK's cancer drugs, and the two groups tying up in consumer healthcare. The Swiss drugmaker will buy London-based GSK's oncology products for $14.5 billion (10 billion pounds) plus another $1.5 billion that depends on the results of a trial in melanoma. The Commission said its approval was conditional on the divestment of two of Novartis's cancer treatments - LGX818, a B-Raf inhibitor, and MEK162, an MEK inhibitor. More »

  • BAE Systems wins 112 million pound Typhoon services contract extension Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - Defence company BAE Systems said it had won a 112 million pound contract from the British Ministry of Defence to continue to provide services to ensure the readiness of the country's Eurofighter Typhoon jets. BAE Systems, Europe's largest defence company, said the contract extension of 15 months would help sustain 650 jobs at the country's Royal Air Force bases. ... More »

  • See Inside Top-Secret GCHQ For The First Time
    See Inside Top-Secret GCHQ For The First Time Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Cameras have been allowed to film inside the top-secret Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) for the first time. The access was granted as David Cameron pushes to give agencies such as GCHQ access to encrypted communications. Allowing outsiders into Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is an incredibly rare occurrence. The data gathered by the golf ball-shaped monitoring stations at some RAF airbases is sent to GCHQ where it is decrypted and analysed. More »

  • U.S. to cut European military bases as budgets shrink Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facing tight budgets and a shrinking military, the United States said on Thursday it was ending operations at an air base in Britain and handing it and 14 other sites in Europe back to their home governments. In the biggest move, the Pentagon said it would leave RAF Mildenhall northeast of London, home to tanker, reconnaissance and special operations aircraft, and withdraw 3,200 military personnel and their families. The changes, including new construction at some bases, were expected to cost $1. ... More »

  • Major US Airbase RAF Mildenhall To Close
    Major US Airbase RAF Mildenhall To Close Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    The US is pulling out of a major UK airbase and will hand back two others to the RAF. More »

  • Warship sails on piracy mission
    Warship sails on piracy mission Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    One of the Royal Navy's most advanced warships has set sail for a five-month counter-piracy operation. More »

  • Suspected bomb found under N. Ireland soldier's car Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — British army experts have dismantled a suspected booby-trap bomb hidden underneath an off-duty British soldier's car in Northern Ireland. More »

  • The forgotten history of the Indian soldiers who saved the British Army in World …
    The forgotten history of the Indian soldiers who saved the British Army in World … Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Indian soldiers, who made up a tenth of the Allied forces on the Western Front in 1914, fought with remarkable dedication and yet their important role has been largely forgotten. More »

  • British Army may let women fight from 2016
    British Army may let women fight from 2016 Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Women have moved a step closer to front line fighting in the British army from 2016, following a review of the current ban published Friday. More »

  • Fallon backing women on front line
    Fallon backing women on front line Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said he hopes women will be allowed to serve in British Army infantry and armoured units for the first time. More »

  • Britain could allow women in army close combat role from 2016
    Britain could allow women in army close combat role from 2016 Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain might allow women to fight in close combat roles for the first time from 2016, the defence secretary said on Friday, in a move that would bring the British army into line with some other Western forces. Britain's army currently allows women to serve on the front line, but does not let them join units whose main function is to engage and kill the enemy. The United States, Australia and Canada are among those nations which already have women in close combat roles. ... More »