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  • PM Sends Navy Ship To Tackle Migrant Crisis
    PM Sends Navy Ship To Tackle Migrant Crisis Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Britain is to send one of the largest ships in the Royal Navy to help deal with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. David Cameron said HMS Bulwark will be deployed along with three helicopters and two border patrol vessels as part of a European operation. The Prime Minister spoke as he arrived at emergency talks in Brussels, where an EU-wide deal has been agreed to "strengthen" the presence at sea to disrupt traffickers and to triple funding for search-and-rescue operations. The move comes amid rising public outrage over the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean after up to 900 people were killed when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. More »

  • Four UK Sailors On 'Sex Attack' Charges Bailed
    Four UK Sailors On 'Sex Attack' Charges Bailed Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Four Royal Navy sailors charged with an alleged sex attack on a civilian woman in Canada have been released on bail. Craig Stoner, 24, Darren Smalley, 35, Joshua Finbow, 23, and Simon Radford, 31, are each accused of one count of sexual assault. The assault allegedly took place last week at a drinking party at the Shearwater military barracks in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Associated Press described the alleged incident as a "group sexual assault". More »

  • Navy should aid refugees - Farage
    Navy should aid refugees - Farage Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    The Royal Navy should be sent to the Mediterranean to help following the latest migrant boat tragedy, Nigel Farage has said. More »

  • Prince Harry flies a Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter in Australia
    Prince Harry flies a Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter in Australia Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Prince Harry, or, Captain Wales, as he is known in the British Army, spent the first couple of weeks of his month long secondment with the Australian Defence Force at the 1st Brigade in the Northern Territory. Part of his program included flying a Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH). The prince had to take flight simulation training before flying with the 1st Aviation Regiment from Robertson Barracks near Darwin, officials said. He will be attending the 100th anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landing at Gallipoli on 25th of April and then return to Australia to spend time in Sydney and Perth with the army. More »

  • Harry Makes Most Of Australia Army Attachment
    Harry Makes Most Of Australia Army Attachment Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    The Australian Army has released new pictures of Prince Harry on his training attachment with its forces in Darwin. Earlier this week he joined a wheelchair version of Australian Football League with some of the army's wounded, injured and ill service people from the Soldier Recovery Centre and the 1st Brigade. Harry, who is a captain in the British Army, was also trained in bush survival, with lessons including how to source food and water. More »

  • Four Royal Navy Sailors Charged Over 'Sex Attack'
    Four Royal Navy Sailors Charged Over 'Sex Attack' Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Four British sailors have been charged with an alleged sex attack on a civilian woman in Canada, military police have said. Craig Stoner, 24, Darren Smalley, 35, Joshua Finbow, 23, and Simon Radford, 31, are each accused of one count of sexual assault, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) said. A spokesman for the CFNIS, an arm of the Canadian military police, said: "This is a disturbing accusation of sexual assault. More »

  • My, my! Many Britons ignorant about Battle of Waterloo
    My, my! Many Britons ignorant about Battle of Waterloo Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    As Britain prepares to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a survey shows that many Britons know little about the fight and associate the name with an ABBA song or a London railway station. The National Army Museum survey revealed that more than a quarter of the people surveyed - 28 percent - had no idea who won the battle and 14 percent believed the French were victorious over the British and their Prussian allies. Just over half - 53 percent - correctly knew that the Duke of Wellington had led the British army against Napoleon's French forces. Participants who did not know put forward the names of Francis Drake, Winston Churchill, King Arthur and even Harry Potter wizard Albus Dumbledore as the possible commander. More »

  • Navy four face sex assault charge
    Navy four face sex assault charge Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Four members of the Royal Navy have been charged with sexual assault. More »

  • Russian Submarine Blamed For Snagging Trawler
    Russian Submarine Blamed For Snagging Trawler Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    A fishing trawler that was dragged backwards off the coast of Northern Ireland may have caught a Russian submarine in a net, fishermen have said. Skipper Paul Murphy told Down News he was almost knocked off his feet when the trawler lurched backwards. The Ministry of Defence refused to comment on whether there were manouevres in the area, about 18 miles from Ardglass, but a fishermen's group said Royal Navy vessels were meant to stop and check on the crew of the other vessel in such a collision. "It is possible that it was a Russian submarine," Dick James, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Fish Producers' Organisation, said. More »

  • Book Talk: Nefarious corporation, South London rave scene collide in 'G … Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Since his 2010 debut, novelist Ned Beauman has established a reputation for clever plots replete with memorable characters, vivid prose and odd medical conditions. His third novel, "Glow," follows Raf, a young Londoner with a rare sleep disorder who loves raves and pirate radio. Beauman, 29, a London native, spoke with Reuters about “Glow.” Q: How did this story come about? A: I was thinking about what I was interested in that hadn’t been covered very widely, and one of those things was pirate radio in London, and the other thing was corporate imperialism of the kind that I’d read about in “The Shock Doctrine” by Naomi Klein. More »

  • RAF Sends Jets As Russia Planes Near UK Airspace
    RAF Sends Jets As Russia Planes Near UK Airspace Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    RAF Typhoon jets have been scrambled after Russian military planes were identified flying close to UK airspace. The Ministry of Defence revealed the news hours after it emerged warships from Russia's Northern Fleet entered the English Channel ahead of planned anti-aircraft and anti-submarine drills. Interfax news agency reported the vessels were due to carry out the military exercises in the north Atlantic, but HMS Argyll was deployed to monitor the destroyer and Typhoons were sent from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. In a statement on the latest incident, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighter aircraft were launched today after Russian aircraft were identified flying close to UK airspace. More »

  • Britain says scrambles Typhoon jets to see off Russian bombers Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Britain has scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to intercept two Russian long-range bombers near UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday. In January, Britain summoned the Russian ambassador to explain a similar episode, when Russian bombers flew over the English Channel, forcing British authorities to reroute civil aircraft. "The Russian aircraft are being escorted by the RAF (Royal Air Force) in the UK area of interest," a Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said. More »

  • Russian Navy Enters Channel On Way To Exercises
    Russian Navy Enters Channel On Way To Exercises Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Warships from Russia's Northern Fleet have entered the English Channel ahead of planned anti-aircraft and anti-submarine drills. The vessels are due to carry out the military exercises in the north Atlantic, according to the Interfax news agency. The Ministry of Defence confirmed the Royal Navy's HMS Argyll is monitoring the three Russian ships as they travel through the Channel. While it is not unusual for Russian warships to travel through the Channel, the incident comes at a time of heightened tensions over Russia's military activities. More »

  • Conservatives pledge to protect armed forces from human rights claims
    Conservatives pledge to protect armed forces from human rights claims Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Conservative Defence Secretary Michael Fallon pledged to protect British armed forces serving overseas from human rights claims on Friday, in a speech outlining the policies his party would pursue if it wins a May 7 election. "The next Conservative government will ensure that our armed forces serving overseas are not subject to persistent human rights claims that could undermine their ability to do their job," Fallon said. He said the lodging of legal claims over recent years had been conducted on an industrial scale, and was costing taxpayers millions of pounds while undermining the effectiveness of British forces overseas. "This is not about putting our armed forces above the law, the law on armed conflict based on the Geneva conventions will still apply," he said. More »

  • Prince Harry 'not on traditional royal tour' as Captain Wales joins …
    Prince Harry 'not on traditional royal tour' as Captain Wales joins … Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    The Commanding Officer of Darwin's 1st Brigade told reporters that the UK's Prince Harry was "not on a traditional royal tour", as the Prince started his month-long secondment with the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is referred to in the British Army, started his secondment with the ADF with the 1st Brigade in Darwin on 6 April, after arriving in Canberra and flying to Darwin later that day to report for duty at Robertson Barracks. More »

  • 'Traitor Snowden put us in danger'
    'Traitor Snowden put us in danger' Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    A former head of the Royal Navy has branded Edward Snowden a "traitor" and "irresponsible" after the US whistleblower declined to reveal if he had read every document he leaked to the press. More »

  • Bloodhound SSC: 1,000mph car built to inspire the next generation of British …
    Bloodhound SSC: 1,000mph car built to inspire the next generation of British … Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Those two men were Richard Noble, an entrepreneur and former land speed record holder, and Andy Green, an RAF fighter pilot and current holder of the land speed record. It would be easy to view Wing Commander Green and Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car) through the same rose-tinted glasses which made the nation proud of Malcolm and Donald Campbell and their Bluebird land speed record cars of the 1930s and 1960s. More »

  • Harry To Train With Australian Special Forces
    Harry To Train With Australian Special Forces Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Prince Harry is preparing to spend time in Australia where he will train with the country's special forces and Aboriginal soldiers. Harry, a British Army captain, is due to begin his four weeks with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) next week. During his time in the country the Prince will spend time in Perth, where he will train with the Special Air Service and in Darwin, where he will work with members of Norforce, the mostly indigenous unit that patrols northern Australia. His spokesman said: "Prince Harry is tremendously looking forward to starting his four week attachment with the ADF. More »

  • William Set To Train As Air Ambulance Pilot
    William Set To Train As Air Ambulance Pilot Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Prince William has started work with the company operating the East Anglian Air Ambulance - and will fly rescue missions this summer. William, a former RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot, has begun work at Bond Air Services, which runs air ambulance operations in the UK. Kensington Palace said in a short statement: "The Duke of Cambridge has today started work as an employee of Bond Air Services. "Over the coming months he will undertake job-specific training before he begins piloting missions for East Anglian Air Ambulance during the summer. More »

  • Saudi navy evacuates diplomats from Yemen's Aden - Saudi TV
    Saudi navy evacuates diplomats from Yemen's Aden - Saudi TV Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's navy evacuated dozens of foreign diplomats from the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, state television reported on Saturday. "The Saudi Royal Navy implemented an operation called Hurricane to evacuate dozens of diplomats, including Saudis, from Aden," a news ticker on the state news broadcaster Al Ekhbariya TV said. It added that the diplomats had arrived safely at Saudi Arabia's Red Sea port of Jeddah. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait relocated their embassies to Aden last month after Houthi forces overran Sanaa. ... More »

  • UK nurse cured of Ebola after receiving new treatment
    UK nurse cured of Ebola after receiving new treatment Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    A British army reservist who contracted Ebola while working as a volunteer nurse in Sierra Leone has fully recovered after becoming the first patient in the world to receive an experimental new treatment. More »

  • 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 »