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The Ministry of Defence has announced a third round of Army redundancies. Up to 5,300 job losses were outlined by the government. These are part of cuts already announced to reduce Army numbers from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2017. Defence minister Mark Francois said the MoD would ensure it retained the capabilities the Armed Forces required "in order to meet the challenges of the future". The overall aim is to help plug a £38bn hole in the defence budget. Labour has...
Posted on Tuesday Jan 22

Nine out of 10 large firms were victims of a cyber attack last year, with each security breach costing up to £250,000, figures showed. Industry “suffers at the hands of such threats” with internet-related business in the UK estimated to be worth £82 billion a year, Mr Maude said. The government hopes to bolster the UK’s expertise and take advantage of the market to export its knowledge around the world, senior government officials said. The Ministry o...
Posted on Tuesday Dec 4

Kim (33), from Preston, serves with the Royal Logistic Corps in Camp Bastion. He is currently responsible for the management and administration of almost one thousand locally employed Afghans. Kim joined the TA in 1997 and commissioned in 2002. Earlier this year he volunteered to support the military contribution to the Olympics. He said: “I was heavily involved in the transport and movement planning for military personnel involved in the Olympics security operation. All in all ...
Posted on Monday Dec 3

Yeovil-born Stanning and Glover historically won Britain’s first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics, dominating the coxless pairs final in front of a crowd of 26,000 at Eton Dorney. They comfortably beat the pairs from Australia and New Zealand in 7:27.13 minutes and made further history by becoming the first female British rowers to win Olympic gold. But soon after Stanning had taken the plaudits, she was back in Army uniform as the captain of the 32 Regiment Royal Artiller...
Posted on Friday Nov 30

Capt Walter Barrie was playing in a match between British soldiers and members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) at their base in Helmand province when he was shot at close range. The 41-year-old, from Glasgow, was described as a "great man" by his wife. His funeral will be held in Penicuik, Midlothian. Mourners will gather for a service at Glencorse Kirk, which will be followed by a private burial. His wife Sonia said Capt Barrie had been a "doting and amazing ...
Posted on Thursday Nov 29

The value of the award is approximately $73.6 million, or £46 million. The work will be performed in the United Kingdom by General Dynamics Land Systems – Force Protection Europe. This award takes the total fleet of Foxhound awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems-Force Protection Europe to 376 vehicles. The Foxhound provides vital mine and blast protection in a lighter-weight tactical 4×4 vehicle that has been designed for use in urban environments. The Foxhound was deploy...
Posted on Wednesday Nov 28

David Cameron is expected to rule on the scale and scope of the British military withdrawal from Afghanistan over the next two years when he chairs a meeting on Tuesday of the national security council. A series of plans will be presented by the chief of the defence staff, General Sir David Richards, and the prime minister will agree in principle the favoured timetable, which will also determine how many British personnel remain in Afghanistan after 2014. One scenario with widespread ...
Posted on Tuesday Nov 27

Soldiers based at an army barracks in Wiltshire have received operational medals after serving in Afghanistan. The soldiers from Four Close Support Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers have recently returned from a six-month tour. The medals were awarded at Jellalabad Barracks in Tidworth for the role they played in Operation Herrick. During their deployment, a soldier attached to the battalion died at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province. Sgt Jonathan Eric Kups, w...
Posted on Monday Nov 26

“We are about 46 percent finished with construction on this 14.3 mile road,” said Robert Greco, the project manager. “But already travelers are saving about 30 minutes of time by using the portions we have completed.” Construction on the two-lane road began in April 2012 and is scheduled for completion by June 2013. In addition to the 23-foot-wide paved roadway, there will be five-foot-wide gravel shoulders on each side and about 18 culverts to reduce the risk of ...
Posted on Monday Nov 26

Soldiers from Two Four Engineer Regiment have finished building a bridge across the Nahr-e-Burgha Canal. It's now the biggest in Helmand at over 4 metres wide and 45 metres long. Until now locals had been forced to use a narrow tunnel to move around with their cattle. The engineers worked in their body armour in temperatures reaching 130 Degrees Fahrenheit, whilst being guarded by Afghan soldiers  
Posted on Monday Nov 26

The report, seen by Channel 4 News, said the service was “frequently unlawful” in its handling of complaints and internal sanctions proceedings. It added that the Ministry of Defence had ignored the lessons of Deepcut - the Surrey barracks where four recruits died amid claims of a culture of bullying. The report has been produced by an unnamed serving Army officer for the Defence Select Committee as evidence for its investigation into how the service handles complaints and...
Posted on Thursday Nov 22

Race2Recovery, a team of veterans, face more than 4,000km of broken Tarmac and sand dunes during the 18-day Dakar Rally in South America. The soldiers will race for 16 hoursplus a day in a £130,000 custom-built QT Wildcat off-roader, based on a Land Rover Defender. Each year, only 40 per cent of the hardened competitors manage to complete the gruelling event. Corporal Tom Neathway, 28, who lost both legs and an arm in a Taliban booby trap in Afghanistan in 2009, will act as na...
Posted on Wednesday Nov 21

Early on a golden summer morning, the next generation of Britain’s Army officers are plunging waist-high into a stream that marks the border between Surrey and Berkshire. Just like previous officer cadets who have attended Sandhurst over the past two centuries, nine platoons are competing in the annual 'log race’ – taking it in turns to carry a massive log and an ammunition box over several hundred agonising yards of the Royal Military Academy’s grounds. No...
Posted on Tuesday Nov 20

The military medical staff carry out the drills on pigs which are shot and then operated on at a course provided in Nato's training facilities in Jaegerspris, Denmark. Formerly known as Operation Danish Bacon, the practice has been described by animal rights groups as "impossible to justify medically, ethically and educationally". An MoD spokeswoman said: "This training provides invaluable experience, exposing our surgical teams to the specific challenges posed by...
Posted on Monday Nov 19

The former Liberal Democrat leader urged British troops to "get out" of Afghanistan as soon as possible, to avoid "wasting" any more lives. He said: "The only outcome of staying longer is more deaths for no purpose; most of them now caused not by the enemy in front of our troops, but by the enemy among them." Writing in The Times he cited the statistic that so far this year 61 coalition soldiers have been killed by members of the Afghan National Army or P...
Posted on Friday Nov 16

General Sir David Richards said he was worried that the Royal Navy did not have enough warships to fulfil its orders properly, and warned that cuts in the number of officers would reduce Britain’s world influence. In a public lecture, Sir David said that ministers had cut the Armed Forces’ numbers and resources without reducing their demands for operations. “We have a whole load of tasks expected of us. Our political masters are quite happy to reduce the size of the Arme...
Posted on Thursday Nov 15

US army prosecutors have asked for a death penalty court martial for an American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a predawn rampage, saying that Staff Sergeant Robert Bales committed "heinous and despicable crimes". Prosecutors made their closing arguments after a week of testimony in the preliminary hearing. They say Bales, 39, slipped away from his remote base at Camp Belambay in southern Afghanistan to attack two villages early on 11 March. Among the dead wer...
Posted on Wednesday Nov 14

Captain Walter Barrie, from Glasgow, was playing in a football match on Sunday when he was shot in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province. The 41-year-old served with The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. He had been mentoring members of the Afghan National Army (ANA). His wife Sonia said: "Captain Walter Barrie was a great man, a doting and amazing father and a fantastic husband. He was much loved and will be missed by many. "T...
Posted on Tuesday Nov 13

The soldier, from The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed in a "green on blue" attack while in Patrol Base Shawqat, in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province. The gunman was wearing an Afghan army uniform. The soldier's next of kin has been informed, the Ministry of Defence said. The death brings the number of British servicemen killed by Afghan soldiers or police to 12 this year, compared to just one in 2011, three in 2010...
Posted on Monday Nov 12

The soldier in charge of UK’s armed forces, General Sir David Richards, said plans were being drawn up in case conditions on the ground worsened in winter. But the Chief of the Defence Staff indicated any intervention would be limited. And it would need the support of Syrians in the areas where help was being provided. Nevertheless, such a move would be seen as a potential step towards a full-scale military intervention, bringing British forces directly into conflict wit...
Posted on Monday Nov 12

The international development select committee (IDC) is today questioning Andrew Mitchell on his controversial decision to disburse £8m of UK budget support to the government of Rwanda, in his final hours as international development secretary and just six weeks after deciding to withhold this support, following allegations of Rwandan military backing for the M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Human Rights Watch has documented egregious and systematic human r...
Posted on Friday Nov 9

Aaron Day closed his tear-filled eyes and drew a deep intake of breath before he helped his sister, Corporal Channing Day on her final journey. Hundreds had lined the streets of Comber - a small town in the lush rolling hills of Co Down a world away from the dust and danger of the desert warzone where the 25-year-old soldier lost her life. Cpl Day was the third British servicewoman to be killed in Afghanistan since military operations began in 2001. Earlier, her sister Lauren had ...
Posted on Friday Nov 9

Captain James Fidell, 29, endured extreme heat in a space so tight he could not even wear his bomb suit, helmet or body armour to make a 110lb bomb safe. If it had exploded, it would not only have killed him but destroyed the road above; with severe consequences for local people. Captain Fidell, who safely secured the device after eight hours work while on operation in August last year, collected his medal from Buckingham Palace yesterday (weds). The Royal Logistics Corps servicem...
Posted on Thursday Nov 8

The tightly-laced leather boots emerging from the Flanders mud are the giveaway that the body being carefully unearthed by archaeologists in front of me is that of an Allied soldier, killed in World War I. This is Messines in Belgium and the New Zealand soldier, identified from his metal shoulder tags, almost certainly died while attacking the town early on 7 June 1917. What I don't anticipate is the arrival of Belgian police who announce that if either my colleague or I photograp...
Posted on Thursday Nov 8

Thousands of former soldiers, including those who have just been made redundant, are to be targeted to join the Territorial Army (TA) as part of controversial plans to reduce the size of the UK's full-time force in favour of the reserves, the government will announce on Thursday. Ministers are also considering giving kitemarks to reward "patriotic" companies that employ reservists and make it easy for them to be deployed, a green paper will say. The proposals are all par...
Posted on Thursday Nov 8

The brand new £16.9 million complex has been funded by the Ministry of Defence. It includes a specially designed flat where patients can again learn to live independently, as well as a state-of-the-art therapy building and departments for prosthetics and radiology. There is also an open plan gym. The Prince of Wales spoke of the number of British service personnel being wounded in Afghanistan "on a daily basis", saying the number of troops being injured is "asto...
Posted on Wednesday Nov 7

Foreign Secretary William Hague will announce the effort later on Wednesday, the same day Prime Minister David Cameron will meet Syrian refugees in Jordan, the prime minister's office said. An aide to Cameron said the move was intended to help unite the opposition and also was an acknowledgement that a protracted conflict had taken hold in Syria. However, British officials will not be giving military guidance. "He (Hague) has authorised diplomats to have direct contact with m...
Posted on Wednesday Nov 7

A British soldier killed in Cyprus was targeted by a gang of thugs high on drugs and carrying flick-knives who had a ‘score to settle’, a court heard yesterday. Private David Lee Collins, 18, was allegedly stabbed through the heart by Mohamed Abdulkadir Osman when the pair met in a nightclub following an earlier row sparked by North-South rivalry. The fight between the trio and the soldier had begun earlier in the day when Private Collins, from Manchester, taunted Londone...
Posted on Tuesday Nov 6

Soldiers from the 1st Battalian the Royal Anglians (The Vikings) are parading through the streets of Suffolk’s county town with their banners held high. The march began at 12.30pm today. Crowds, families and friends have lined the streets to honour and pay tribute to the servicemen and women who have just completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Beginning at Westgate Street, the parade is making its progress through the town centre along Tavern Street, Upper Brook Street, an...
Posted on Tuesday Nov 6

What was becoming an event confined to the older generation with memories of the Second World War is now engaging the whole country, particularly the younger generation who are the same age as the men and women on active service in places like Afghanistan. Last week in London there were queues of young people buying poppies to help raise £1million in 24 hours for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. The money will go towards caring for service personnel and their families,...
Posted on Monday Nov 5

Every year the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) is overwhelmed by the generosity of the public who send individuals, and groups, boxes of treats in operational theatres. But while this kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated, it unintentionally causes a delay in personnel receiving the mail that counts the most - that from friends and family. As the volume of post builds up in the run-up to Christmas, management and staff at British Forces Post Office (London), based at RAF Northo...
Posted on Monday Nov 5

RAF Police Corporal Alastair Howden was carrying out his routine security checks on an incoming Royal Air Force flight when he found himself face-to-face with his father, Flight Sergeant John Howden, who was passing through on business. The reunion was an emotional one as the pair hadn't seen each other since April as they both deployed on operational tours in May; Cpl Howden on Operation HERRICK in Kabul and Flt Sgt Howden on Operation KIPION as part of 901 Expeditionary Air Wing. ...
Posted on Monday Nov 5

The Ministry of Defence have released a statement saying "Mother and baby are both in a stable condition," following the birth on Tuesday in Camp Bastion, Helmand province. The woman, a Royal Artillery gunner who has not been named by the MoD, only learned she was about to give birth after complaining of stomach pains. The child was conceived before she arrived in Afghanistan in March. The baby was born five weeks prematurely. In a statement, the MoD said: "It is not ...
Posted on Tuesday Apr 17

Sir Gerald Howarth said he would like to see axed defence programmes revived when economic circumstances allowed. He also contrasted the 7% cut in defence with the rise in financial support for international development. "I have yet to meet a Conservative who thinks we should be spending more money on overseas aid," he has told the BBC. Sir Gerald lost his job at the Ministry of Defence in Mr Cameron's government reshuffle last week, after which he was nominated for a knigh...
Posted on Tuesday Apr 17
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