The Type 45 engine problems – it’s not the Royal Navy’s fault

Originally published at the UK Defence Journal. Link here.  The Type 45 destroyer is often regarded as the most advanced guided missile destroyer in the world. ‘To operate safely at sea, the Royal Navy must protect its ships from attacks from the air’ National Audit Office, March 2009 Indeed, during an ‘intensive attack’, a single Type 45 could simultaneously track, engage, and destroy more targets … Continue reading The Type 45 engine problems – it’s not the Royal Navy’s fault

Poll finds just 15% think Armed Forces are well equipped

Originally published at the UK Defence Journal. Link here.  A poll conducted by ICM Research for the Ministry of Defence has found that just 15% of those surveyed ’strongly agree’ that the UK Armed Forces is well equipped. ICM interviewed ‘a representative sample’ of over 1,000 British adults between June and July last year. Respondents were asked how far they agree with the statement ‘The UK … Continue reading Poll finds just 15% think Armed Forces are well equipped

UK confirms increase in Afghanistan commitment

Originally published at the UK Defence Journal. Link here.  The Ministry of Defence have confirmed that they would send an additional 440 troops to Afghanistan, bringing the total number to almost 1,100. #UK to deploy additional 440 mentors to @NATO's @ResoluteSupport in #Afghanistan to bolster the UK’s existing 650 troop contribution who help mentor, strengthen and build the capacity of the #ANDSF. Read more: https://t.co/4FROuS45PkContinue reading UK confirms increase in Afghanistan commitment

100 troops deployed to fight fire on Saddleworth Moor

Originally published at the UK Defence Journal. Link here.  Around 100 soldiers and an RAF Chinook helicopter have been deployed to assist the Manchester Fire & Rescue Service on Saddleworth Moor. The soldiers, from 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, will deploy from their barracks in Catterick, and will operate out of a nearby Army Training Centre. The RAF Chinook will arrive later today from RAF Odiham in … Continue reading 100 troops deployed to fight fire on Saddleworth Moor

UK to send 440 more troops to Afghanistan

Originally published at the UK Defence Journal. Link here.  The British Army is likely to send up to 440 more troops to Afghanistan to train the Afghan National Security Forces.  1. Whispers tonight National Security Council to discuss increasing number of UK troops in Afhganistan tomorrrow, with govt likely to send another 440 to help train Afghan forces — Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) June 25, 2018 She … Continue reading UK to send 440 more troops to Afghanistan

Nia Griffith discusses Labour’s defence policies at RUSI

Originally published at the UK Defence Journal. Link here.  Nia Griffith, the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, spoke today at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in Whitehall. In a 26 minute speech, she outlined the changes Labour would make to how defence is operated, as well as a more general look at the UK’s place in the world. Threats She began by outlining … Continue reading Nia Griffith discusses Labour’s defence policies at RUSI