UK has spent £3.2 billion (US$ 4.5 billion) on noisy tanks that can’t shoot while moving, according to a Time report. The news comes after critics called on the government to upgrade its “deplorable” armored fleet.
Two former British military leaders have challenged ministers over the current state of the Royal Navy, highlighting potentially fatal flaws in the Type 45 destroyers, reports the UK Forces Network.
Falklands veteran forced out of the Royal Navy due to his sexuality has had a medal returned to him 27 years after it was cut off his chest. Joe Ousalice was a radio operator for 18 years but was discharged in 1993 because of a ban on LGBT people serving in the armed forces.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the start of Operation Banner in Northern Ireland, commemorations were held on Wednesday at the Arboretum in Staffordshire. Op Banner lasted almost 38 years between 14 August 1969 and 31 Jul 2007 - more than 300,000 members of the UK Armed Forces were deployed in this time. Some 1,441 serving personnel died on deployment or in related paramilitary acts.
UK/Dutch VolkerStevin was contracted for the of upgrading Mare Harbour in the Falkland Islands, a job which was completed six weeks ahead of schedule and within budget. The improvements to the roll on roll off jetty were part of a £19m contract with VolkerStevin for design and construction.
Serco Group PLC said on Thursday it has settled with the UK Ministry of Defense after it initially took legal action against the government department for awarding a fire and rescue services contract to Capita PLC.
Penny Mordaunt has become the UK's first female defense secretary after Gavin Williamson was sacked. She was previously international development secretary, in charge of a multi-billion pound annual budget. With a background as a naval reservist, and having served as an armed forces minister under David Cameron, Ms Mordaunt seems well prepared for the role.´
The proposed second airline service between the Falklands and South America with a once a month stopover in Argentina, drew both strongly voiced concerns and praise at a public meeting held on Wednesday evening in Stanley. Worried citizens suggested Argentina might manipulate Islanders by threatening to interrupt the link to Sao Paulo, Brazil in the longer term.
The Falkland Islands are under “continuous” threat from Argentina but is very capable of being able to defend itself, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Mark Pollard told Darren Hunt from the Express at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham.
The Falkland Islands government and the Ministry of Defense have agreed to address the challenge of rotor winds, which have become a serious problem for the operations at the Mount Pleasant Complex.