CATAMARAN 2018: demonstration of Franco-British amphibious capabilities

Google Translation On June 7, 2018, on the beach of Quiberon Fort-Neuf, the Franco-British joint force carried out a demonstration of its Amphibious know-how as part of the operational training Catamaran 18. In a complex environment that requires precise coordination of all its elements, the force has demonstrated the ability to implement an international and joint component. At the heart of this day, the Task Group was able to highlight the complementarity of its operational capabilities, adapted to current strategic challenges and tactical requirements, in a dynamic demonstration on the…

Read More

BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 2

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 kicked off with participating nations attending a pre-sail conference at Hotel Amberton Klaipeda on June 1. BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise scheduled for June 1-15, 2018. It is designed to improve training value for participants enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces so as to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability. Participating nations in BALTOPS include Belgium, Denmark, Finland,…

Read More

US Navy Announces 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the…

Read More

Australian Defence Force trained with partners at Exercise Bersama Shield 2018

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has taken to the sea and skies of Malaysia and Singapore to enhance interoperability and strengthen the professional relationships of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) nations. Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom participated in the bi-annual Exercise Bersama Shield 18, focusing on the conduct of a combined joint maritime, land and air operations in a multi-threat environment. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said the ADF’s ongoing support to Exercise Bersama Shield 18 is another example of Australia’s commitment to regional…

Read More

US ASW Exercise Begins in Norwegian Sea

Naval forces from Europe and North America gathered in Bodo, Norway, May 9, 2018, to participate in the pre-sail conference for an upcoming multi-lateral anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise in the Norwegian Sea. The exercise, led by the U.S., is designed to enhance interoperability and tactical proficiencies of ASW forces from Canada, France, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. “This exercise is a key opportunity for U.S. and allied partners to practice ASW skills in a tactically challenging environment,” said Capt. Roger E. Meyer, commander, Task Force 69, the…

Read More

Royal Navy gets first unmanned minesweeping system

An autonomous minesweeper system that can safely clear sea lanes of mines has been handed over to the Royal Navy, Defence Minister Guto Bebb announced. Following a period of successful trials the demonstrator system could go on to be used by the Royal Navy in the future to defeat the threat of modern digital mines. The system has been designed and manufactured by Atlas Elektronik UK in Dorset, under a £13 million contract with the Ministry of Defence which has sustained around 20 jobs and created 15 new jobs with…

Read More

UK and Norway defence ministers plan sub hunting cooperation

The UK and Norway advanced their plans for international Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) co-operation in the North Atlantic, as the nations’ defence ministers flew in an American P-8A Poseidon from RAF Lossiemouth today. Defence Minister Guto Bebb hosted Secretary Tone Skogen, State Secretary in Norway’s Ministry of Defence, on her visit aboard a US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft – equipment which both the UK and Norway will soon own themselves. The allies ramped up discussions around how the nations will work together and might deploy their submarine-hunting aircraft fleet in…

Read More

UK and India commit to closer military ties

Both nations benefit from vibrant digital economies and will design, create and manufacture technologies that will help protect citizens and businesses against malicious cyber attacks. The agreement will enable collaboration on internet governance, promoting international cyber stability, tackling online crime and developing cyber security sectors. Minister for Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, said, “Defence and security are at the center of our friendship with India. By working together to combat terrorism, tackle cyber threats, and build regional security, we are keeping both our countries safe.” Discussions have also been held on…

Read More

Mattis, Dunford Detail Attacks on Syrian Chemical Arsenal

By Jim Garamone U.S., British and French air and naval forces launched attacks against the Syrian government’s chemical weapon arsenal in retaliation for the use of such weapons on civilians, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Pentagon news conference tonight. “As the world knows, the Syrian people have suffered terribly under the prolonged brutality of the Assad regime,” the secretary said. “On April 7, the regime decided to again defy the norms of civilized…

Read More

FOI responses published by MOD: week commencing 09 April 2018

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Freedom of Information (FOI) responses published during the week commencing 09 April 2018 Published 12 April 2018 Documents Information on suppliers for military clothing and equipment trialled in PECOC programme Ref: DE&S 2018/03829PDF, 57.4KB, 2 pages Breakdown of hate crimes from 2008 to 2017 Ref: MDP 2018/03937PDF, 328KB, 4 pages Number of FOIs answered by MOD Police with named exemptions from 1 January 2014 to 16 March 2018 Ref: MDP 2018/03933PDF, 262KB, 3 pages Number of behavior incidents in MOD Police since The Code of Ethics published in July 2014 Ref: MDP 2018/04117PDF, 150KB, 2 pages Costs of UK…

Read More

Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior

On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to three people, including a police officer. In response to this outrageous violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and breach of international law, today the United States will expel 48 Russian officials serving at Russia’s bilateral mission to the United States. We will also require the Russian government to close…

Read More

UK agrees sale of HMS Ocean to Brazil

The MOD has agreed to sell HMS Ocean to the Government of Brazil after 20 years of service. Sold to the Brazilian Navy for around £84M, the profit generated from the sale will be reinvested in defence at a time when the Royal Navy is being strengthened with two types of brand new frigates and two huge aircraft carriers. HMS Queen Elizabeth, which will eventually take on the role as the nation’s new flagship, recently set sail from the port of Gibraltar carrying two Chinooks and four Merlin helicopters as…

Read More

FOI responses published by MOD: week commencing 12 February 2018

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Freedom of Information (FOI) responses published during the week commencing 12 February 2018 Documents Information on telephone and network contracts for United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Ref: UKHO 2017/13696PDF, 89.9KB, 4 pages Information on software used by media and communication teams in United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Ref: UKHO 2017/13750PDF, 105KB, 2 pages Information on mobile phone contracts for United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Ref: UKHO 2018/00505PDF, 84.8KB, 3 pages RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) scrambles from 2013 to 2017 Ref: RAF 2018/00105PDF, 97.1KB, 3 pages Number of sexual harassment allegations against British Army from 2012 to 2017 Ref: Army 2017/13528PDF, 214KB, 4 pages Information…

Read More