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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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UK and France commit to new defence cooperation

The Defence Secretary has joined the Prime Minister, Chancellor, Foreign Secretary and other members of the Cabinet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for the 2018 UK-France Summit. The two countries are the only European powers with the ability and political will to deploy and sustain significant military force. A number of initiatives have been announced at the Summit to strengthen UK-France cooperation, building on the 2010 Lancaster House Treaties. The measures agreed between the UK and France today will include: President Macron has agreed to further French support to…

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Babcock launches ‘Team 31’ bid for new UK frigate

Babcock today announced it will lead a bespoke team of industry partners in a bid for the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) new £1.25 billion Type 31e general purpose light frigate programme, building on the success of its role within the Aircraft Carrier Alliance. Two of the UK’s leading defence suppliers – Babcock and Thales – have joined forces with BMT, Harland & Wolff and Ferguson Marine to form ‘Team 31’ to deliver world-class ships that will drive economic benefits throughout the UK. The highly experienced team will seek to…

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