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Clyde Naval Base hosts US Navy visit

HM Naval Base Clyde hosted United States Navy Admiral James G. Foggo on Wednesday, say the Ministry of Defence.

HMS Queen Elizabeth to sail to the United States for F-35 trials

Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to sail to the United States any day now for a series of trials with F-35 jets.

NATO’s Two Percent and Burden Sharing

The debate over burden sharing within NATO is about as old as the alliance itself.

Coalition strikes continue to his Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq

Coalition aircraft continued to strike Islamic State in designated parts of Syria and Iraq last week.

US Air Force Light Attack Aircraft draft request down to two contenders

The US Air Force shared a draft request for proposal for the Light Attack Aircraft with Sierra Nevada/Embraer and Textron Aviation following the conclusion of the second phase of the Light Attack Experiment.

US DoD prohibits GPS-enabled devices in deployed settings

Deployed US service members are going to have to ditch their "geolocation devices" in response to a new memo from Deputy US Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan.

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German air force only has four active combat ready Typhoon jets

According to local media, the German air force only has four combat-ready Typhoon jets out of 128.

Three Royal Air Force Chinooks arrive in Mali

3 Chinook helicopters have arrived in West Africa to support the French counter-terrorism operation in Mali.  They’ll operate alongside 90 British troops already in the region, and will provide logistical and troop movement support. “The UK and France have a unique security and defence relationship that has lasted for more than a century and this deployment demonstrates our shared commitment to tackling terrorism, instability and reducing threats to European security” Mark Lancaster, Armed Forces Minister The UK has consistently supported UN and EU military operations in Mali in recent years. The intention is to prevent extremists of any nature from operating in the anarchic Sahel region, and in particular to prevent them planning attacks on Europe. The area is also a haven for the illegal trade in people, drugs, weapons and wildlife, and the operation aims to counter this. The move was first agreed back in January when Prime Minister Theresa May met with French President Emmanuel Macron. Whitehall sources said the UK had offered the Chinook to make up for shortfalls in French helicopter numbers. Indeed, several RAF C-17 helped transport French armoured vehicles to Mali in 2013 when the French first began their military campaign against Islamist rebels.

UK reaffirms support for East African stability

Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster recently visited Uganda, and pledged that the UK will continue to support the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). 

Lockheed Martin Wins $450m contract for Littoral Combat Ship variant for Saudi Arabia

Lockheed Martin has won $450 million contract for long-lead-time material and detail design in support of the construction of four Multi Mission Surface Combatant ships.

British Government launches new hurricane plan for the Caribbean

The Foreign Office has announced a series of new measures that will be taken to prepare the British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean for the imminent hurricane season.

New Zealand becomes latest nation to order P-8A Poseidon

The Royal New Zealand Air Force will soon join their British and Australian counterparts in operating the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft after the New Zealand government confirmed an order for four aircraft to replace their ageing P-3 Orion fleet.

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