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Henry Jones

Henry was a defence & security writer at the UK Defence Journal but is now with Storyful. He had a particular focus on recruitment, mental health, and industry news.

Astute boats 4-7 now more than £800m over budget

The Ministry of Defence has revealed that boats 4-7 of the Astute Class submarine are now £838 million over budget. The news came in their annual Finance and Economics Bulletin. 

No change to Op Althea shoulder insignia, contrary to claims on social media

The Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) has confirmed to us that British soldiers in Bosnia have not changed their shoulder insignia, contrary to a wildly shared tweet from the 'Veterans for Britain' group. 

MoD launches new front-line protection programme

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched 'Take Cover!', a programme to find innovative technologies that protect small groups of dismounted troops in the field.

UK trains 500 Somali soldiers

British personnel have now trained over 500 Somali National Army (SNA) officers at the Baidoa training centre in the south west of the country. 

Last minute training for pilots ahead F-35 operations on HMS Queen Elizabeth

Four F-35B pilots are completing final training in the US ahead of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s arrival next month. 

Source: Royal Navy pilot to be first to land on HMS Queen Elizabeth

A source has confirmed that Royal Navy Commander Nathan Gray will be the first to land the F-35B on HMS Queen Elizabeth next month. 

Project director reveals 70% of Type 31e candidate will be British built

Up to 70% of the Project Leander supply chain is British, the project director tells the UK Defence Journal. 

UK forces in Mali declared operational

3 Chinook helicopters from RAF Odiham are now fully operational in Mali, ready to support Operation Barkhane, the French counter-terrorism mission.

New medal for those on HMS Daring during a ‘period of significant threat’

Sailors who served on HMS Daring as she defied a 'missile threat' during a 2016 deployment are to be awarded a new medal clasp, the Royal Navy has announced. 

Multiple cases of negligence contributed to sniper’s death, report finds

An MoD report has concluded that ‘inadequate’ training was the ‘causal factor’ in the death of Lance-Corporal Joe Spencer.