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Henry Jones is a journalist specialising in defence and security. He’s based in London, and so often reports from there. He spends a lot of his time trying to turn mundane MoD press releases into interesting articles.... He can be found on Twitter, and via hthjones@outlook.com.

MoD contribution to international stability highlighted in new report

A new report has highlighted how crucial a role UK military personnel played in several UK programmes in the 2017 financial year. 

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). 

The Type 45 engine problems – it’s not the Royal Navy’s...

The Type 45 destroyer is often regarded as the most advanced guided missile destroyer in the world.

Poll finds just 15% think Armed Forces are well equipped

A poll conducted by ICM Research for the Ministry of Defence has found that just 15% of those surveyed ’strongly agree’ that the UK Armed Forces is well equipped.

UK confirms increase in Afghanistan commitment

The Ministry of Defence have confirmed that they would send an additional 440 troops to Afghanistan, bringing the total number to almost 1,100.

First Sea Lord speaks of ‘exerting national influence’ in speech at...

The First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones, spoke today at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

The state of the Army – a post Land Warfare Conference...

The RUSI Land Warfare Conference 2018, held earlier last week, opened my eyes as to the array of problems across defence.

100 troops deployed to fight fire on Saddleworth Moor

Around 100 soldiers and an RAF Chinook helicopter have been deployed to assist the Manchester Fire & Rescue Service on Saddleworth Moor.

UK to send 440 more troops to Afghanistan

The British Army is likely to send up to 440 more troops to Afghanistan to train the Afghan National Security Forces.