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Henry Jones

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.

Armed Forces need 8,200 more personnel in ‘largest shortfall in many...

A devastating new report has highlighted skill shortages in 102 critical areas across the armed forces. Commanders have reportedly had to cancel leave as a result in an effort to maintain operations. 

RFA Mounts Bay on standby as Tropical Storm Isaac grows

RFA Mounts Bay is pre-positioned and ready to respond as Tropical Storm Issac grows. It is likely to be upgraded to a hurricane in the coming hours. 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.