HMS Queen Elizabeth comes to life as first engine started

HMS Queen Elizabeth’s diesel generators have been powered-up, bringing the supercarrier to life for the first time. Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Philip Dunne, has officially started the first of the ship’s four diesel generators in Rosyth today bringing the ship to life. "It is a real pleasure to be back in Scotland, home of the UK’s shipbuilding industry, to...

UK increases contribution to new NATO task force

Michael Fallon has announced that the UK will contribute 3,000 personnel to the 'Very High Readiness Joint Task Force' (VJTF) from 2016. The origins of this new task force  is an agreement reached at the Wales Summit in 2014, NATO Allies agreed to enhance the capabilities of the NATO Response Force in order to respond to emerging security challenges posed by...

Fallon announces Defence Review for late 2015

The defence secretary has given a date for delivery of a new strategic defence and security review (SDSR) that will dictate the armed forces capabilities and posture for the next five years. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told Parliament on June the 8th that the SDSR will report "towards the end of this year." Media speculation has suggested the Treasury was originally...

Fourth Edition of the UK Defence Journal

The fourth edition of the UK Defence Journal has now been released. It features articles ranging from a view on women in combat, a look at the Type 23 Frigate, the Successor submarine programme, an in-depth look at transforming the MoD, NATO nuclear sharing, modern terrorism and much more. It contains amazing insight and is well worth a read no...

Maritime Patrol Aircraft capability to be regenerated

Mark Francois has confirmed that an initiative which maintains the training of staff formerly based at RAF Kinloss has been extended. Mark Francois is Minister of State at the UK Ministry of Defence, with responsibility for the armed forces, cyber activity, and force generation. "A number of short-term post extensions, varying from three to fifteen months, were agreed in 2013 and 2014." The...

Russian bombers near UK airspace – again

Russian Tu-95 "Bears" have again been probing the UK's air defences to find weaknesses. Over the last few days Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from both RAF Leuchars and RAF Coningsby have been scrambled to intercept the aircraft which have been flying near British airspace. It was reported yesterday that on at least on occasion they had cause civilian air traffic to...

Scotland to benefit greatly in updated defence equipment plan

The UK Ministry of Defence has released the third annual update to the defence equipment plan, setting out spending plans for the next decade. The ten-year plan includes spending nearly £163bn on new equipment and support services for the armed forces. It also shows an independently run audit found the cost of the department’s 11 biggest equipment programmes fell by...

Third Edition Released

The third edition of the UK Defence Journal has now been released. It features articles from a look at this years RIAT, a look at the move of the Merlin fleet and even an analysis of the British Army on the outbreak of the Great War plus much more . It contains amazing insight and is well worth a read no matter your...

BAE now able to invest £200 million in Clyde ‘Frigate Factory’

Now that Scotland has voted 'NO' and paved the way for further Ministry of Defence work in Scotland, the defence giant BAE have announced that the contract to build the £200 million frigate construction facility will be put out to tender next week. According to STV, where this news first broke, this will happen within the next few days. BAE Systems...

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