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UK ‘may be out of tank game’ within next ten years

The way things are going, the UK may well be out of the MBT game altogether within the next ten years unless the government sharpen up their ideas argues Lt. Col. Stuart Crawford, former tank commander and defence analyst.

The Guyana-Venezuela dispute and UK involvement

In late 2023, tensions between Guyana and Venezuela resurged following the latter’s renewed claims and hostile rhetoric over the Essequibo region, also known as 'Guayana Esequiba'.

NAVAL NEWS

MOD to award contract for Remotely Operated Vehicle

The Ministry of Defence has announced its intention to award a contract worth up to £18 million to Forum Energy Technology (UK) Ltd for the provision of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), spares, and in-service support.

HMS Mersey back at sea after maintenance

After 257 days alongside Falmouth conducting an extensive maintenance package, HMS Mersey was able to set sail.

Scottish shipbuilding revival to inject £342m into economy

The revival of Scotland's shipbuilding industry through Royal Navy shipbuilding is projected to significantly boost the economy by £342 million annually.

AVIATION NEWS

Croatia triples Black Hawk helicopter fleet

Croatia has officially purchased eight additional Sikorsky-built UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters through the U.S. government's Foreign Military Sale programme.

NATO conducts exercise over Black Sea

Key mission areas covered in the exercise include anti-submarine warfare, maritime interdiction operations, and anti-piracy activities, as detailed in the press release.

847 NAS and Commandos train for raid, insertion, and rescue

Royal Marines retrieved two downed pilots from 847 NAS, employing a Wildcat helicopter as part of the rescue.

LAND NEWS

Allies agree new NATO cyber defence centre

NATO Allies have agreed to establish a new centre to enhance protection against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, according to a press release.

Bear Grylls named Honorary Colonel

Bear Grylls has been appointed Honorary Colonel of The Army Foundation College Harrogate.

British forces impress with drones and logistics

The deployment marked the first time since 2003 that a British Armoured Brigade Combat Team has been fielded from the UK,

International News

Fact Checks

A Russian submarine, Scotland, and an odd conspiracy

A recent BBC Scotland news story about the sighting of a Russian submarine off the west coast of Scotland has sparked a flurry of odd reactions on social media.

The myth that nukes are in Scotland to keep England safe

Misconceptions can often take root and spread quickly, one incorrect claim is that the UK stores all of its nukes in Scotland because they're too dangerous to keep in England. 

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