News Articles: October 2019

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Date Posted: Thursday, 31 October 2019 @ 12:57
The MOD is investing £3 billion in nine state-of-the-art jets which will enhance the UK’s tracking of hostile maritime targets, protect the British continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent and play a central role in NATO missions across the North Atlantic.Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:"The arrival of the world-class Poseidon aircraft marks a step-change in the UK’s maritime patrol capability.""Using the world’s most advanc...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 30 October 2019 @ 15:44
The work was carried out on the Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV) by about 50 Babcock International employees plus specialist sub-contractors.The Rosyth team upgraded the ship’s sonar and communications systems, overhauled her propulsion systems and generators, and improved her fresh water tanks.Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:"The HMS Pembroke refit is another example of the impressive engineering skills of our Sc...
Date Posted: Thursday, 24 October 2019 @ 10:37
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is funding seven projects aimed at improving the welfare of Armed Forces personnel, it can today be announced.Nearly £1m is being invested to further develop and trial cutting-edge artificial intelligence, psychological, and neuroscience tools and technology such as brain scanners in a bid to boost the training, wellbeing, and mental health support offered to personnel.Minister for Defence People ...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 22 October 2019 @ 14:01
A government scheme to help military personnel get on the housing ladder has been extended until the end of 2022, the Defence Secretary has announced.The Forces Help to Buy scheme has lent over £280 million to over 18,000 armed forces applicants since its introduction in 2014.The scheme allows military personnel to borrow a deposit of up to half of their annual salary, interest free, to contribute towards buying a home, building an extensio...
Date Posted: Thursday, 17 October 2019 @ 16:04
Plans for a new national model for shared ownership will help thousands of lower earners step onto the housing ladder. Plans for a new national model for shared ownership will help thousands of lower earners step onto the housing ladder  Social tenants moving into new homes will be given the chance to buy a shareJust a 10% minimum initial stake will be required, cut from 25% for all shared ownership homes ​ Plans to allow people to buy their...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 16 October 2019 @ 08:17
The new office sits within the Cabinet Office and will pull together all functions of government, and better co-ordinate charity sector provision. Most senior officer injured in combat in Afghanistan, who went on to become Director of Recovery at Help for Heroes, is heading up the OVA The new office sits within the Cabinet Office and will pull together all functions of government, and better co-ordinate charity sector provision The OVA has been t...
Date Posted: Monday, 14 October 2019 @ 10:44
Flown by Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots, the Lightning jets are embarking in the 65,000 tonne carrier to conduct operational trials off the East Coast of the USA.This follows successful developmental trials last year with US Lightning jets, where forces conducted 500 take offs and landings over their 11-week period at sea.These trials are aimed at ‘end-to-end’ testing of the aircraft and personnel to ensure the a...
Date Posted: Thursday, 10 October 2019 @ 07:45
Remembrance is a time of honouring our fallenheroes and this November The Scotty Challenge is being launched in memory ofthose who lost their lives fighting for our country, and in support of theirchildren left behind.Not for the fainthearted, The Scotty Challenge isa high endurance workout that has been created by respected performance coach andathlete Tanya Haeffele. The Scotty Challenge has been organised byScotty’s Little Soldiers, the ...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 8 October 2019 @ 15:19
The Social Mobility Foundation has this morning published its annual Social Mobility Index, ranking the Army as 55th and the RAF as 76th. The Ministry of Defence has also been listed 35th.The Social Mobility Index lists organisations that have taken substantial action to improve social mobility in their workplace. The index ranks employers on the actions they are taking to ensure they are open to and accessible to progressing talent from all back...
Date Posted: Friday, 4 October 2019 @ 08:17
The partnership between the RAF and Virgin Orbit was unveiled at the Air and Space Power conference in July. Following a tough selection process, Air Vice-Marshal Simon ‘Rocky’ Rochelle and Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart have announced that Flight Lieutenant Mathew ‘Stanny’ Stannard had been selected.Flt Lt. Stannard is currently a Typhoon pilot with one of the RAF’s test and evaluation squadrons and is expected to join t...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 1 October 2019 @ 09:44
The Chancellor yesterday announced his intention to lower the age threshold for the National Living Wage to 21, accepting advice from the Low Pay Commission.In his speech to the Conservative Party conference, the Chancellor today announced his intention to reduce the age threshold for the National Living Wage (NLW), so that it applies to those aged 23 and over from 2021, and to those aged 21 and over within five years.This follows a review of the...