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Date Posted: Wednesday, 17 April 2019 @ 09:33
The Portsmouth-based frigate – currently the Royal Navy’s Fleet Ready Escort, charged with protecting UK waters – took time during her patrol to hone her ‘quickdraw’ skills: the response of gunners to protect the warship from incoming fast-attack craft.They use a combination of Miniguns – six-barrelled Gatling guns which spew out up to 2,000 rounds a minute – machine-guns and rifles as the last line of de...
Date Posted: Monday, 15 April 2019 @ 09:17
During her time at sea the warship carried out eight successful raids on drugs smugglers, capturing narcotics weighing a whopping 18,250kg more than the weight of five of her one embarked Wildcat helicopter with an estimated value of £145m million.HMS Dragon deployed from Portsmouth on the 17th September 2018 and has spent the last seven months deployed on Operation Kipion in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean.Commander Michael Carter-Quinn, Com...
Date Posted: Friday, 12 April 2019 @ 11:57
Measures including longer sentences for several terrorism offences and ending automatic early release for convicted terrorists have commenced two months after the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act received Royal Assent.The management of convicted terrorist offenders has also been strengthened with stricter notification requirements.It is now illegal to recklessly express support for, or publish images of flags, emblems or clothing in...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 10 April 2019 @ 13:47
Brocklesby – crewed by sailors from Portsmouth’s 2nd Mine Countermeasures Squadron – and HMS Shoreham – from the 1st Squadron, based in Faslane – spent two days working with Gulf state’s navy, making a welcome change from their normal mine warfare patrols and training.Beyond keeping the crucial sea lanes of the Gulf region open and free of any underwater explosive devices, Britain’s four minehunters stati...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 9 April 2019 @ 15:42
Personnel from the Commando Logistics Regiment paraded for a little over a mile from the bank of the River Taw on the edge of the small market town to its centre… and back again in a loop.The regiment provides all the rearward services the Royal Marines require: fuel, engineering support, medics and first-aid posts, ammunition, spare parts – basically anything 3 Commando Brigade needs to sustain itself in the field.The regiment has b...
Date Posted: Monday, 8 April 2019 @ 12:36
A new recruit has been welcomed into the ranks of the The Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) who provide security at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down.Police Dog (PD) Meti has been licensed to join the force after passing a rigorous eight-week training course. The two-year-old German Shepherd was tested across a range of skills and abilities for his policing role essential for the safety and security of people and ...
Date Posted: Monday, 1 April 2019 @ 12:47
The minimum wage has reversed the pre-1999 trend of pay growth inequality. Last year the lowest-paid workers earned £2.70 per hour more in real terms than if there had been no minimum wage - £5,000 a year for a full-time workers  30% of workers have benefited either directly or indirectly from the minimum wage – with up to 7 million individuals a year feeling the benefits. The LPC has not found significant negative effects ...
Date Posted: Monday, 1 April 2019 @ 10:31
Full-time workers receiving National Living Wage will be more than £2,750 better off a year compared to 2015, when the rate was first announced The National Living Wage will go up today by the highest rate since it was first introduced, increasing by almost 5% to £8.21 per hour 2.1 million workers set to benefit from minimum wage increases, including almost 800,000 retail and hospitality workers Increases to the minimum wage rates for...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 26 March 2019 @ 08:00
A teenager fromPreston is aiming to become the youngest soldier in the world, and the thirdyoungest person ever, to row across the Atlantic Ocean.17-year-old KianHelm, a Kingsman undergoing training to join the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment,has embarked upon a gruelling fitness regime with three other servicemen to getready for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in late-December.“I’m lookingforward to working together as a te...
Date Posted: Monday, 25 March 2019 @ 12:39
Training ships of the French Naval Training Squadron and a French Navy Frigate, La Motte Picquet, arrived this morning.Captain of the Base Captain (Cpt) David George said: “It’s great to be able to support the French Training Squadron and French Navy, we hope our allies across the channel enjoy the culture and rich naval heritage that Portsmouth has to offer during their stay."While in Portsmouth, the crews will take in some local nav...
Date Posted: Thursday, 21 March 2019 @ 15:49
HMS Tamar, the fourth of the Royal Navy’s five cutting-edge new Offshore Patrol Vessels, has been formally named in Glasgow today.The next-generation River Class ship will boost Britain’s counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling work and provide essential support to defence operations.The 90-metre vessel, which is equipped with a 30mm cannon and flight deck capable of accommodating a Merlin helicopter, is part of a five-strong OPV contrac...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 19 March 2019 @ 15:13
The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer seized 2,540kg of hash from a fishing vessel while the warship was on her way through the Arabian Sea. It comes after Dragon took the record for the highest number of successful busts and the total weight of drugs seized by a Royal Navy ship in the Middle East.Flying a routine dawn mission, the crew of the ship’s Wildcat helicopter spotted a suspicious-looking boat from the air.HMS Dragon, wh...
Date Posted: Thursday, 7 March 2019 @ 13:54
The veterans, who all joined the Brigade of Gurkhas before 2007, will benefit from a £15 million (2.2bn Nepali Rupees) increase in the Gurkha Pension Scheme. While the increased remuneration will vary depending on an individual’s circumstances, veterans could receive increases of up to 34% extra in their pensions and with the increases being backdated to 1 January 2016, this means Gurkha pensioners will receive a total of £46m (...
Date Posted: Monday, 25 February 2019 @ 15:33
The third next-generation nuclear deterrence submarine will be named HMS Warspite, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced today, carrying on the tradition of breathing new life into first-generation hunter-killer names.The boat will take her place in the Fleet in the 2030s, alongside HMS Dreadnought, Valiant and a fourth, as yet unnamed, submarine, each carrying Trident nuclear missiles on deterrence patrols for three months at a time.She&r...
Date Posted: Thursday, 21 February 2019 @ 16:00
Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Tidesurge has been welcomed to the fleet today with a dedication service at Greenock’s Ocean Terminal.The 39,000-tonne fleet replenishment tanker is the latest of four new RFA ships which are the biggest in service.Previously, Greenock was the affiliated town of RFA Gold Rover, which provided sterling service in support of the Royal Navy, NATO, and coalition allies for over 40 years. RFA Tidesurge will now tak...