Summarising the military news of the past week.
- As part of a combined effort US, British and French militaries have a launched air strikes on Syria in response to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime using chemical weapons on civilians.
- The Royal Navy are to update their type 45 destroyers’ power and propulsion systems at a cost of £160million only ten years after coming into service because they are not ‘fit-for-purpose.’
The MoD has paid out a record £800,000 in compensation to a soldier who developed ‘severe-trench foot’ while on an exercise in 2012.
Type 45 Destroyers to be upgraded
The Ministry of Defence has announced a £160million contract with BAE Systems to fix and update the power and propulsion system fitted to all six of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers.
Army pay out record compensation claim
A former soldier has won a record £800,000 compensation from the MoD because he suffered a Non-Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI) on an exercise in England in 2012.
SA80 A3 new rifle upgraded
The Forces Network reported that the SA80 A2 rifle will be upgraded to a new model to ensure it has the enhancements needed to remain in service until 2025 and beyond. In reality it has just changed colour and has a new hand guard.
Royal Air Force
RAF conduct air strikes on Syria
Four Royal Air Force Tornados GR4s joined the strikes against Syria, launching Storm Shadow missiles at a base 15 miles west of Homs.
The Tornado is UK’s primary ground attack jet and has been used to carry out numerous air strikes in Syria and Iraq in recent years.
Over 400 wounded, injured and sick serving personnel and veterans competed in the UK team trials ahead of the fourth Games in Sydney this October.
— British Army (@BritishArmy) April 11, 2018
Airstrikes on Syria
Donald Trump has hailed coordinated US, British and French air strikes on Syria as “mission accomplished”. The military action was launched in the early hours of Saturday morning to punish the Syrian regime for a chemical weapons attack.
The US president said the military action by US, British and French jets had been “perfectly executed”.
A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018