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Monday, 28 April 2014

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Britain's new aircraft carrier in detail - Telegraph

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Britain's new aircraft carrier in detail - Telegraph

With her 4.5 acres of flight deck and the ability to transport 40 F35B joint strike fighter jets around the world, Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth - due in service in 2020 - will deliver a radical change in the Navy’s capabilities

A computer generated image of what HMS Queen Elizabeth would look like sailing out of Portsmouth habour (BAE Systems)

How does HMS Queen Elizabeth compare in size?

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Royal Navy's new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

From Navy News in Facebook page

Want an idea of the scale of the Royal Navy's new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth?

You can fit two Type 23s side-by-side in her hangar - as our graphic artist Andy Brady demonstrates in this graphic (obviously, he's had to cut out the flight deck to accommodate the frigates' superstructures...)

You can read more on the countdown to the QE's launch (67 days to go now till July 4) in the May edition of Navy News, out tomorrow.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Paratroopers given masterclass in urban operations - British Army Website

Paratroopers practise the full range of skills they needed to operate in built up areas. Photographer Corporal Andy Reddy; Crown copyright.PFeeling the heat: dealing with public disturbances. Photographer Corporal Andy Reddy; Crown copyright.

From house-to-house fighting to dealing with hostile crowds, paratroopers have practised the full range of skills they need to operate in built-up areas.

Troops from 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment have been on Exercise Urban Eagle as they prepare to become the British Army’s global rapid reaction force. The week-long training on Salisbury Plain was designed to refresh the paratrooper’s key skills of fighting in built-up areas and dealing with public disturbances.
Urban skills saw the Colchester-based soldiers start at the basics of clearing enemy from individual rooms, working up to company attacks to capture the mock village at Copehill Down building-by-building and street-by-street.

Air Assault Task Force

Public order drills saw the soldiers bombarded with abuse, petrol bombs and missiles by rioters as they practised how to work together to both defend each other and drive back hostile crowds.
3 PARA’s core role is to alternate with 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment as the lead unit in the Air Assault Task Force (AATF), which is ready to deploy anywhere in the world to conduct the full range of military operations. 3 PARA is training to take on the AATF role from April 2014, with the unit’s airborne infantry bolstered by artillery, engineers, signallers, medics and logisticians from 16 Air Assault Brigade.
Major Mike Brennan, 3 PARA’s second-in-command, said: “As the world becomes more centred on towns and cities that is where conflicts are more likely to take place. Urban areas are cluttered, congested and full of people - both friendly and hostile - and it is an essential part of our preparations for contingency operations to be used to this environment.
“Urban operations are slow, complex and soak up manpower. To secure a building you have to clear every room, because otherwise you can be left with enemy behind you. It is also vital to minimise collateral damage to avoid alienating the local population.
“The British Army has faced rioting crowds in Sierra Leone, Kosovo and Iraq and public order skills are important to have as a softer option to establish control of a hostile situation.
“The training has progressed well and helped develop our soldiers’ understanding of the intensity and variety of skills that urban operations demand.”

Hostile crowds and adrenaline

Private Stephen Derbyshire, 23, from Worcester, said: “This has been a challenge, developing skills that are very different to those needed to fight in the countryside. The key to fighting in built-up areas is being methodical, but with speed and aggression. We’re going into dark buildings that can be easily fortified and heavily defended with a small number of people, but also have innocent people sheltering inside.”
Among the soldiers having their first experience of public order training was Private Scott Reynolds, who has been in the Army for just over 18 months.
The 21-year-old from Kitts Green in Birmingham said: “Facing a hostile crowd gets your adrenaline going, but the most important thing is to keep your head and work as a team. It’s about showing discipline to a rabble to gain control of the situation.
"As paratroopers we’re at the head of the queue for the Army’s next operation, which is an exciting place to be, and it’s important to have trained for whatever could be asked of us.”

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Training Afghan Medics: The Language of Healing Pt3 | The Official British Army Blog

Training Afghan Medics: The Language of Healing Pt3 |

 The Official British Army Blog

Training Afghan Medics: The Language of Healing Pt3

Lisa’s Diary 2014

Captain Lisa Irwin
Captain Lisa Irwin
Captain Lisa Irwin is a REME Reserve Officer currently on a three-year Full Time Reserve Service commitment with the Defence Cultural Specialist Unit.  She has spent 15 months learning Pashto and Dhari before deploying to Camp Bastion to be the 2 IC of a team of medical personnel set up to mentor Afghan medical personnel. This is her third tour of Afghanistan and her second blog, as she blogged during her last tour in 2010/2011, when she was deployed as a Female Engagement Team Commander.
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Armoured Vehicles Northern Europe

Armoured Vehicles Northern Europe

Download Centre

The Armoured Vehicles Nordic Download Centre provides regularly updated Presentations, Speaker Interviews and Presentations coordinated with Defence IQ's Armoured Vehicles events.
These resources are free for you to access – simply fill in the download forms and start the learning process before, during and after the conference!

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Defence iQ Interview: Col VanDusen, T-X training aircraft programme manager by Andrew Elwell

Interview: Col VanDusen, T-X training aircraft programme manager

Following confirmation in the President’s budget on Tuesday that the T-X programme – the USAF’s next generation military flight training aircraft system – will receive funding to the tune of $600 million, Defence IQ spoke to its programme manager. Colonel Dale VanDusen is Head of Programmes for the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCMC) and directly responsible for the procurement and management for all flight training aircraft used by the Air Force.

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Insurgents Get KILLED In CQC In IRAQ - by Military Footage U.S.A. Army

Published on 2 Mar 2014
Footage Of Insurgents Getting Killed In Close Quarter Combat In Iraq.

front of the building. The Special Forces soldier neutralizes the threat.

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Thursday, 16 January 2014

British Army: King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery (KTRHA)

in Regent's Park, London

The KTRHA form Her Majesty The Queen's ceremonial Saluting Battery and are stationed at Woolwich, London. Known as 'The Troop' they are a mounted unit and all of their soldiers are superb equestrians trained to drive a team of six horses that pull the First World War 'thirteen pounder' state saluting guns.

The KTRHA are an integral part of the Household Troops. Their duties include the firing of Royal Salutes in Hyde Park on both Royal Anniversaries and State Occasions, and providing a gun carriage and team of black horses for State and military funerals. The Troop performs the duties of the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards for one month each year.

Find out more about: The King’s Troop RHA:
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Thursday, 2 January 2014

World Cavalry's own Airsoft Team

British Army New Year Resolutions 2

British Army - Andover, United Kingdom
New Year's Resolutions: Get more out of your job

Regulars and Reserves: Army training gives you good time management skills, helping you get through tasks more effectively and efficiently (at home as well as at work). So you can manage your free time better to get the most out of it. Maybe you can use some of that freed up time for the Regimental skiing trip...

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British Army New Year Resolutions 1

British Army - Andover, United Kingdom
New Year's Resolutions: Get fit and lose weight 

Regulars: You don't need to be super fit to join the Army. All you need is the right attitude and determination to get there. There is fitness advice online ( and you can speak to local recruiters if you think you need advice. Once you’ve joined, you will have regular physical training sessions, a free gym, plenty of sports opportunities, and the chance to take part in adventurous training expeditions.

Reserves: Just like the Regulars, it’s all about attitude. Once you have joined, you’ll find staying fit is easier, with regular physical training sessions at your training nights, gym facilities and a physical training instructor who can give you sports and fitness advice. Use the online fitness advice to get you started. Like the Regulars, you can take part in sport and adventurous training.

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British Army on FB

For the Army, there are some big changes coming up in 2014, with the end of combat operations in Afghanistan after more than 10 years. We’ll be bringing home thousands of troops and tonnes of equipment, and continuing to train for whatever and wherever we might be called on next. 2014 also marks 100 years since the start of the First World War, so our regiments will be remembering the courage of their young men and the battles they fought. 

We’ll also be continuing to recruit, as ever. Whatever we’re asked to do, the Army relies on the quality and training of its people. (from British Army FB and official web page
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