• UK patrol vessels to remain off Jersey as French fishers end protest

    UK patrol vessels to remain off Jersey as French fishers end protest
    PM says vessels will remain in area following six-hour protest in St Helier harbour over post-Brexit rules on fishing rightsBoris Johnson has said two Royal Navy patrol vessels would remain in place around Jersey as French fishers ended a six-hour protest at St Helier’s harbour in an escalating dispute over post-Brexit fishing rules.The French flotilla of about 60 boats departed after a delegation had met Jersey authorities. “It’s rubbish, I’m sorry,” said Cyril Pir
  • What is behind the dispute over fishing rights around Jersey?

    What is behind the dispute over fishing rights around Jersey?
    British navy patrol boats, protesting French fishers and Brexit – a summary of the escalating row
    The immediate threat to which the prime minister was apparently responding when he dispatched the patrol vessels on Wednesday evening was a mooted blockade by French fishing boats of the port of St Helier, Jersey’s main entry point for supplies. French fishers accuse the Jersey authorities of limiting access to the waters around the Channel island – and being in breach of the post-
  • UK sends patrol vessels as 80 French protest boats gather off Jersey

    UK sends patrol vessels as 80 French protest boats gather off Jersey
    Downing Street dispatches armed boats to ‘monitor situation’ amid row over post-Brexit rules on fishing rightsTwo British naval patrol vessels have arrived off the coast of Jersey as about 80 French boats also gathered at the port in St Helier in protest over post-Brexit rules on fishing rights.HMS Severn and HMS Tamar were deployed a mile off the coast of Jersey while observing the French flotilla amassing at about 6am south of the Channel Island’s capital before it headed int
  • UK sends gunboats to Jersey as 80 French vessels protest in St Helier

    UK sends gunboats to Jersey as 80 French vessels protest in St Helier
    Downing Street dispatches navy ships to ‘monitor situation’ amid row over post-Brexit rules on fishing rightsTwo British naval gunboats have arrived off the coast of Jersey as about 80 French boats also gathered at the port in St Helier in protest over post-Brexit rules on fishing rights.HMS Severn and HMS Tamar were deployed a mile off the coast of Jersey while observing the French flotilla amassing at about 6am south of the Channel Island capital before it headed into the port just
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  • UK sends gunboats to Jersey as 80 French vessels gather in St Helier

    UK sends gunboats to Jersey as 80 French vessels gather in St Helier
    Downing Street dispatches navy ships to ‘monitor situation’ amid row over post-Brexit rules on fishing rightsTwo British naval gunboats have arrived off the coast of Jersey as about 80 French boats also gathered at the port in St Helier in protest over post-Brexit rules on fishing rights.HMS Severn and HMS Tamar held back while observing the French flotilla amassing at about 6am south of the Channel Island capital before heading into the port just before 7am. Continue reading...
  • Anger at reports of UK proposals to ban Troubles-era prosecutions

    Anger at reports of UK proposals to ban Troubles-era prosecutions
    Sinn Féin, Labour, SDLP and Alliance accused Downing Street of betraying victims of violencePoliticians in Northern Ireland have condemned reports that the UK government is to ban prosecutions of British army veterans for alleged crimes during the Troubles.Sinn Féin, the SDLP, the Alliance party and Labour accused Downing Street of betraying victims of violence and making a shameful attempt to protect security force personnel at the expense of justice.This is legal protection for t
  • Anger at plans for ban on Troubles-era British army prosecutions

    Anger at plans for ban on Troubles-era British army prosecutions
    Sinn Féin, Labour, SDLP and Alliance accused Downing Street of betraying victims of violencePoliticians in Northern Ireland have condemned reports that the UK government is to ban prosecutions of British army veterans for alleged crimes during the Troubles.Sinn Féin, Labour, the SDLP and the Alliance party accused Downing Street of betraying victims of violence and making a shameful attempt to protect security force personnel at the expense of justice.This is legal protection for t
  • RUC erred at Troubles’ dawn by firing on flats from armoured cars

    RUC erred at Troubles’ dawn by firing on flats from armoured cars
    Ombudsman says police were at fault when four people were killed in Divis and Ardoyne areas in 1969Police blundered at the dawn of Northern Ireland’s Troubles by using vehicle-mounted machine guns in residential areas and not effectively investigating the ensuing deaths, including that of the first child killed in the conflict, according to a new report.The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) committed “significant operational and investigative failures” during the killing of four
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  • Report condemns RUC for firing on Belfast flats in 1969, killing four people

    Report condemns RUC for firing on Belfast flats in 1969, killing four people
    Ombudsman criticises use of vehicle-mounted guns and failure to investigate ensuing deaths Police blundered at the dawn of Northern Ireland’s Troubles by using vehicle-mounted machine guns in residential areas and not effectively investigating the ensuing deaths, including that of the first child killed in the conflict, according to a new report.The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) committed “significant operational and investigative failures” during the killing of four people i
  • Collapse of murder trial may affect other Troubles British army prosecutions

    Collapse of murder trial may affect other Troubles British army prosecutions
    Prosecutors reviewing pending cases after two ex-soldiers acquitted of killing Official IRA commander Joe McCannThe prosecution of British army veterans accused of crimes during the Troubles in Northern Ireland hangs in the balance after the collapse of a murder trial of two former paratroopers.The region’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS) is preparing to review pending cases after the two ex-soldiers were acquitted in a closely-watched trial on Tuesday, setting a possible precedent. Conti
  • Royal Marines test jet suit between moving ships – video

    Royal Marines test jet suit between moving ships – video
    Jet suit developer Gravity Industries has joined forces with the Royal Marines to test its latest product for maritime boarding operations. The company said it spent three days with 42 Commando Royal Marines off the south coast of the UK. The suit was tested in exercises between two moving vessels as an alternative to boarding via helicopter fast-roping Continue reading...
  • Trial of ex-soldiers over 1972 killing of Official IRA member collapses

    Trial of ex-soldiers over 1972 killing of Official IRA member collapses
    Two army veterans acquitted of Joe McCann’s murder after judge ruled some evidence inadmissibleTwo former British army paratroopers accused of murdering an Official IRA commander during the Troubles have been acquitted after their trial in Northern Ireland collapsed.The two veterans, known as soldiers A and C, had been accused of murdering Joe McCann on 15 April 1972, in a closely watched trial with political ramifications. Continue reading...
  • ‘No one judges you out here’: fishing prescribed for NHS patients

    ‘No one judges you out here’: fishing prescribed for NHS patients
    Move is part of growing trend towards social prescribing to boost mental wellbeingThey talk with almost mythic reverence about the 24lb common carp. It is the prize fish in this quiet Manchester fishing pond, where the catch below the surface is a much-needed distraction from the troubles on land.Last week a group of NHS patients has become some of the first in the country to be recommended fishing to improve their mental health. Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust has partnered with a local
  • F-35B jets to join the fight against Daesh from the Carrier Strike Group

    F-35B jets to join the fight against Daesh from the Carrier Strike Group
    UK F-35B fighter jets operating from HMS Queen Elizabeth will join Operation Shader in the fight against Daesh.
  • NATO says Afghanistan withdrawal has begun

    NATO says Afghanistan withdrawal has begun
    DefenceTalk NATO has started the withdrawal of its mission from Afghanistan following a decision by President Joe Biden to bring US forces home, an alliance official said Thursday. Members of the...This is summary only, please visit DefenceTalk.com for more defense news, discussion and military pictures!
  • Overseas Operations Bill completes passage in Parliament

    Overseas Operations Bill completes passage in Parliament
    The Government has delivered the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Act to reduce the uncertainty faced by our service personnel and veterans around historical allegations during overseas operations.
  • Royal Navy and RAF combine efforts to deliver vaccines to world’s most remote Overseas Territory

    Royal Navy and RAF combine efforts to deliver vaccines to world’s most remote Overseas Territory
    UK Armed Forces have transported coronavirus vaccines to the Overseas Territory of Tristan da Cunha – the most remote inhabited island in the world.
  • John Curtis obituary

    John Curtis obituary
    My father, John Curtis, who has died aged 89, lived a varied life, much of it in public service, helping to implement disabled people’s rights.Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, John was the son of Annie (nee Houghton) and Arthur Curtis, who ran a grocery store. He had many memories of providing rations to local people in the war years from their shop in Kingsthorpe Hollow. Continue reading...
  • Equal honours for officers and men | Letter

    Equal honours for officers and men | Letter
    Trevor Lindley on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s commitment to equal treatment of all ranks in memorialsJohn Batey is wrong to say “The British army buries its dead in separate sections of ‘officers and men’” (Letters, 23 April). Early in the formation of the then Imperial War Graves Commission, Fabian Ware, founder of the commission, stated that “no distinction should be made between officers and men lying in the same cemeteries in the form or natur
  • Trident could be forced overseas or halted if Scotland gains independence

    Trident could be forced overseas or halted if Scotland gains independence
    Continuing the UK’s nuclear deterrent would probably require the help of an allied country, defence expert says
    Trident could be forced to the US or possibly France if Scotland became independent because there is no alternative port immediately available elsewhere in the UK, according to a retired admiral responsible for Britain’s nuclear policy.Unless Scotland were to agree to lease back the Faslane submarine base to the rest of the UK, continuing Trident would probably require the
  • Record size and scope of Carrier Strike Group deployment announced

    Record size and scope of Carrier Strike Group deployment announced
    The largest concentration of maritime and air power to the UK in a generation will set sail next month, visiting more than 40 countries.
  • Britain is in trouble when even China can rightly sneer at our hypocrisy | Nick Cohen

    Britain is in trouble when even China can rightly sneer at our hypocrisy | Nick Cohen
    The Tories’ shameful plan to grant immunity to soldiers who torture must be defeatedHow far towards rogue statehood can Britain go? As of now, the answer is that the government will offer a statutory presumption against prosecution after five years to members of the armed forces accused of murdering civilians or wounding civilians or committing any other war crime covered by the Geneva conventions. But it will not offer a pass to troops accused of sexually abusing or forcing confessions fr
  • Racist treatment of black and Asian war dead is acknowledged at last | Letters

    Racist treatment of black and Asian war dead is acknowledged at last | Letters
    Readers respond to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s report into the unequal commemoration of soldiers in the first world warIt is gratifying that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission will finally apologise, after 100 years, for denying black African soldiers and labourers war graves for their service to the British empire in the first world war (UK inquiry blames ‘pervasive racism’ for unequal commemoration of troops, 21 April). Many people in Britain and Europe will
  • PM ‘deeply troubled’ by failures to honour black and Asian war dead

    PM ‘deeply troubled’ by failures to honour black and Asian war dead
    Defence secretary Ben Wallace says he will explore ‘decolonising’ schools’ teaching of first world warThe prime minister has apologised for Britain’s failure to properly commemorate tens of thousands of black and Asian soldiers who died serving the country, as the defence secretary pledged to explore “decolonising” schools’ teaching of the first world war.Boris Johnson said he was “deeply troubled” by the fact that “not all of our war d
  • Minister apologises for black and Asian war dead commemoration failures

    Minister apologises for black and Asian war dead commemoration failures
    Defence secretary Ben Wallace also says he will explore ‘decolonising’ schools’ teaching of first world warThe defence secretary has apologised for Britain’s failure to properly commemorate tens of thousands of black and Asian soldiers who died serving the country , and pledged to explore “decolonising” schools’ teaching of the first world warBen Wallace said “historic failings” had been identified in committee’s inquiry set up by the C
  • Boris Johnson ‘deeply troubled’ by failures in honouring black and Asian war dead

    Boris Johnson ‘deeply troubled’ by failures in honouring black and Asian war dead
    Defence secretary Ben Wallace says he will explore ‘decolonising’ schools’ teaching of first world warThe prime minister has apologised for Britain’s failure to properly commemorate tens of thousands of black and Asian soldiers who died serving the country, as the defence secretary pledged to explore “decolonising” schools’ teaching of the first world war.Boris Johnson said he was “deeply troubled” by the fact that “not all of our war d
  • War graves: 'No doubt prejudice played a part in decisions,' says Ben Wallace – video

    War graves: 'No doubt prejudice played a part in decisions,' says Ben Wallace – video
    The defence secretary, Ben Wallace, has said prejudice led to more than 100,000 first world war soldiers not being commemorated properly. Wallace said there were cases where evidence that might enable the discovery of names of the dead was deliberately overlooked. He said the graves of up to 54,000 soldiers who were mostly Indians, east Africans, west Africans, Egyptians and Somalis were not marked by individual headstones. Some were only remembered in inscriptions or in registers, and another 1
  • UK failure to commemorate black and Asian war dead known ‘for years’

    UK failure to commemorate black and Asian war dead known ‘for years’
    Commonwealth commission apologises after report shows thousands of first world war deaths not properly markedThe failure to properly commemorate hundreds of thousands of black and Asian troops who died fighting for the British empire has been known about for years, the head of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has acknowledged.Claire Horton, the commission’s director general, acknowledged that research revealing black and Asian soldiers had not been equally commemorated had bee
  • Scandal of unequal commemoration of UK’s WW1 dead known about ‘for years’

    Scandal of unequal commemoration of UK’s WW1 dead known about ‘for years’
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission apologises after report shows thousands of black and Asian troops not commemoratedThe failure to properly commemorate hundreds of thousands of black and Asian troops who died fighting for the British empire has been known about for years, the head of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has acknowledged.Claire Horton, the director general of the CWGC, acknowledged that research revealing black and Asian soldiers had not been equally commemorated had be
  • Scandal of UK failure to commemorate black and Asian war dead known ‘for years’

    Scandal of UK failure to commemorate black and Asian war dead known ‘for years’
    Commonwealth commission apologises after report shows thousands of first world war deaths ignored or not properly marked
    The failure to properly commemorate hundreds of thousands of black and Asian troops who died fighting for the British empire has been known about for years, the head of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has acknowledged.Claire Horton, the commission’s director general, acknowledged that research revealing black and Asian soldiers had not been equally commemor
  • Unremembered: the African first world war soldiers without a grave

    Unremembered: the African first world war soldiers without a grave
    How a 2019 documentary helped spark an inquiry into missing war graves of soldiers from the British empireUK inquiry blames ‘pervasive racism’ for unequal commemoration of black and Asian troopsHow millions of black and Asian men were mobilised in first world warA crackly audio recording made in the 1980s is one of the few direct links left to the African soldiers and auxiliaries who served Britain in the first world war. It provides a chilling insight into their experience, which sa
  • UK inquiry blames ‘pervasive racism’ for unequal commemoration of troops

    UK inquiry blames ‘pervasive racism’ for unequal commemoration of troops
    Exclusive: Commonwealth War Graves Commission expected to apologise for commemorating British empire’s black and Asian first world war dead ‘unequally’How millions of black and Asian men were mobilised in first world warUnremembered: the African first world war soldiers without a graveHundreds of thousands of predominantly black and Asian service personnel who died fighting for the British Empire have not been formally commemorated in the same way as their white comrades becaus
  • UK inquiry blames ‘pervasive racism’ for unequal commemoration of black and Asian troops

    UK inquiry blames ‘pervasive racism’ for unequal commemoration of black and Asian troops
    Exclusive: Commonwealth War Graves Commission expected to apologise for commemorating British empire’s black and Asian first world war dead ‘unequally’Hundreds of thousands of predominantly black and Asian service personnel who died fighting for the British Empire have not been formally commemorated in the same way as their white comrades because of decisions underpinned by “pervasive racism”, an investigation has concluded.The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is
  • How millions of black and Asian men were mobilised in first world war

    How millions of black and Asian men were mobilised in first world war
    Many in Africa were recruited forcibly, while Indian army provided 1.2 million soldiersAs well as a struggle for European dominance, the first world war was a battle for control of colonial possessions, not least in Africa, where western powers including Britain, Germany and France embroiled around 2 million people in the conflict as soldiers or labourers. It is estimated that 10% of them died.The Indian army provided Britain with more than 1.2 million men. Its soldiers were deployed to all the
  • Royal Navy confirms two new fast patrol boats

    Royal Navy confirms two new fast patrol boats
    HMS Ships Dagger and Cutlass confirmed as the new fast patrol boats.
  • Defence minister Johnny Mercer dismissed from government

    Defence minister Johnny Mercer dismissed from government
    Junior minister had indicated he was preparing to quit over concerns about prosecutions of Northern Ireland veterans Johnny Mercer has been abruptly dismissed as a junior defence minister after accusing Boris Johnson of breaching a commitment to implement a controversial pledge to prevent veterans who served in Northern Ireland from being prosecuted.The junior minister was preparing to quit on Wednesday but his resignation was accepted by the chief whip early on Tuesday evening, eager to put a s
  • Defence minister Johnny Mercer resigns from government

    Defence minister Johnny Mercer resigns from government
    Mercer’s decision is understood to relate to concerns about prosecutions of Northern Ireland veterans Johnny Mercer has resigned as junior defence minister, frustrated that the government has failed to implement controversial pledges to prevent veterans who served in Northern Ireland from being prosecuted.After hours of speculation, Downing Street said Boris Johnson had “accepted the resignation” in a terse statement released after 7pm and thanked Mercer “for his service
  • Iceland becomes 10th nation to join UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force

    Iceland becomes 10th nation to join UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force
    Iceland has formally joined the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), the group of 10 northern European nations committed to upholding northern European security.
  • Defence minister Johnny Mercer on brink of resigning

    Defence minister Johnny Mercer on brink of resigning
    Mercer ‘frustrated’ over progress relating to killings during Northern Ireland Troubles, saying government failed on vow to prevent veterans’ prosecutionJohnny Mercer is on the brink of quitting as a junior defence minister, frustrated that the government has failed to implement controversial pledges to prevent veterans who served in Northern Ireland from being prosecuted.News of the intention emerged as ministers made a significant concession on the related overseas operations
  • Court hearing over UK’s £400m tank deal debt to Iran postponed

    Court hearing over UK’s £400m tank deal debt to Iran postponed
    Jailed dual nationals’ families upset over delay, as relatives’ prison terms believed to be linked to arrearsA high court hearing designed to resolve the UK’s non-payment of a £400m debt to Iran has been postponed again, leaving the families of dual nationals detained in Iran distraught since they believe the debt is critical to their release of loved ones.Neither Iran nor the UK would explain why the court hearing – scheduled for Tuesday – had been postponed.
  • What did 20 years of western intervention in Afghanistan achieve? Ruination | Simon Jenkins

    What did 20 years of western intervention in Afghanistan achieve? Ruination | Simon Jenkins
    Britain’s justifications for invading were having influence and deterring terror. They are just neo-imperialist platitudesThe longest, most pointless and unsuccessful war that Britain has fought in the past 70 years – its intervention in Afghanistan – is to end in September. I doubt anyone will notice. Nations celebrate victories, not defeats.Twenty years ago the United States decided to relieve its 9/11 agony not just by blasting Osama bin Laden’s base in the Afghan moun
  • What did 20 years of western intervention in Afghanistan achieve? Ruination

    What did 20 years of western intervention in Afghanistan achieve? Ruination
    Britain’s justifications for invading were having influence and deterring terror. They are just neo-imperialist platitudesThe longest, most pointless and unsuccessful war that Britain has fought in the past 70 years – its intervention in Afghanistan – is to end in September. I doubt anyone will notice. Nations celebrate victories, not defeats.Twenty years ago the United States decided to relieve its 9/11 agony not just by blasting Osama bin Laden’s base in the Afghan moun
  • The Great British Art Tour: smoke tracks in a summer sky and Britain’s fight for survival

    The Great British Art Tour: smoke tracks in a summer sky and Britain’s fight for survival
    With public art collections closed we are bringing the art to you, exploring highlights from across the country in partnership with Art UK. Today’s pick: Paul Nash’s Battle of Britain at the Imperial War Museum LondonPaul Nash’s oil painting, completed in 1941, evokes the intense aerial campaign fought between Britain and Germany the previous summer in the Battle of Britain.Nash described the work as “an attempt to give the sense of an aerial battle in operation over a wi
  • Funeral rehearsal shows first sighting of Land Rover Prince Philip helped design

    Funeral rehearsal shows first sighting of Land Rover Prince Philip helped design
    Modified vehicle to bear duke’s coffin to St George’s Chapel as he requestedA full military rehearsal for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral offered a first glimpse of the specially modified Land Rover he helped to design, which will bear his coffin to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.The duke’s project, which spanned 16 years, resulted in the custom-built Land Rover Defender TDS 130, which he requested be painted in military green. It is equipped with an open-top
  • Funeral rehearsal gives first sighting of Land Rover Prince Philip helped design

    Funeral rehearsal gives first sighting of Land Rover Prince Philip helped design
    Vehicle modified in 16-year project to bear duke’s coffin to St George’s Chapel at Windsor CastleA full military rehearsal for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral offered a first glimpse of the specially modified Land Rover he helped to design, which will bear his coffin to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.The duke’s project, which spanned 16 years, resulted in the custom-built Land Rover Defender TD5 130, which he requested be painted in military green. It is equip
  • BAE Chosen to Provide Beowulf Prototypes for US Army’s CATV Program

    BAE Chosen to Provide Beowulf Prototypes for US Army’s CATV Program
    DefenceTalkThe U.S. Army has selected BAE Systems to deliver two prototype vehicles for evaluation as a potential solution for the Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) program. Whether operating...This is summary only, please visit DefenceTalk.com for more defense news, discussion and military pictures!
  • New Tactical ISR Satellites Provide Global, Persistent Support for Warfighters

    New Tactical ISR Satellites Provide Global, Persistent Support for Warfighters
    DefenceTalkLockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is addressing the accelerating demand for space-enabled warfighting capabilities with a new line of rapid, integrated and affordable tactical Intelligence,...This is summary only, please visit DefenceTalk.com for more defense news, discussion and military pictures!
  • US cancels Black Sea deployment of two warships: Turkey

    US cancels Black Sea deployment of two warships: Turkey
    DefenceTalkThe United States has cancelled this week’s planned deployment of two warships to the Black Sea, Turkish officials and media said Wednesday, amid high tensions between Russia and...This is summary only, please visit DefenceTalk.com for more defense news, discussion and military pictures!
  • Iran says 60% enrichment response to Israel’s ‘nuclear terrorism’

    Iran says 60% enrichment response to Israel’s ‘nuclear terrorism’
    DefenceTalkIran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday the decision to boost uranium enrichment to 60 percent was a response to arch-foe Israel’s “nuclear terrorism”...This is summary only, please visit DefenceTalk.com for more defense news, discussion and military pictures!
  • Enrichment, sabotage cast shadow over new Iran nuclear talks

    Enrichment, sabotage cast shadow over new Iran nuclear talks
    DefenceTalkTalks to save the Iran nuclear deal resume in Vienna Thursday amid new tensions, with Tehran preparing to ramp up uranium enrichment in response to an attack on a facility it blamed on...This is summary only, please visit DefenceTalk.com for more defense news, discussion and military pictures!

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