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sgtpepperband

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DE&S Take Over by SERCO Could be in Doubt Over Recent Failures

SERCO is one of the contractors to be given an Invitation To Negotiate over the privatisation of DE&S but it has gone from being one of the most wanted to the least wanted in terms of the take over.

Serco tagging scandal could hit sale of MoD agency contract - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
(Source: The Independent)
Not just MOD; Serco and G4S are under scrutiny for their involvement with NHS contracts as well:

What is G4S doing in England's NHS? | openDemocracy
 

janner

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Some good ideas there, two boats instead of four and don't send them to sea with warheads, good solid thinking.
 

sgtpepperband

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MoD accused of risking soldiers' lives by silencing generals

A leading military historian has accused the Ministry of Defence of putting the lives of British soldiers at risk by stifling debate and preventing serving generals from publicly expressing their views on the conduct of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sir Hew Strachan, Chichele professor of the history of war at Oxford University, blames the decision to suppress their views on "official paranoia". His outspoken comments appear in a series of essays, British Generals in Blair's Wars, which contains devastating criticism from senior officers who have recently retired, but none from those still serving.

MoD accused of risking soldiers' lives by silencing generals | UK news | guardian.co.uk
(Source: The Guardian)
 

sgtpepperband

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Send Us Gunboats!

Britain must send Royal Navy warships to Gibraltar or risk the "consequences" of an increasingly aggressive Spain, the Rock’s chief minister warned last night.

Fabian Picardo told the Sunday Express: "We all recall how Argentina took the absence of the right sort of Royal Navy vessels in the South Atlantic in the Eighties as encouragement to invade. I don’t believe Spain will invade, but I am seeing Spain becoming much more assertive in these waters as a result of the absence of the right size of naval presence. This could have consequences to British sovereignty which we are all careful to avoid. I believe we need a much greater Royal Naval presence in our waters."

Send us gunboats | UK | News | Daily Express
(Source: Daily & Sunday Express)
 

sgtpepperband

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Viking warriors show their mettle as Royal Marines blast away on the Dorset ranges

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The armoured punch of the Royal Marines completed their training for the Royal Navy’s key deployment of 2013 with a week of live-fire action on the Dorset ranges. Sixteen Vikings from the Armoured Support Group will join the Cougar 13 task group as the Corps returns to its amphibious roots after a decade in the sands of Afghanistan and Iraq.

https://navynews.co.uk/archive/news/item/8405
(Source: Navy News)
 

sgtpepperband

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Japanese warships arrive in Portsmouth

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Ceremonial gunfire boomed across Portsmouth Harbour as three Japanese warships entered the city. JDS Kashima, JDS Shirayuki, and JDS Isoyuki are part of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force Training Squadron. They are visiting Portsmouth this week as part of a global deployment.

With a number of cadets embarked, they will visit the training establishments of HMS Sultan in Gosport and HMS Collingwood in Fareham.

Members of the public can go on board JDS Isoyuki on Wednesday between 10am and 4pm.

Japanese warships arrive in Portsmouth - Defence - Portsmouth News
(Source: Pompey News)
 
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sgtpepperband

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Deal could involve former naval land being handed over
Portsmouth's council leader has stepped up the city’s bid to get millions of pounds of funding for further regeneration.
Gerald Vernon-Jackson met government ministers to discuss the terms of the local authority’s joint City Deal application with Southampton City Council. He said land at Horsea Island and Tipner Firing Range could be taken from the Ministry of Defence and used to create 3,900 jobs in the maritime sector and build 2,000 homes. Up to £120m from Portsmouth City Council and £441m from the private sector could be invested into the project. A further £42m is needed.

Deal could involve former naval land being handed over - Local - Portsmouth News
(Source: Pompey News)
 

frogman007

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Deal could involve former naval land being handed over
Portsmouth's council leader has stepped up the city’s bid to get millions of pounds of funding for further regeneration.
Gerald Vernon-Jackson met government ministers to discuss the terms of the local authority’s joint City Deal application with Southampton City Council. He said land at Horsea Island and Tipner Firing Range could be taken from the Ministry of Defence and used to create 3,900 jobs in the maritime sector and build 2,000 homes. Up to £120m from Portsmouth City Council and £441m from the private sector could be invested into the project. A further £42m is needed.

Deal could involve former naval land being handed over - Local - Portsmouth News
(Source: Pompey News)
End of Horsea? Shame it's nicely tucked away from all the idiots and therefore nicely relaxed.
 

sgtpepperband

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Ships celebrate the birth of a new prince

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Sailors on deployments around the world celebrated the birth of the royal baby.

Ships, at home or at sea, are flying the Royal Navy Ensign from their main masts to mark the arrival of the prince. The ship’s companies of Portsmouth-based frigates HMS Kent and HMS Lancaster also added their own congratulations by spelling out the word ‘boy’ on their flight decks.

Ships celebrate the birth of a new prince - Defence - Portsmouth News
(Source: Pompey News)
 

sgtpepperband

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Destroyer impresses sailors

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The Royal Navy’s newest commissioned warship has played host to 36 Japanese sailors who are in Portsmouth this week.HMS Defender, one of six Type 45 destroyers, opened her gangway to the newly-commissioned officers from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force. Most of the sailors are from JDS Kashima, one of three Japanese warships visiting the city this week.

Destroyer impresses sailors - Defence - Portsmouth News
(Source: Pompey News)
 

sgtpepperband

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Brecon challenge

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Sailors and Royal Marines tackled a two-day challenge across the Brecon Beacons in South Wales as part of their leadership and adventurous training skills. They had to walk, cycle, and sail in a challenging test across two days.

The Portsmouth-based HMS Westminster was the fastest in the intermediate category, which meant they had to walk 23km, cycle 29km, and sail for 500m.

Brecon challenge - Defence - Portsmouth News
(Source: Pompey News)
 

sgtpepperband

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Former Royal Navy man backs appeal
A former military man from Norfolk who left the services in 1955 has spoken of his gratitude for the help he has received from a veterans' charity.
Jack Pulfer is now backing Blind Veterans UK's No One Alone campaign which aims to find others who are eligible for the charity's support but may not realise they are entitled to help.


Former Royal Navy man backs appeal - Regional - Bedford Today
(Source: Bedford Today)
Former Royal Navy man backs appeal - News - Northamptonshire Telegraph
(Source: Northamptonshire Telegraph)
 
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