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French AMX-10RC reconnaissance vehicles (Op Desert Shield) - photo US DoD

French AMX-10RC reconnaissance vehicles (Op Desert Shield) - photo US DoD


15.09.2016 source SHD

 

15 septembre 1798 : reddition française (Irlande). Le général Humbert à la tête de 1000 Français (débarqués le 22 aout) et de 5000 rebelles irlandais se rend aux Britanniques. La tentative française d’appuyer l’insurrection irlandaise échoue malgré quelques victoires (Killala, Ballina et Castlebar).

 

15 septembre 1812 : incendie de Moscou. Napoléon Ier étant entré dans la ville la veille, le gouverneur général de Moscou, le comte Rostopchine (père de la comtesse de Ségur), ordonne de mettre le feu à la capitale. Le Tsar a ainsi sapé la gloire de Napoléon :  la population moscovite s’est enfuie, la ville est en cendres et n’offre aucune possibilité de ravitaillement. L’hiver s’annonce. A lire Il neigeait de Patrick Rambaud.

 

15 septembre 1916 : premier engagement des « Tanks » britanniques (Secteur de Bapaume). Piétinant depuis deux mois dans leur offensive sur la Somme, les britanniques engagent pour la première fois des chars (nom de code : tanks = réservoirs) dans la région de Flers et Courcelette.  Ces engins blindés, montés sur chenille (une innovation apparue en 1905 dans le milieu agricole), se montrent capables de franchir tous les obstacles y compris les rideaux de barbelés qui protègent les tranchées. La surprise des Allemands n'est malheureusement pas exploitée. En Angleterre, les chars d'assaut sont promus par le lieutenant-colonel Ernest Swinton, qui rallie à son idée le premier Lord de l'Amirauté, Winston Churchill. En France, le promoteur des chars d'assaut est le général d'artillerie Jean-Baptiste Estienne (1860-1934), qui a été aussi parmi les premiers à comprendre l'intérêt militaire de l'aviation. Mais les résistances du ministère de l'Armement ne permettront de mettre en ligne les premiers chars français que le 16 avril 1917, dans des conditions au demeurant décevantes. Les Allemands attendront la fin de la guerre pour se laisser convaincre par cette nouvelle technique. Une cérémonie commémore aujourd’hui ce premier engagement au Mémorial national néo-zélandais de Longueval.

 

15 septembre 1918 : offensive de rupture du front de Macédoine. « L’offensive du groupe d’armées alliées d’Orient (général Franchet d’Espérey) est commencée par une attaque de rupture menée par les 1ère et 2ème armées serbes renforcées de deux divisions françaises (11ème DIC et 122ème DI), appuyées par une artillerie française considérable déployée loin à l’avant et en altitude, contre les positions bulgares du massif de la Moglena, dans le triangle de montagnes formé entre les cours du Vardar et de la Crna Reka (littéralement la « rivière noire »). L’attaque piétine jusqu’au milieu de journée mais la saisie par hasard et par la 3ème Cie du 54ème RIC (Cne Cazeille), du piton de Kravica qui commande toutes les crêtes et toutes les liaisons de la position bulgare, permet aux Serbes de la Choumadia de déboucher, faisant tomber toutes les positions entre le Sokol et les Vetreniks, permettant aux divisions serbes de 2ème échelon de passer les lignes dès le soir et de lancer une poursuite qui ne s’arrêtera qu’à Belgrade (600 kilomètres plus loin) le 3 novembre, provoquant par ricochet la demande d’armistice du 11 novembre ». COL Christophe de L. (EMS)

 

15 septembre 1950 : débarquement à Inchon des troupes de l’ONU (Corée).

 

15 septembre 1958 : « achèvement » de la ligne Morice (frontière algéro-tunisienne). Pour empêcher les intrusions du FLN en Algérie, les bataillons du génie réalisent 300 km de barrage électrifié. Jusqu’à la fin des opérations en 1962, le barrage est sans cesse amélioré, le tracé linéaire initial de 1957 faisant peu à peu place à un dispositif en profondeur, la « nasse » comprenant plusieurs réseaux d’alerte, de freinage et d’arrêt reliés par un maillage de pistes. Il aura pleinement rempli son rôle de rendre étanche la frontière, et, partant, d’asphyxier progressivement les « rebelles » de l’intérieur, laminés par ailleurs par les grandes opérations du « Plan Challe ». A partir des grandes opérations du printemps 1958, la « rébellion » ne tentera plus de grands passages. Seuls des passages individuels ou de petites unités seront tentés. LCL Claude F. (CDEF).

 

A noter la présence, de 1958 à 1961, de l’ UDSM (unité de détection au sol de la marine) sur la ligne Morice. Equipée de radars anti-mortiers efficaces jusqu’à 25km contre un piéton, l’UDSM intervient en coordination avec des pièces de 105 mm. Le secteur affecté aux 200 hommes de l’Unité de détection au sol de la marine s’étend sur 15km environ de part et d’autre des postes de Soukies et de Ben Moussa. Les missions consistent à assurer une veille optique permanente de jour et une veille radar nocturne, à prendre à partie les échos suspects, à alerter les postes de la « herse mobile » et à guider sur zone les troupes d’intervention. Merci au CF Benjamin C. (SIRPA-M).

 

15 septembre 1990 : décision présidentielle de l’opération Daguet. François Mitterrand décide d’envoyer un corps expéditionnaire aux côtés des Américains en réponse à l’invasion du Koweït par l’Irak (02 aout 1990) et au saccage de l’ambassade de France à Koweït City (14 septembre 1990). La division Daguet comptera jusqu’à 12 000 hommes.

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2 YORKS Put On Impressive Live-Firing Display Despite Sub-Zero Chill


21 janv. 2016 Forces TV

 

2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS) have been in action in Northumbria.

The live firing exercise on the Otterburn training area was all part of their new light mechanised infantry role.

It's been a challenging time for the battalion who have had to squeeze two years of training into just five months.

The sub-zero temperatures only added to the testing ranges.

There are two main live firing range areas, at Otterburn and Redesdale, for artillery, demolitions, all infantry weapons and restricted armoured vehicle firing.
 

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photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD


21 déc. 2015 Defence HQ

 

In October 2015, the British Army staged a brigade level exercise as part of a Land Combat Power Visit on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire.

Many different armoured vehicles and weapons were on display, with different scenarios played out for both defensive and offensive situations in front of an audience of senior defence personnel, civil servants and diplomats.

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Challenger II tanks will be support by the company under the agreement Photo: British Army - Uk MoD

Challenger II tanks will be support by the company under the agreement Photo: British Army - Uk MoD

 

19 Nov 2015 By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor - telegraph.co.uk

 

Cook Defence Systems' contract to support British Army vehicles with tank tracks secures 110 jobs

 

The British Army’s tanks and armoured vehicles will be kept rolling by Cook Defence Systems (CDS) after the privately owned business secured a £70m deal with the Ministry of Defence.

The Country Durham-based business has landed a four-year deal to support vehicles including the Army’s Challenger II main battle tanks, Warrior armoured personnel carriers and Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles with replacement tracks.

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Tough Safety Tests For Artillery In Germany

16.11.2015 by Forces TV

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Fallingbostel farewell parade. Dominic King, photo UK MOD

Fallingbostel farewell parade. Dominic King, photo UK MOD

 

5 November 2015 Ministry of Defence and Defence Infrastructure Organisation

 

The final Field Army units will return from Germany in 2019.

 

The final units, including those from 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade, currently based around Paderborn and Sennelager in Germany, will return to their new home on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire in the final phase of the Army Basing Programme.

In line with commitments made in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the Army Basing Programme has already successfully relocated around 74% of personnel from Germany since 2010, with over 5,000 Service personnel, plus their families, having returned to the UK this summer. All of the Unit moves planned for 2016 and 2017 will go ahead as planned.

The timing of the move has been confirmed ahead of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review to provide certainty to Army and civilian personnel, and their families, allowing them to plan for the future.

Major General Alastair Dickinson CBE, Director of Army Basing and Infrastructure said:

By confirming the timetable to bring the final units back from Germany to their new home on Salisbury Plain in 2019, we are providing our Service personnel and their families with greater certainty to allow them to plan for their futures. It also allows us to finalise our plans with Wiltshire Council and industry partners who will deliver the supporting infrastructure in the UK.

In Germany we will continue to deliver the high quality of services and facilities that our personnel and their families need so they are well supported until they move.

This is a significant milestone in delivering the Army’s structure as set out in the last SDSR.

While fewer personnel will remain in Germany after 2019, Germany will remain one of our most valued NATO and European partners, and we will continue to intensify and deepen our security and defence relationship with them.

Both the Army and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) will continue to work with Wiltshire Council, local and industry partners, to make sure that the accommodation, infrastructure and services needed by our Service personnel and their families are in place. In Germany, work will continue with the Federal Authorities to hand-back the German estate.

Colin Wood MBE, Defence Infrastructure Organisation Chief Operating Officer said:

Our priority is to provide a better estate for our Armed Forces and this will allow us to finalise our plans for brand new living and working accommodation for troops and their families.

The MOD is investing more than £800 million in infrastructure in and around the Salisbury Plain area. This will boost the local economy and provide some 1,000 brand new homes for Service families, thousands of new bed spaces for single soldiers and the construction, conversion or refurbishment of more than 250 other buildings such as offices, garages, workshops and Mess facilities.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council said:

Since the Army Basing Programme was first announced, we have been working closely with the Army, the DIO and partner organisations to ensure the necessary community infrastructure including improvements to schools, roads and leisure is in place. The confirmation of when Service personnel will arrive provides a clear timetable to put in place these plans which we have been sharing with local communities.

We look forward to welcoming service personnel and their families and, as well as providing the infrastructure needed, we will also do all we can to help them to be part of the local community as they make their home in Wiltshire.

The Units that will move from Germany in 2016 are 5 RIFLES to Bulford, 6 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps to Dishforth and elements of 1 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps to Bicester. The Units moving in 2017 are 102 and 105 Military Working Dog Squadrons to North Luffenham.

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photo British Army

photo British Army

 

04.11.2015 par Aerobuzz.fr

 

Le ministère britannique de la défense confirme qu’un drone Watchkeeper s’est écrasé, à l’atterrissage, le 2 novembre 2015, lors d’un vol d’entrainement. L’accident s’est déroulé sur le terrain militaire de Boscombe Down (Grande-Bretagne) où sont basés 8 Watchkeeper.

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photo Richard Seymour Thales UK

photo Richard Seymour Thales UK

 

Nov 3, 2015 defence-blog.com

 

An unmanned UK Army spyplane has crashed landed at MOD Boscombe Down. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the Watchkeeper drone — one of eight currently being tested from the base — suffered extensive damage last night. The £1.2billion fleet of drones is under testing and it is expected to come into operation in 2017. Nobody was injured in the incident and an investigation has been launched.

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photo WB Electronics S.A.

photo WB Electronics S.A.

 

October 28, 2015: Strategy Page

 

The British Army WH450 Watchkeeper UAV acquired weapons (Hellfire and smaller missiles) in 2015. Britain finally got Watchkeeper, its own locally made large UAV operational in late 2013 and since 2014 some have been seen in Afghanistan. This has been a long time coming because it was back in 2006 that the British began developing the Watchkeeper UAV and by 2010 got one airborne for the first time. The Watchkeeper 180 and the Watchkeeper 450 are both based on Israeli designs (the Hermes 180 and 450). The two Watchkeepers were supposed to be ready for service in 2010, but various problems delayed that until the end of 2013. The smaller 180 model was dropped and work continued on the Predator sized 450.

 

The Watchkeeper 450 is a 450 kg (992 pound) aircraft with a payload of 150 kg. It was always capable of carrying Hellfire missiles, as the Israeli Hermes 450 it is based upon is able to carry two Hellfire type missiles. Until 2015 Watchkeeper did not have a weapons capability but that changed as it became clear that armed UAVs were very useful battlefield weapons. The Watchkeeper is also designed to carry two extra fuel tanks under its wings as well as a radar in addition to the usual day/night vidcams. Each of these radar pods or fuel tanks weighs more than the 50 kg (110 pound) Hellfire missile.

 

The Watchkeeper 450 is 6.5 meters (20 feet) long and has an 11.3 meter (35 foot) wingspan. It can stay in the air for up to 20 hours per sortie and fly as high as 6,500 meters (20,000 feet). The Hermes 450 is the primary UAV for the Israeli armed forces, and twenty or more were in action each day during the 2006 war in Lebanon and even more during the 2008 and 2014 operations in Gaza. Thirty Watchkeeper 450s have already been delivered to the British Army, with a 24 more on order.

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Les Challenger 2 devraient enfin faire l'objet d'un programme de modernisation visant à étendre leur durée de vie jusqu'à l'horizon 2035 - photo UK MoD

Les Challenger 2 devraient enfin faire l'objet d'un programme de modernisation visant à étendre leur durée de vie jusqu'à l'horizon 2035 - photo UK MoD

 

13 octobre, 2015 par Nathan Gain (FOB)

 

Moderniser ou remplacer, tel est le dilemne face auquel de trop nombreuses armées modernes se retrouvent confrontées en ces temps d’économies (forcées). Un choix cornélien qui n’épargne personne, mêmes les plus grandes armées actuelles ; à l’image d’une armée britannique sur le point de déterminer l’avenir de son parc de chars Challenger 2. Face à un programme d’achat jugé économiquement inenvisageable, le ministère de la défense britannique semble en effet s’être résolument tourné vers ce qui semble avoir toujours été son plan A, à savoir la prolongation de la durée de vie des Challenger. La date de sortie de service de ceux-ci devrait donc être déplacée de 2025 à 2035. « Toutes les options, allant de ne rien faire du tout à l’achat d’un nouveau tank, ont été étudiées durant la phase de concept du projet « CR2 Life Extension Project ». En l’état, il est très peu probable que l’armée [britannique] choisisse la solution consistant en la fabrication et l’achat d’un nouveau char de combat. Une décision définitive sera bientôt prise concernant les Challenger 2, et la phase d’évaluation du projet « CR2 LEP » devrait en conséquence commencer début 2016, » a récemment déclaré un porte-parole du ministère de la défense britannique.

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photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD

 

12 October 2015 Ministry of Defence

 

Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton has visited Nigeria to see UK military personnel training the Nigeria Armed Forces.

 

General Sir Nicholas Houghton also met with senior Nigerian government officials to discuss how the UK might optimise the training support it can offer.

 

The UK has a resident British Military Advisory and Training Team (BMATT) in the African nation, which has grown in size since former Foreign Secretary William Hague announced last summer that the UK would increase its training and capacity building support to the Nigerian military to help it counter the violent extremist organisation known as Boko Haram.

 

Supported by the deployment of a growing number of short-term training teams (STTT), the BMATT is helping to deliver an expanding training programme to all three services of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

 

More than 100 UK military personnel have deployed to Nigeria already this year on training tasks ranging from one to eight weeks in length, providing training and advice in a number of niche areas such as countering improved explosive devices, infantry patrolling skills, civil-military cooperation and command and leadership. This number will grow as the UK continues to expand its offer of assistance.

 

UK personnel currently deployed in Nigeria are helping to train Nigerian troops who will deploy on operations against Boko Haram in the north-east.

 

General Sir Nicholas Houghton visited them to see their work after holding routine meetings, with President Muhammadu Buhari, and senior Nigerian military officials, in which he praised the ‘remarkable progress’ of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the last two months, and offered to intensify UK help and support.

 

Whilst the UK is helping to deliver pre-deployment training for counter-insurgency operations, our package of support is not all about Boko Haram and the BMATT is working closely with Nigerian military training schools and academies, helping to build longer term capacity as part of our enduring Defence relationship.

 

Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton said:

    I was extremely pleased to visit our military training team in Nigeria and see, first-hand, the excellent work being carried out by our troops with Nigerian forces.

    The visit has also provided an opportunity to discuss the security challenges that Nigeria faces with senior members of the Nigerian Administration and Military. We are committed to strengthening our long-standing Defence relationship with Nigeria, and I hope we can increase our support in the future.

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Posé d’un groupe de commandos parachutistes (GCP) du 1er RCP sur la zone de saut de Woodbridge. Photo J. Bardenet Armée de Terre

Posé d’un groupe de commandos parachutistes (GCP) du 1er RCP sur la zone de saut de Woodbridge. Photo J. Bardenet Armée de Terre

 

12/10/2015 armée de Terre

 

Du 28 septembre au 07 octobre 2015, près de 1 400 soldats de la 11e brigade parachutiste et de la 16th air assault  brigade ont participé à un exercice binational dans le sud-est du Royaume-Uni.

 

L’exercice avait pour but de poursuivre l’entrainement d’une force d’intervention rapide franco-britannique composée de deux bataillons d’infanterie aéroportée et d’éléments d’appui et de soutien. L’état-major est binational, la nation ayant le commandement fournit 70 % des effectifs.

 

Eagle Amarante a rassemblé 1 400 militaires dont 350 soldats français issus des brigades parachutistes, d’aérocombat, logistique et du renseignement. Cet exercice découle du traité de Lancaster House signé en 2010 par la France et la Grande Bretagne. Il vise notamment à renforcer la coopération des deux nations dans le domaine de la Défense.

 

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Thales remporte un contrat de 54 M£ pour fournir le système de visée tireur des véhicules blindés SCOUT

 

September 15, 2015 Thales Group

 

Thales annonce la signature d’un contrat de 54 M£ avec Lockheed Martin UK Ltd, pour fournir le système de visée stabilisée jour/nuit DNGS-T3 destiné à la phase de production du programme Specialist Vehicle (SV) SCOUT du ministère de la Défense britannique. Le système sera intégré sur la tourelle sur le site de Lockheed Martin à Ampthill, Bedfordshire au Royaume-Uni.

 

Dans le cadre de ce contrat, Thales fournira 245 systèmes DNGS-T3 pour équiper la variante reconnaissance du véhicule spécialisé britannique SCOUT SV. Ce système établit un nouveau standard mondial en termes de visée balistique destinée aux véhicules blindés de nouvelle génération ou aux programmes de retrofit des véhicules plus anciens.

Ce système stabilisé 2-axes, équipé d’une caméra thermique infra-rouge de premier ordre et d’un télémètre laser, est entièrement intégré à l’architecture numérique du véhicule. DNGS-T3 permet au chef de bord d’adopter un rôle défensif ou offensif, en fonction des impératifs du scénario opérationnel.

La phase de production du programme mis en œuvre par le ministère de la Défense britannique (MoD) portera sur une période de cinq ans (2016-2021), et tous les équipements seront produits sur le site optronique de Thales, à Glasgow, avec à la clé 40 emplois hautement qualifiés dans l’ingénierie et la production.

Ce nouveau succès fait suite au contrat de 125 M£ récemment attribué à Thales par General Dynamics UK Ltd. pour fournir les systèmes de visée primaire et les systèmes d’appréciation de la situation (LSA) permettant à l’équipage de disposer d’une vision à 360°. Thales et Lockheed Martin UK apportent un soutien total à General Dynamics UK Ltd. afin de maximiser la disponibilité opérationnelle et l’efficacité à long terme des véhicules spécialisés SCOUT destinés au programme du ministère de la Défense britannique.

- See more at: https://www.thalesgroup.com/fr/worldwide/press-release/thales-remporte-un-contrat-de-54-mps-pour-fournir-le-systeme-de-visee-tireur#sthash.lJiqwQIM.dpuf
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The Future Soldier Vision



16 sept. 2015 by Defence HQ

 

Sensor-laden body armour, a smart watch that monitors life signs and smart glasses with integrated cameras are all part of a futuristic design for military uniforms, unveiled today.

The Future Soldier Vision (FSV) is part of the Ministry of Defence’s plan to ensure that British soldiers of the future have high quality equipment, utilising the latest technologies. Today’s unveiling shows what a soldier could be wearing and using on the battlefield in the 2020s, based on current military research and emerging commercial technology.

The first phase of the concept has been developed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) with industry partners Kinneir Dufort and SEA Ltd with the British Army. It will be on display at the Future Soldier Showcase at DSEI, in the Land Zone.

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The British Army trains 31 Egyptian Army officers on EOD

 

01 July 2015 by defenceWeb

 

On 17 June 31 Egyptian Army officers from the Egyptian Explosive Ordinance Disposal Brigade completed an intensive two week Counter Improvised Explosive Device Search training package in the United Kingdom run by the UK’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal experts 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD).

 

The Egyptian officers were praised by their British instructors for their professionalism, enthusiasm and desire to learn, the UK embassy said. The course, based upon the British Army’s Advanced Search Courses, was designed and tailored to the needs of the Egyptian Armed Forces and the challenges they face, and allowed both sides to share the lessons of their recent operational experiences.

 

The course provided the students with a framework with which to precisely analyse intelligence and the threat in a given area and use it to design a safe and sophisticated plan that they then executed on the ground. This knowledge will be used by the Egyptian Army to foster a deep understanding of IEDs in modern day warfare, and how they can be defeated, the embassy said.

 

The students, ranging from Lieutenant to Brigadier, were set to return to Egypt to develop a Counter Improvised Explosive Device Search capability in the Egyptian Army.

 

The UK course instructor said that, “The Egyptian officers were vastly experienced: watching them apply the UK concepts of Search to scenarios they’ve faced in real life was incredibly rewarding. This training represented an opportunity for both nations to improve their understanding of the threats they face”.

 

Ambassador John Casson said that “Egyptian soldiers in Sinai today face the same terrorist IED threat that British soldiers faced for many years in Afghanistan. It is good that British and Egyptian experts are now exchange their professional skills and experience to defeat this deadly threat. We will not leave Egypt to face this murderous violence alone.”

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Modern And Flexible Forces Required For Army Of The Future


1 juil. 2015 by Forces TV

 

In Rosie Laydon's report, General Sir Nick Carter explains how flexible working hours and a force able to take on a technological-savvy enemy must be a priority for a modern Army in the 21st century.

The plans were announced by the Chief of the General Staff at the annual Land Warfare Conference in London.

Soldiers will be given the opportunity to job share, work part-time or choose flexible hours in a bid to double the number of female troops.

Flexible working hours will be introduced from 3 September but will not apply to people in units, on military operations, or are about to be deployed.

General Carter said: "If you are working in a job that is not at high readiness in an operational unit there is absolutely no reason why you should not perhaps be able to parade a bit later in the morning so that you children will be able to be dropped at the school."

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Household Cavalry Make Way For The Royal Horse Artillery


30 juin 2015 Forces TV

 

One of London’s star attractions will be looking a little different from today.

The sparkling armour and plumed helmets of the Household Cavalry make way for the brilliant, black, red and gold of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

They are taking over Queen's Guard in central London today.

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The Gurkhas: 200 Years of Service


18 juin 2015 by NATO

 

For 200 years, the Gurkhas have served with the British Army. Their numbers currently stand at around three and a half thousand.

While the UK has recently hosted ceremonies to mark the anniversary, soldiers from the 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles have been in Latvia taking part in Exercise Saber Strike, which involves 6000 military personnel from 13 nations.

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Op Toral: Sandhurst in the Sand


18 juin 2015 by FORCES TV

 

Building work at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Kabul is finished, and the first cadets are moving in.

The Academy is funded by the UK, and represents an enduring commitment to the country.

A team of British troops help the Afghan instructors train the cadets. They are deployed under the UK mission, Op Toral.

Modelled on the British Sandhurst, the Academy has been dubbed “Sandhurst in the Sand”.

In the third of her special reports from Kabul, Charlotte Cross went to take a look.

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23 Parachute Engineer Regiment Celebrate New Name

 

17 juin 2015 by Forces TV

 

23 Parachute Engineer Regiment provides, close and general engineer support to 16 Air Assault Brigade. The Regiment is held at a very high state of readiness and regularly called upon to deploy on operations across the globe. Insertion can be by parachute, helicopter or fixed wing aircraft.

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26 Regiment Gunners Prepare For New NATO Role



3 juin 2015 by Forces TV

 

In just over eighteen months Britain will lead a rapidly deployable multinational formation intended to deter any Russian threat to NATO territory in the wake of the Ukraine conflict.

The Very High Readiness Joint Task Force is also known as the Spearhead and the Royal Artillery will provide much of the firepower.

The Gunners of 26 Regiment have already started preparing for a new role which will be a big change after years of operations in Afghanistan.

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Axes, Aprons and Beards: Meet the Pioneer Sergeant


4 juin 2015 by Forces TV

 

We meet up with a British Army Pioneer Sergeant. The rank is the only one in the Army that's allowed a full beard on parade. Not only that but they carry an axe in place of a gun.

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photo British Army


28 mai 2015 by Forces TV

 

Probably the best known, and to their adversaries the most feared, body of fighting men in the British Army, Gurkhas were first recruited to serve the British Crown 200 years ago in 1815 and for all those years their signature weapon has remained the Kukri.

In that time, these young men, from the Nepalese hills, have fought in all the major wars where the British Army has been deployed. Winning an extraordinary number of medals for bravery, the Regiment has also won an extraordinary romantic place in the hearts of British people.

This book, written by Major General J C Lawrence CBE, with a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales and an introduction by Joanna Lumley OBE, is the complete visual history of Britain s Gurkhas and the mystique that surrounds them.

 

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Defence Secretary Michael Fallon: My key defence priorities

Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP Secretary of State for Defence visited Army HQ in Andover  to speak to senior officers on his plans for Defence over the next five years of Conservative Government. He was met by General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of General Staff. The Secretary of State emphasised the need for the Army to remain 'ready' to deter against threats and protect the UK and our NATO allies.

 

MOD News Team, 18 May 2015 — Ministerial comment

 

It was a great honour to be asked by the Prime Minister to accept again the role of Defence Secretary. Continuity is important, but make no mistake: this is a new Government, elected with a clear mandate to implement the Conservative manifesto.

 

When the Prime Minister re-appointed me, he stressed just how important he believes our role is in Defence. We are here to deliver.

 

The incredible VE Day 70 celebrations recalled the triumph of the forces of freedom over the forces of fascism. We need no reminding that the world today remains an equally dangerous place. In the Middle East, ISIL barbarians perpetrate atrocity after atrocity while, on the fringes of Europe, an aggressive Russia agitates against the Ukraine and threatens NATO. Meanwhile, other disasters both natural and man-made continue to demand our response.

 

In just the last few weeks, our roster of activity has included:

    targeting terrorists in Iraq

    policing Baltic skies

    supplying equipment to Ukrainian forces

    taking part in the largest ever NATO anti-submarine exercise off Estonia

    assisting in the relief effort in Nepal

    and sending HMS Bulwark and three of our Merlin helicopters to the Mediterranean to alleviate the migrant crisis

 

It is critical for us to remain ready respond to concurrent crises on multiple fronts in the future. That’s why I have identified three key priorities in the coming months.

 

First, to take a leading role in the Strategic Defence and Security Review. This will enable us to establish where, when and from whom future threats may come.

 

Second, to make sure we have the right capabilities to do the job. That means getting the right mix of manpower in our Armed Forces - whether Regulars, Reserves or civilians. That means making the most of our £163bn Equipment Plan to give our Armed Forces the high-end capability they need. And it means ensuring we maintain our Continuous-At-Sea Deterrence by building the next generation of Successor submarines.

 

Lastly, my third priority is to strengthen our international partnerships. Global problems require global solutions. We need to do everything we can to work bi-laterally with our partners such as the US and France – and I will be speaking to my counterparts in those countries this week. We also need to work multilaterally, with NATO – the cornerstone of our Defence, and with our other European partners.

 

Ultimately, success in all these areas depends on the quality of our people both military and civilian. That is why I am going out and about to meet our staff up and down the country.  I’ve already spoken already to Defence colleagues in London, Andover and High Wycombe.

 

That is why we will be building on the success of our Armed Forces Covenant, ensuring Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families continue to get the resources they need. And that is why we will be acting decisively to ensure our Armed Forces overseas are not subject to persistent human rights claims that undermine their ability to do their job.

 

So there’s an enormous amount to be getting on with. But there's a mandate behind our momentum. And make no mistake, we will inject all our energy and enthusiasm into the task. Doing everything in our power to guarantee the safety, the security and the prosperity of citizens across the United Kingdom.

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photo Armée de Terre

 

28/04/2015 Armée de Terre

 

Du 17 au 22 avril, la 4e compagnie du 25e régiment du génie de l’air (25e RGA) a effectué son contrôle opérationnel sur l’ancienne base aérienne canadienne de Vouziers-Séchault, dans les Ardennes.

 

Régiment de l’armée de Terre, le 25e RGA dispose d’une formation opérationnelle de l’armée de l’Air. Ces sapeurs ont notamment pour mission de permettre à l’armée de l’Air d’utiliser les pistes et zones aéroportuaires à l’étranger. La spécificité de ce régiment réside en effet dans le rétablissement du maintien en condition opérationnelle des infrastructures aéroportuaires françaises ou étrangères. Ce régiment peut ainsi rétablir ou créer des pistes en béton, latérite et autres matériaux dont il dispose.

 

L’exercice, qui s’est tenu jour et nuit et qui visait à réparer la piste semée de pièges à retardement pour permettre l’atterrissage sans encombre d’un A400M, s’est déroulé en présence d’une cinquantaine de sapeurs de l’armée britannique. Il avait pour but de certifier la capacité opérationnelle de la 4e compagnie du 25e RGA.

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