Having noted this gentle fly, and being interested in that particular conundrum, continued to watch and note the continuing complete absence of any recent indications on how that will play out.Additionally, the US Joint Programme Office (JPO) have reiterated their endorsement of Turkey remaining in the Programme.
Do you mean YPG or PKK?With Trump’s sudden declaration of withdrawal from Syria, Turkey's accelerated ingress and eagerness to deal firmly with the ‘terrorist’ YPK...
Just the information in the link provided.Any links, dates, to the JPO endorsement?
Yep, as stated, the US is actively engaged with YPG as the latter is an integral part of the SDF.
#facepalm! The RN and RAF media dudes are as bad as one another!
They're at it again:True but according to some, one lot works at it harder and more effectively than the other. Understandably, this type of headline is bound to give them more ammunition:
Evening Standard: RAF's latest multi-million-pound 'formidable' F-35 supersonic fighter planes touch down in BritainDaily Mirror: RAF's new F35 Lightning II stealth fighter jets grounded - by rough seas in the AtlanticDaily Mail: Lightning hits Britain! Four of the RAF’s new £120MILLION F-35B stealth fighters touch down to join the legendary 617 Squadron that was made famous by the Dambusters
We all know one individual who will certainly be getting hotter under his collar.
Perhaps a quiet word?
I can't see past the paywall on the Telegraph link @Dunservin but those I can all refer to 'Britain's' aircraft and point out that they'll be operated 'jointly by the RN and RAF from land and the carriers' so overall it's pretty balanced I'd say.They're at it again:
Daily Telegraph: New RAF jet 'combat ready' in face of resurgent Russia threatIndependent: RAF unveils stealth fighter as Gavin Williamson promises post-Brexit global commitment
Interesting that Meteor’s service entry was fairly muted.I can't see past the paywall on the Telegraph link @Dunservin but those I can all refer to 'Britain's' aircraft and point out that they'll be operated 'jointly by the RN and RAF from land and the carriers' so overall it's pretty balanced I'd say.
However, the announcement of our F-35Bs reaching Initial Op Capability (Land) was evidently timed to coincide with that for both the Typhoon Project Centurion (Stormshadow and Dual Mode Brimstone) being declared operational while contrasting that with the imminent retirement of the GR4. Therefore, it's probably understandable that the journos have chosen to refer to the F-35 as an 'RAF jet' just as they tend to refer to the 'RN's new jets' whenever they refer to them operating off the carriers; MoD and RAF PR can only control what they write so far.
The plans to deploy F-35s to Akrotiri on SHADER have been running for some time. While I would expect them to very much do a 'crawl, walk,run' approach to the tasking there initially, this shows the increasing confidence 617 have in the type.
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