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For anyone who knew AAGF I regret to inform you of his passing.
Andy passed away last night peacefully in his sleep.
He was a great friend a gentleman and one of life's great characters, with a warm heart and an open house for all his friends.
I for one will miss him dearly after staying with his partner and him for a wonderful holiday in Florida where he retired too.
He was originally from the Kyle of Lochalsh in Scotland.
ARRSE won't be the same without you.
Up to 50 cruise missiles targeting a Syrian airbase in response to chemical attacks, announced on the BBC website at 02:30.
Oh heck, what will this lead to over the coming days, a shedload of grief I imagine?
Trump did seem to be cosying up to Vladimir Putin recently, I do wonder if the Russians will respond with words or actions.
Syria war: US launches missile strikes following chemical 'attack' - BBC News
ETA. This has already been mentioned on the Syria thread, so Mods please delete if you wish.
Now, call me a non-conformist, carrier hating crustacean. However, despite this doubtless getting a stiff ignoring in the press, I'd see the arrival of RFA Tidespring as being every bit as important to UK Defence as the impending QE trials!
Incidentally, will the wardroom in the ship be called 'The MARS Bar'?
Launched this morning at 00.01hrs.
Transition, intervention and liaison mental health service for armed forces personnel approaching discharge and veterans
On 1 April 2017, NHS England launched the transition, intervention and liaison (TIL) mental health service for armed forces personnel approaching discharge and veterans.
The following providers have been appointed to deliver this service under a three year contract:
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (covering Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and the South West of England) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (covering South East of England and London) Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (covering the Midlands and East of England) Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (covering the North of England).
Glad to see its NHS run as I am a firm believer it should be rather than charity led.
Guido breaking news
Man Shot at Parliament - Guido Fawkes
And no I'm not speculating on anything....
Probably been done already, but with the end of production for Defenders, any idea what will replace the Land Rover as a GS soft skin vehicle once stocks have dried up? Foxhound replaces the Snatch variant, and Jackal the WMIK but nothing as of yet seems to have been mentioned regarding regular vehicles. I can see WF 4x4s as a replacement, but what then of FFRs or BFAs?
Screening soldiers doesn’t protect them from mental illness
I just saw this posted on Twitter and thought it odd. I'd have thought screening would be useful.
Prof. Wessely does have a very valid point about labelling people and we do of course see people wanting or claiming ptsd to excuse an act.
Are people surprised by this, has anyone been screened, what do people think, what else could be done?
In the year following our 70th birthday the Forces Pension Society stands alone – hugely respected, pre-eminent and unchallenged in our knowledge Armed Forces pensions. Pensions are our business, and no-one knows the service pensions world like we do; for 70 years we have been helping our Members with their queries about the pensions they receive and the pensions they are likely to receive in the future. We deal with thousands of such enquiries every year and the Society is told time and time again that it understands this world like no one else, and that the advice it gives is unique – clear, accurate, independent and confidential.
Because we deal with pensions all the time, we are able to spot cases which have not been dealt with properly, or where the rules are being applied unfairly; and we take these up with the Ministry of Defence. We have successfully lobbied the MoD on a number of issues, sometimes behind-the-scenes and sometimes in public. We were very successful in 2015...
Interesting speech from the Commander of UK Maritime Forces the other night. Its not all doom and gloom, I except more in the way of ships is needed, manpower needs to increase, however its not the end of the RN as the Daily Wail would have us believe.
Commander UK Maritime Forces speech at Palace of Westminster | Royal Navy
Or have I fallen for some Mod UK spin?
The army is launching a new recruitment drive with the first adverts airing tomorrow Sat.
Two of which can be seen in the Telegraph link.
New Army recruitment campaign to promote 'friendship' - BBC News
Army fights troops shortfall with new recruitment ads about camaraderie
A really interesting pair of articles here, showing how the US offered the RAF Stealth Fighters in the 80s and 90s as a GR4 replacement. Presumably the answer 'no' came about because the realisation was that to do so would kill the UK aerospace industry, and Typhoon and actually do more long term damage to UK interests than would be gained. But a fascinating bit of work (and a good reason why I do rather like the Guardian when its not in self righteous morally preachy and never wrong (or as I like to call it JohnG) mode).
Keep the French in the dark: Thatcher's secret push for US military technology
In 1986 U.S. President Ronald Reagan offered Britain the F-117 stealth jet
A Rhine Army beer fest to remember the good old days of BAOR/BFG, when you used to go down town drink your own bodyweight in beer, get back to the unit for 6am, breakfast by 7am parade by 8pm and still do another days hard work before you did it all again the next night, we are more moderate these days, but still like a pint or 2!
BAOR/BFG equipment, such as Chieftain, Centurion, Centurion AVRE, Saracen, 432, Saladin, Stalwart, Sultan and Scorpion, laid on by the museum, backed up by anything we can bring along, There will be German beer tents, and other German food stalls selling Bratwursts, Currywursts, Fikkadelle,s Etc and a Dance night in a barn, with BAOR/BFG era music, if it goes well it could be a yearly event. 500 Tickets are available for the first year, growing to 800 tickets in year 2 if first year is successful, If you would like to go then put your requirement for tickets on the event poll at the link at bottom of this page.
Tickets will be £30 per person
So sat peacefully watching tele, half way through my first can of Belgian white wine and the news refers to the Royal Navy stables, wtf? Sea horses maybe?
Anyway for a start let's cut that, my list of cuts tradition has stopped us from making, none of which would effect Army capability:
Have just one large regiment of foot guards
Funding the ACF
Sell town centre AR centre, build cheap properly designed ones out of town.
Get rid of all the horses
50% reduction in OF5 +
Blue helicopter thingy.
Spect this will go exactly as I think
Well, it was kind of inevitable I suppose but it seems that two paratroopers who allegedly shot Joe McCann as he fled from the RUC in 1972 have been charged.
Ex-para who may face court over IRA man's death slams justice system - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Shame our wonderful politicians didn't make sure that the GFA amnesty didn't cover all participants and all crimes whether charges had been brought or not. We'd have had to suck up a couple of their murdering bastards getting away scot free but it would have nipped this bullshit in the bud.
Douglas Murray summed it up perfectly in the Spectator:-
Tony Blair's IRA amnesty should also apply to British soldiers | Coffee House
A2020 Refine seems to have been published, with a statement from Fallon here:
Strategic Defence and Security Review - Army:Written statement - HCWS367
Hard to interpret some of the detail, but it seems as though KRH are changing role and will form part of the first strike brigade. It's not clear if the HCR will need to change role to form the Lt Cav element of that brigade as well.
HQ 102 Log Bde, 32 Reg RA, 35 Eng Regt, Headquarters 64 Works Gp RE, 2 Med Reg, Headquarters 4 Regt RMP, 33 Field Hospital and 104,105 and 106 Bn REME are all being removed from the orbat.
Two additional reserve battalions and two infantry battalions becoming specialist. In both cases one of them is RIFLES, because this is a Carter plan and he's as tribal as they come.
Gents, spurred on by the thread about Normandy, I thought I'd start a separate thread to post various memories of stories told to us by our grandparents (or parents in some cases) about what they got up to during the war. I'm probably the last generation of kids who went to school and played 'war' at primary school and told stories of what my grandad did in the war to try and sound cooler than other kids grandparents.
These stories now run the risk of being lost as oral history. So here are a few of my own families stories relating to a Rifleman - feel free to add your own! The stories below are recorded with the IWM, so if you still have elderly relatives from WW2 who like talking about their experience, give the IWM a shout so that they can capture their memories for posterity too.
My grandfather served as an enlisted member of the Rifle Brigade from 40-46 and saw action in Africa, Italy and Northern Europe before finishing the war in Germany. Growing up, I was told many...
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