• UK reduces risk from programmes

    UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) procurement officials appear to have had some success in driving risk out of several high-profile programmes, with the number ‘red-flagged’ by the UK’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) dropping from five to one over the past year, according

  • UK to contribute long-range reconnaissance group to MINUSMA

    The British Army will contribute a 250-strong long-range reconnaissance task group to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) from 2020, UK Secretary of Defence Penny Mordaunt announced on 22 July. “The UK contribution will provide improved situational

  • US and Venezuelan aircraft square off over Caribbean waters

    A US Navy Lockheed EP-3 Aries II surveillance aircraft was shadowed by a Venezuelan Sukhoi Su-30 ‘Flanker’ fighter on 19 July while flying over Caribbean waters. The US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) stated that the EP-3 was flying over international waters and that the Sukhoi behaved in

  • US express ‘concern’ over Chinese ‘interference’ in South China Sea

    The US Department of State has expressed “concern” over reports of what it described as China’s “interference with oil and gas activities in the South China Sea (SCS), including Vietnam’s long-standing exploration and production activities”. “China’s

  • Amphibious Assault Ship Tripoli completes builder’s trials

    The amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7) successfully completed its builder’s trials, shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) confirmed 22 July after the ship had spent the previous four days in the Gulf of Mexico, testing the ship’s main propulsion, combat, and other

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