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June 2016 - United Kingdom Special Weapons News

  • Marine-RAF team bring lightning to United Kingdom USMC News 30 Jun 2016 -- Marines with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One and a Royal Air Force pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) successfully conducted the first ever trans-Atlantic flight of the F-35B Lightning II, July 29, 2016.
  • Lightning lands in the UK UK MOD 30 Jun 2016 -- The first of Britain's new supersonic 'stealth' strike fighters has touched down in the UK for the first time.
  • Russia Seeks to Reassure Over Brexit Volatility VOA 29 Jun 2016 -- As Britain and Europe struggle to come to terms with the British vote in favor of leaving the European Union, financial markets are roiling across the globe, including in Russia.
  • UK can't cherry pick EU rules in future relationship: Hollande Press TV 29 Jun 2016 -- The UK will not be able to cherry pick the European Union's rules in its future relationship with the bloc, French President Francois Hollande says.
  • EU Leaders Rethink Future, Warn U.K. No 'A La Carte' RFE/RL 29 Jun 2016 -- European Union leaders have issued increasingly stern warnings that Britain cannot have unfettered access to the single market after withdrawing from the EU without accepting the bloc's rules on free movement.
  • Brexit's Impact on Russia Stirs Concern VOA 28 Jun 2016 -- There is growing angst over how Britain's decision to leave the European Union will impact Russia's strategic footing around the globe, but disagreement about how much it will affect Moscow, just as the West moves to curb Russian aggression in the Baltics and Syria.
  • Global Markets Take Another Drubbing On 'Brexit' Worries RFE/RL 28 Jun 2016 -- Britain's vote to leave the European Union spurred another wave of selloffs in global markets on June 27, with the British pound falling to a fresh 31-year low despite government reassurances.
  • Remarks With British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond US Dept. of State 27 Jun 2016 -- Remarks by John Kerry, Secretary of State
  • EU to Britain: No Talks Before Formal Exit Process VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- The message sent Monday by German, French and Italian leaders was clear: No formal or informal talks with Britain until it triggers Article 50 – the clause that formally sets in motion the two-year period for it to leave the European Union.
  • Kerry Reassures NATO Member Nations Over Brexit Vote VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday Britain's vote to leave the European Union (EU) will not have an adverse impact on North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) military and political prowess.
  • UK flexes military muscle in Gibraltar with nuke sub Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- The UK has sent one of its nuclear submarines to Gibraltar, amid a long-running territorial dispute with Spain that escalated after Britain's exit from the European Union (EU).
  • Germany Rules Out Informal 'Brexit' Talks Amid Diplomacy RFE/RL 27 Jun 2016 -- Germany has warned that there will be no informal talks on the conditions for Britain leaving the European Union without London filing formal notice of its intent to quit, as top EU and U.S. officials scrambled to contain the fallout from the vote.
  • UK Armed Forces help Tunisian forces fight violent extremism UK MOD 27 Jun 2016 -- UK military support to counter-IED training in Tunisia has been extended for an additional year, the Defence Secretary has announced.
  • Kerry, Leaders Warn Against Punishing Britain VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- Britain's crisis deepened Monday as British and EU officials scrambled to deal with the shock of British voters' decision to leave the European Union, and ease both anger and the uncertainty that has plunged the country into what some describe as its worst disarray since World War II.
  • Brexit Turns Britain Upside Down, Inside Out VOA 26 Jun 2016 -- Is Britain really going to break from the European Union?
  • EU Ministers Call On Britain To Quickly Start Exit Process RFE/RL 25 Jun 2016 -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says the European Union's six founding states want Britain to begin leaving the union "as soon as possible" in order to keep the bloc from being stranded in political "limbo."
  • Britain Wakes Up to Reality of Going It Alone VOA 25 Jun 2016 -- For some Britons, waking up Saturday felt like a hangover, facing the reality of the financial and political earthquake that followed the decision by the country's voters to leave the European Union.
  • After 'Brexit' Vote, Fears Of EU Losing Influential Voice On Russia RFE/RL 24 Jun 2016 -- For several years now, the Kremlin and its allies have courted Euroskeptic political movements in what has been widely seen as an effort to undermine unity in the European Union's Russia policy - including sanctions for Moscow's intervention in Ukraine.
  • U.S., UK to Maintain Close Ties; Counter-ISIL Efforts Continue AFPS 24 Jun 2016 -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter told his United Kingdom counterpart State Secretary for Defense Michael Fallon in a phone call today that the two nations will always enjoy a special relationship reflected in close defense ties -- a bedrock of U.S. security and foreign policy, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters here today.
  • UK's position in NATO remains unchanged: NATO chief People's Daily 24 Jun 2016 -- In his response to Britons voting to withdraw from the European Union(EU) on Thursday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday said the United Kingdom would retain its position in NATO despite the change in the EU's political landscape.
  • Readout from Secretary Carter's Call with UK State Secretary for Defense Michael Fallon DoD 24 Jun 2016
  • NATO Secretary General's statement on the outcome of the British referendum on the EU NATO 24 Jun 2016 -- The British people have decided to leave the European Union. As it defines the next chapter in its relationship with the EU, I know that the United Kingdom's position in NATO will remain unchanged. The UK will remain a strong and committed NATO Ally, and will continue to play its leading role in our Alliance.
  • Brexit leaves European leaders reeling Press TV 24 Jun 2016 -- European leaders have expressed dismay after Britain voted to leave the EU, triggering warnings of repercussions and fears of further calls for similar referendums.
  • UK's EU exit not onset of union collapse: Juncker Press TV 24 Jun 2016 -- The president of the European Commission, which is the executive branch of the European Union, has insisted that Britain's vote to withdraw from the EU is not the beginning of the end for 28-nation bloc.
  • British Vote To Leave European Union, Sending World Markets Into Turmoil RFE/RL 24 Jun 2016 -- The United Kingdom has chosen to leave the European Union, a bombshell result that roiled world markets, prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to announce his resignation, and sowed deep doubts about the fate of the 28-member bloc.
  • British Voters Choose to Exit EU, PM Cameron to Step Down VOA 24 Jun 2016 -- Britain has made a historic decision to leave the European Union in a referendum that stoked passions on issues of immigration and sovereignty, and prompted the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron.
  • Brussels Demands Immediate 'Brexit' Negotiations to Limit Fallout VOA 24 Jun 2016 -- After the global shock caused by Britain's vote to leave the European Union, EU officials in Brussels are scrambling to contain the economic and political damage.
  • Global Leaders Lament Britain's Choice to Leave EU VOA 24 Jun 2016 -- The British people on Thursday voted by a narrow margin to break away from the European Union, a move that some European leaders labeled a grave mistake.
  • Russia Revels In Brexit Vote RFE/RL 24 Jun 2016 -- Russian politicians, journalists, and nationalists are reveling in the United Kingdom's historic vote to leave the European Union, banking on a Brussels more amenable to Moscow, and casting Brexit both as a sign of Europe falling apart at the seams and of waning U.S. influence.
  • British Voters Opt To Leave European Union RFE/RL 24 Jun 2016 -- The United Kingdom's Electoral Commission has officially declared that British voters have opted to leave the European Union.
  • Britain Votes in EU Referendum VOA 23 Jun 2016 -- Immigration, sovereignty, security and Britain's economic future were on the minds of voters casting the first ballots Thursday in Britain's historic referendum that by the end of the day will decide whether the country remains in the European Union.
  • Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 22 Jun 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
  • Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 16 Jun 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
  • UK military to take massive hit if Leave campaign wins: Osborne Press TV 14 Jun 2016 -- British armed forces are going to face major cuts if Britons vote to leave the European Union (EU) in a referendum later this month, UK Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne has warned.
  • Global nuclear weapons: downsizing but modernizing SIPRI 13 Jun 2016 -- The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) today launches its annual nuclear forces data, which highlights the current trends and developments in world nuclear arsenals. The data shows that while the overall number of nuclear weapons in the world continues to decline, none of the nuclear weapon-possessing states are prepared to give up their nuclear arsenals for the foreseeable future.
  • Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 13 Jun 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
  • British warships breaking down in Persian Gulf heat Press TV 12 Jun 2016 -- A number of UK warships deployed to the Persian Gulf are constantly breaking down since they cannot cope with the warm waters, some members of the British Parliament have revealed.
  • Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 09 Jun 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
  • HMS Kent shadows Russian submarine in North Sea UK Royal Navy 08 Jun 2016 -- A Royal Navy warship is shadowing a Russian submarine sailing towards the English Channel.
  • Brexit Raises Fear of Aggressive Russia in Baltics VOA 08 Jun 2016 -- Political analysts say a vote in favor of Britain leaving the European Union would raise concerns among the former Soviet states in the Baltics and eastern Europe that are now EU members and neighbor a resurgent Russia.
  • Russia surprised UK needs help to track submarines near surface Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- Russia has poked fun at the UK's intercept of one of its submarines, saying it was surprised that the Royal Navy needed NATO's help in tracking a submarine travelling at slow speeds "in surface position."
  • UK warship intercepts Russian submarine near English Channel Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- The British navy has intercepted a Russian submarine as it was cruising toward the English Channel, UK media report.
  • UK peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan UK MOD 06 Jun 2016 -- The first UK Armed Forces personnel have arrived in South Sudan to support peacekeeping operations, the Defence Secretary has announced.
  • Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 06 Jun 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
  • Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 02 Jun 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
  • Britain helps train record number of Afghan Army officers UK MOD 02 Jun 2016 -- The Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA) has now trained over 1,300 Afghan officer graduates, the Defence Secretary has announced.



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