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October 2017 - United Kingdom Special Weapons News
- Warning NATO Operations at Serious Risk If Britain Sells Warships Sputnik 30 Oct 2017 -- Future NATO operations and Britain's naval power could be seriously damaged if the UK goes through with the sale of two amphibious assault warships, Whitehall sources have warned.
- Defence Secretary visits Tyneside shipyard as industry develops plans for new frigates UK MOD 30 Oct 2017 -- As part of his nationwide tour of UK shipyards, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon paid a visit to A&P Tyne near Newcastle today, one of the yards that could be involved in building a new class of ships for the Royal Navy.
- British soldiers arrive in Estonia UK MOD 30 Oct 2017 -- 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh have deployed to Estonia
- UK sacks 9 nuclear submarine personnel for drug abuse Press TV 29 Oct 2017 -- The UK Royal Navy has discharged nine military personnel on board of a nuclear submarine after they tested positive for using drugs.
- UK arms sales to Saudis topped £1.1bn in first half of 2017 Press TV 25 Oct 2017 -- Britain's sales of military equipment to Saudi Arabia hit £1.1 billion in the first six months of this year, according to the latest government data.
- UK wants swift deal with EU on Brexit transition: PM's spokesman Press TV 24 Oct 2017 -- Britain says it wants a swift agreement with the European Union on the principles of a post-Brexit trading relationship to reassure businesses over trading rules after Britain exits the bloc in March 2019.
- Exercise Cambrian Patrol testing the best from around the world UK MOD 23 Oct 2017 -- Exercise Cambrian Patrol is an annual test of troop's military skills. It is seen by many as the most challenging event of its kind that there is.
- UK steps up role as the fight against Daesh evolves UK MOD 23 Oct 2017 -- UK forces deployed at Al Asad Air Base will train further forward and provide increased force protection for UK personnel in and around coalition bases as Daesh continues its retreat across Iraq and Syria.
- Britain will honor financial commitments to EU: May People's Daily 21 Oct 2017 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May reassured her European colleagues Friday by reiterating Britain's financial commitments to the European Union (EU), urging the EU27 to give green light to the second phase of Brexit talks at an early date.
- UK PM Theresa May admits Brexit negotiations with EU are in 'difficulty' Press TV 20 Oct 2017 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May has acknowledged for the first time that Brexit negotiations with the European Union have hit "difficulty," as she pressed EU leaders for a Brexit deal she can "defend" at home.
- Merkel Upbeat on Brexit Deal Amid Talk May Has Agreed $47 Billion 'Divorce Bill' Sputnik 20 Oct 2017 -- One of the key figures in the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has signaled optimism over the possibility of a Brexit deal. Her remarks come amid reports the UK has agreed to foot the divorce bill of 40 billion euros (US$47 billion).
- Defence Secretary welcomes liberation of Raqqah UK MOD 20 Oct 2017 -- As the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) formally announce that Raqqah has been liberated from Daesh, the Defence Secretary has welcomed the news but cautioned there is more to do.
- F-35 jet cleared for Carrier take-off, Defence Minister tells Select Committee UK MOD 17 Oct 2017 -- The UK's cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet is now cleared for take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth following successful trials using the ski-ramp design featured on the UK flagship.
- British Defense Secretary: UK has no intention of conducting 'freedom of navigation' flights over South China Sea People's Daily 12 Oct 2017 -- The UK has no intention of provoking China by conducting "freedom of navigation" flights over disputed islands in South China Sea like the US, said British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon at the Conservative Party's annual meeting, cankaoxiaoxi.com reported on Oct. 12.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 10 Oct 2017 -- The RAF are continuing to take the fight to Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
- UK military giant BAE Systems announces to cut 2,000 jobs Press TV 10 Oct 2017 -- British weapons and military equipment manufacturer BAE Systems has announced plans to cut about 2,000 jobs, largely due to the weaker demand for Hawk and Eurofighter Typhoon fighter planes.
- Time for a Career Change? Defense Giant BAE Systems Cuts 2,000 UK Jobs Sputnik 10 Oct 2017 -- British defense manufacturers BAE Systems said on Tuesday, October 10, they planned to cut 2,000 posts as a result of weaker demand for Typhoon fighters and Hawk jets. Workers, who'll lose their jobs, should consider switching to industries that don't rely on war for profit, an activist told Sputnik.
- UK's BAE Systems to axe 1,000 over falling weapons sales Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- UK weapons manufacturer BAE Systems is preparing to cut more than 1000 jobs this week, a move that is blamed on falling demand for its products.
- No More D-Days: Royal Navy Could Lose Amphibious Assault Ships Due to Cuts Sputnik 06 Oct 2017 -- Due to further proposed cuts, the British Royal Navy could lose its amphibious assault ships, and around 1,000 Royal Marines, despite repeated calls from UK officials for increased defense spending.
- UK reiterates support to the fight against Boko Haram UK MOD 06 Oct 2017 -- UK Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster visited Nigeria this week, marking the strong Defence relationship between the two nations.
- UK 'prepared' if Brexit negotiations with EU fail: May Press TV 04 Oct 2017 -- UK Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain's government wants Brexit negotiations to succeed but is preparing for a scenario in which they might fail.
- Defence Secretary to announce new £1bn support model for Royal Navy UK MOD 03 Oct 2017 -- Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon is set to unveil a new model worth around £1 billion to support a growing Royal Navy fleet and sustain over a thousand British jobs.
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