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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2825 on: April 16, 2018, 14:37:27 »

Which was, of course, exactly what Stephan Harper said about Jean Chrétien when, back in the very early 2000s, the latter said that Canada would not send troops to support the US in Iraq without a UNSC resolution ~ which France was sure to veto.
I'm curious if he would seek a UN resolution before defending his own country? I think our own PM would... just saying...

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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2826 on: April 19, 2018, 09:34:47 »
SA80 Rifle gets an upgrade

The SA80 is the designation for a revolutionary family of assault weapons. On its initial introduction, it proved so accurate that the Army marksmanship tests had to be redesigned.

The SA80 A2 is being phased out for a new and improved SA80 A3. The Grenadier Guards, who have been the first infantry battalion to fire the new weapon system, have been putting some of the new features to the test. This year sees them deploy on three separate operational tours on OP TORAL to Kabul, OP TRENTON to South Sudan and OP SHADER in Iraq. The busy deployment period sees them adapt to three different theatres where they will be doing three completely different jobs. Training has therefore been paramount and helped them get to grips with a number of differences in the weapon systems.

Perhaps the most noticeable difference is the ‘Flat Dark Earth’ paint with Cerakote coating. These features minimise both the visual and infra-red spectrums allowing the operator to stay unseen. They also give a specialist resistance to weathering and abrasion - important for an army required to complete their tasks in any number of conditions.

This paint job extends to the Picatinny Rail which is welded to the A3 body’s upper receiver. The handguard is also new and supports the Picatinny Rail that sits on the upper receiver. This Picatinny Rail sits on all sides and allows the attachment of in-line night optics, hand grips and other attachments that can increase the potency of the weapon system. The handguard is also free floating, meaning that when the weapon is fired the barrel can resonate freely. This further increases the exactness of a weapon system which is already accurate out to 300m when deployed individually.

In all, the changes allow soldiers to better carry out the varied and diverse tasks that are being asked of them in the modern army. As shown by 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, who have an exciting 2018 ahead of them.

Defence Minister Guto Bebb said: “This multi-million-pound upgrade will give our Army a lighter, more hardwearing, better-camouflaged combat rifle so our soldiers can perform on the frontline of some of the most dangerous locations across the world.

“This investment is also a boost to Nottingham’s highly-skilled gun-makers who proudly support our troops in their task to protect our country in the face of intensifying threats."

https://www.army.mod.uk/news-and-events/news/2018/04/sa80-rifle-gets-an-upgrade/
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2827 on: April 19, 2018, 21:43:29 »
Somebody really screwed up.

That colour's not going to go with their scarlets on parade. Was no fashion consultant involved?

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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2828 on: April 19, 2018, 21:53:41 »
They screwed up when they first adopted the thing in the 80s. Since then they’ve just been putting earrings on a pig. And they solved the ‘green furniture problem years ago by wrapping the butt and stock in black leather. Shaggariffic baby!!
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2829 on: April 20, 2018, 09:05:58 »
$2500 Canadian made scope on that rifle with a $600ish red dot on top.

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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2830 on: April 20, 2018, 10:05:51 »
Somebody really screwed up.

That colour's not going to go with their scarlets on parade. Was no fashion consultant involved?

No different than here with the C7A2s.
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2831 on: May 03, 2018, 01:29:02 »
The Parachute Regiment will not be pleased... all of them  :tsktsk:

Tory candidate Matt Lynch suspended over war claims

A Conservative election candidate in Sussex has been suspended over doubts about his claim to be a war veteran.

Matt Lynch is due to stand in the Hastings local election on Thursday.

In his campaigning profile - which has now been removed from the local party website - Mr Lynch claimed he served in the British Army for 14 years.

Members of the local regiment said they do not believe this to be correct. Mr Lynch has not replied to the BBC's requests for an interview.


http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-43967715


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« Reply #2832 on: May 05, 2018, 10:07:18 »
Bombshell inbound....

Northern Irish police to release Troubles-era report on informants

PSNI say they will publish 1980 Walker report on agent-handling practices within three months

The Walker report was commissioned to improve intelligence penetration of paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland when IRA activity was high. Walker subsequently became director general of MI5 from 1988 to 1992.

The report is believed to recommend that RUC special branch give priority to informants over solving crimes.The report’s existence was revealed in 2001 by the UTV Insight programme.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/03/northern-irish-police-troubles-walker-report-informants
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2833 on: May 08, 2018, 13:35:47 »
Since when did any politician have a 'moral compass'? ;)


'This is insane': Ministers face Tory fury over DITCHING plans to protect British troops who served in Northern Ireland from prosecution

Ministers not expected to protect British troops who served in Northern Ireland

There have been complaints about a 'witch hunt' against ex-forces personnel

Tory MP Johnny Mercer accuses government of 'losing its moral compass'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5704813/Ministers-face-Tory-fury-DITCHING-plans-protect-NI-troops.html#ixzz5EvtJ6XED
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2834 on: May 08, 2018, 16:20:46 »
You can't get there from here while they are negotiating/disputing "power-sharing" "open borders" and the price of Guiness and Cadbury's Dairy Milk.
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2835 on: May 08, 2018, 16:36:31 »
Wasn't there so B'S in the UK not too long ago about all these lawyers going after Afghanistan and Iraq war vets for trumped up charges?
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« Reply #2836 on: May 08, 2018, 17:22:28 »
Yes there was.  One scumbag lawyer in particular who was overly zealous in hounding the troops.  Thankfully he eventually fell from grace and crawled back under his slimy rock.

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« Reply #2837 on: May 08, 2018, 23:29:34 »
Yes there was.  One scumbag lawyer in particular who was overly zealous in hounding the troops.  Thankfully he eventually fell from grace and crawled back under his slimy rock.

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The campaigning human rights lawyer Phil Shiner has been struck off as a solicitor after he was found guilty of multiple professional misconduct charges, including dishonesty and lack of integrity.

The decision, made in his absence on Thursday, followed a two-day hearing at the solicitors disciplinary tribunal in central London.

The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (Ihat) said it would now reassess cases referred by Shiner and his firm, Public Interest Lawyers (PIL), to decide whether they should still be pursued.

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https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/feb/02/iraq-human-rights-lawyer-phil-shiner-disqualified-for-professional-misconduct

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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2839 on: May 10, 2018, 17:19:34 »
I've seen worse filmed and shown on national TV in Britain, with the full support and approval of the highest levels (and been part of it :) )


An Army instructor is facing a court martial after he filmed a female recruit and reduced her to tears in a shocking video that has been watched more than 250,000 times online.

Last night furious top brass were trying to track down the corporal, who may be booted out of the Army after using a phone to record the moment he subjected the distraught trainee to a torrent of verbal abuse during a bayonet exercise.

Defence sources said the instructor should not have filmed the recruit during her training, with or without her consent.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5695311/Foul-mouthed-Army-instructor-faces-court-martial-reducing-female-recruit-tears.html#ixzz5F8UgK3Nk


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5695311/Foul-mouthed-Army-instructor-faces-court-martial-reducing-female-recruit-tears.html
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2840 on: May 15, 2018, 00:32:16 »
UK taxpayers face paying out millions as lawyers launch hundreds of new claims against British soldiers for wrongdoing in Iraq

Leigh Day have filed 450 new claims of alleged wrongdoing by British soldiers
The new venture could cash in millions from the taxpayer in payouts
It follows a win on a test case regarding the treatment of four Iraqis


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5725087/Lawyers-launch-hundreds-new-claims-against-British-soldiers-wrongdoing-Iraq.html#ixzz5FXdLCNkE

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« Reply #2841 on: May 15, 2018, 00:36:53 »
I'm confused...British lawyers are acting as consult in lawsuits, suing British soldiers for actions in Iraq?

Who is filing the lawsuits?
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2842 on: May 15, 2018, 09:35:54 »
I'm confused...British lawyers are acting as consult in lawsuits, suing British soldiers for actions in Iraq?

Who is filing the lawsuits?

Look here to get started:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_Historic_Allegations_Team

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Shiner

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« Reply #2843 on: May 15, 2018, 10:27:02 »
I'm confused...British lawyers are acting as consult in lawsuits, suing British soldiers for actions in Iraq?

Who is filing the lawsuits?

What's confusing?  If someone is going to take legal action against someone else then they need a lawyer who is licensed in the jurisdiction where that action is being filed.  Lawyers doing what ambulance chasers personal injury lawyers do best - finding clients with a potential settlement from which they will take a percentage.  While the principal of the firm mentioned in the article may have principles that leads him to this type of case, from a look at their website they seem far from the movie stereotype of the Marxist Labour Party left leaning sole practitioner whose practise consists of suing the government in hopes of embarrassing the establishment.

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« Reply #2844 on: May 20, 2018, 14:57:15 »
This poor ******* will rue this day for a long time.

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Sailor is mercilessly mocked on social media after marching horribly out of time with his Navy comrades during royal wedding procession

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5750509/Sailor-mercilessly-mocked-social-media-marching-horribly-time-royal-wedding.html

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« Reply #2845 on: May 20, 2018, 14:58:58 »
This poor ******* will rue this day for a long time.

I saw a few RAF 'tubbies' skipping down the mall as well....
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« Reply #2846 on: May 20, 2018, 15:41:28 »
This poor ******* will rue this day for a long time.

Thankfully nobody films our parades. There are some real shyte shows out there.

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« Reply #2848 on: May 22, 2018, 17:27:03 »
Maybe those Navy Divers would have done better if they had kept their flippers on.
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« Reply #2849 on: May 23, 2018, 12:07:33 »
Thankfully nobody films our parades. There are some real shyte shows out there.

Everyone had to know that everyone would be filming this event, I suspect there are a lot of Nastygrams flying around and that some remedial parade ground bashing is going to be taking place for individuals both OR's and NCO's.