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This Weeks Top 10 Links

Ten interesting links from around the net

ONE – Afghanistan Casualties

The MoD publishes casualty tables for Afghanistan, remember Afghanistan

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/op-herrick-casualty-and-fatality-tables

 

Pretty sobering stuff, especially when looked at over a period of time.

What it doesn’t do is record suicides post discharge, as we know from previous conflicts this can often be just as significant. As we look at draw down and towards Future Force 2020 we need to ensure that as much resource as possible is devoted to service personnels mental health services.

 

TWO – The Shiny 7

7 Field Squadron Royal Engineers, better known by many as ‘Shiny 7′ have a great ‘memories’ site

 

http://www.shiney7.co.uk/

 

Some great images and old stories from George

 

THREE – The Spanish Economy is in the Shitter Edition

Can we just TLAM Madrid and have done with it :)

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2274640/Gibraltar-Tensions-grow-Royal-Navy-confronts-Spanish-warship.html#axzz2KVfbcNkg

 

Seriously for a moment, is our strategy of measured restraint the right one here?

At some point I tend to think you have to meet creeping escalation with a strong message that there are red lines and the Spanish are getting very close to them. That strong message doesn’t mean gunning down our NATO and EU allies of course but I think something more robust than at present is in order.

Interestingly, last Thursday several hundred years ago the Great Siege of Gibraltar ended, in 1783, after 4 years. It was lifted after a combined force of over 60 ships sailed from the UK. My favourite quote from the Wiki page linked above;

Finally, in February 1783 the siege was lifted. The French and Spanish troops retired disheartened and defeated, after three years and seven months’ conflict.

Back o the net

Am also wondering if the Spanish have been taking pointer from the Argentine government about insisting that only bilateral talks are valid, instead of the correct trilateral ones.

 

FOUR – Upstream Engagement in Action

It’s a terrible term but this kind of thing is obviously a model for the future

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/feb/07/britain-military-co-operation-libya
http://kingsofwar.org.uk/2013/02/the-uks-new-international-defence-engagement-strategy-every-engagement-short-of-actual-action/
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/international-defence-engagement-strategy-published

 

Note, I didn’t say it is THE model for the future.

 

FIVE – Letting it Lie

One of the most amusing articles on the subject

 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/06/defence_committee_carrier_badness/

 

Ha ha

 

SIX – Doing what Engineers do best: bridging

A good story and pictures from Helmand

 

http://britisharmy.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/doing-what-engineers-do-best-bridging/

 

A ten bay double storey no less

 

SEVEN – Netting

Another order for Amsafe Bridport for their Tarian RPG protection solution

 

http://www.shephardmedia.com/news/landwarfareintl/amsafe-bridport-awarded-uk-mod-armour-contract/

 

Very clever stuff, not necessarily because it is a new idea but because they have made it a practical proposition

 

EIGHT – Big Boys Jigsaw Puzzle

They are coming together at a fair rate of knots now

Fascinating stuff

 

NONE – Puma HC2 Simulator Upgrade

As the Puma HC.2 will be coming in to service and the last flight of the HC.1 has already taken place the MoD has issued a contract for an upgrade to the simulator system.

 

http://www.aviationtoday.com/rw/topstories/CAE-Expands-UK-Puma-Training-Upgrades-Chinook-Sim_78418.html

 

 

TEN – BACON

No, not the pork variety but the innovative system currently in trials with the USAF using their NASA owned WB-57’s

 

http://theaviationist.com/2013/02/08/wb57-heading-to-afghanistan/

 

This is a system definitely worth watching

 

Let go for an 11, just because!

 

http://karagarou.tumblr.com/post/42356171612/un-argument-pour-les-partisans-des-regimes

 

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1 Comment

  1. Wstr

    Ref: BACN – it’s could to see someone still getting valuable use out of the excellent Canberra ( even if it is a Martin B-57 ).

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