Operation Commando Rattlesnake

Whilst Phil Hammond has been in the US this week playing up UK defence and trying to convince everyone in Washington that the UK is not some ‘liberal’ paradise with gay marriage and mothers day friendly armed forces but indeed a strong partner with high levels of capability, resilience and willingness, 1 Battalion the Rifles have been on exercise with elements of the US 10th Mountain Division.

Read more and watch a video at the Waterdown Daily Times

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You do have to like the way US forces designate their operations and exercises, I mean really, what is Herrick :)

So, to what Phil said;

With a fully integrated force of 190,000 regulars and reserves, retaining our ability to deploy into the field a division-size force, our cutting-edge, broad spectrum conventional capabilities, our world class Special Forces, and our unique intelligence network, the UK will continue to be able to project and sustain military power around the world.

We will remain the most capable and most interoperable ally of the United States of America.


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March 30, 2014 5:36 pm

Few that’s good. There was me thinking we had butchered our armed forces and given up any pretence of being able to conduct sovereign operations. Funny how now when they quote troop numbers they have to lump in all the services and reserves now to make it sound like a decent number.

Before too long it will be that we have a force of 100,000 including regulars reservist, dinner lady’s and bob from the mail room.

Thank god for GCHQ. At least we still have something to offer the USA although if the Guardian gets its way not for much longer.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
March 31, 2014 3:48 pm
Reply to  Martin

Agree. Our intelligence links with the USA really give us a top table position, GCHQ’s hand in glove relationship with the NSA being the cream.

The Guardian can get stuffed as far as I’m concerned! Along with the rest of the left wing CND types who have a problem with the UK being somebody.

Hammond though is correct in that the UK does have capabilities few others have, which keeps us a player on the world stage. How many countries have SSN’s with TLAM for example. We have cutting edge capabilities in many areas but numbers far too few.

April 1, 2014 9:26 am
Reply to  thinkdefence

Not yet but if things keep going the way they are we soon will be. Osbourne wants to cut defence spending further but he still insists we have a deterrent. That is a major example of champagne tastes and brown ale budgets right there.