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First female F-35 test pilot completes flight mission

Maj. Rachael Winiecki, 461st Flight Test Squadron developmental test pilot, completed the first F-35 flight mission led by a female say the US Air Force in a release.

US Commander praises UK naval personnel in Gulf for ‘outstanding work’

Vice Admiral James Malloy, Commander of the US Fifth Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, commended UK personnel operating in the Middle East and the 'special relationship' they have with their American counterparts, say the Royal Navy.

Home Office to pay £20,000 per day cost for HMS Mersey migrant patrols

The £20,000 per day cost of using the Offshore Patrol Vessel to monitor the English Channel will be reclaimed from the Home Office.

HMS Mersey returns to Portsmouth after English Channel migrant patrol

River class Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Mersey has temporarily returned to port after two weeks in the English Channel.

Israeli F-15 fighter jets to take part in exercise over British skies

Israel will join the RAF's Cobra Warrior exercise in September along with aircraft from Germany and Italy.

British and American warships exercise in disputed South China Sea

US Navy destroyer USS McCampbell and Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll, conducted a series of exercises from Friday to Wednesday "to address common security priorities" in the South China Sea, the US Navy said in a press release.

International News

Papua New Guinea commissions first of new generation patrol boats

The Australian government has handed over the first of twenty-one new build Guardian Class patrol boats being delivered under the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement program to regional neighbours.

UK Stabilisation Unit study discusses ways to reduce conflict

A research project by the UK's Stabilisation Unit explores the vital role of political deal-making in reducing violent conflict, say the organisation.

Understrength German Army looks to the EU for personnel

German defence ministers are seeking experts from EU countries, to compensate for the shortfall of workers in medical and IT sectors in the army.

Chinese vessel spotted testing electromagnetic railgun

A tank landing ship and what appears to be an electromagnetic railgun weapon were spotted along the Yangtze River, presumably heading for sea trials.

Modernising Defence Programme cites Russia as threat to the UK

The recently released Modernising Defence Programme directly refers to Russia as a threat, citing recent Russian activity.

Ireland orders €5.8m worth of anti-air missiles from Saab

Saab has received an order for RBS 70 BOLIDE missiles from Irish Defence Forces, the total order value is approximately €5.8 million and deliveries will take place in 2019-2022. 

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