THE PENTAGON — Saturday’s pre-dawn joint air strike against three Syrian chemical weapons facilities was notable not just for its success, but for also being the first time a Virginia-class submarine fired missiles in combat and the first time Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) were used tactically, USNI News has learned. Read More
THE PENTAGON — Cold War allies U.K., Norway and U.S. agreed on Thursday to more closely tie operations of the trio’s sub-hunting aircraft together and set the stage for joint efforts to hunt Russian submarines in the North Atlantic. Read More
The U.S. and U.K. are teaming to maintain and operate their Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft at a Royal Air Force base in Scotland, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday. Read More
Boeing has been awarded a $68.4 million contract modification for long lead items for the first two P-8A Poseidons for the U.K. Royal Air Force, according to a Thursday Pentagon contract announcement. Read More
Britain’s Minister of Defense detailed steps his government is taking to show it is “bringing the full force of the Royal Air Force to bear” on the Islamic State and that it is a nation planning to invest more than $265 billion on new military hardware over the next decade to remain a world power. Read More
CORRECTION: A previous version of this post stated the incorrect number of planned Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy. The U.K. anticipates building eight of the new ship class, not five.
LONDON — Five years after a cash-strapped Great Britain retired the last of its Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR2 maritime patrol aircraft from frontline duty, Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced a belated replacement for the vital capability—in the shape of nine Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft. Read More
The following is the 2015 U.K. National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review — the country’s guiding defense planning document into 2025 — published on Nov. 23, 2015 by the U.K. Ministry of Defence. Read More