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Her Majesty's Armed Forces, commonly known as the British Armed Forces, and occasionally the Armed Forces of the Crown, are the armed forces of the United Kingdom. The Armed Forces consists of three professional uniformed services: the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Corps, forming the Naval Service, the British Army and the Royal Air Force.


The Commander-in-Chief of Her Majesty's Armed Forces is the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, to whom members of the forces swear allegiance. Under British constitutional law, the armed forces are subordinate to the Crown. However under the 1689 Bill of Rights no standing Army may be maintained during time of peace without the consent of Parliament; Parliament gives this consent every five years by passing an Armed Forces Act. The armed forces are managed by the Defence Council of the Ministry of Defence, headed by the Secretary of State for Defence.


The British Armed Forces are charged with protecting the United Kingdom, its overseas territories and Crown Dependencies, as well as promoting Britain's wider security interests, and supporting international peacekeeping efforts. They are active and regular participants in NATO and other coalition operations. Britain is also party to the Five Power Defence Arrangements. Recent operations have included wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 2000 intervention in Sierra Leone, peacekeeping responsibilities in the Balkans and Cyprus, and participation in the UN-mandated no-fly zone over Libya. Overseas garrisons and facilities are maintained at Ascension Island, Belize, Brunei, Canada, Diego Garcia, the Falkland Islands, Germany, Gibraltar, Kenya, Qatar and the Sovereign Base Areas (Cyprus)

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Their garden, The Force for Good, will tell the powerful story of the role horticulture plays in the recovery and ongoing support of injured British Armed Forces personnel and their families. Individual stories are told through the three elements of the garden as the team of college and former-military gardeners ...
Britain's armed forces are significantly understaffed in critical areas such as intelligence and engineering, Whitehall's spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, has warned. A report published by the NAO states that as of January this year the country's full time military was operating at 5.7% below the ...

UK broadcaster Sky News cut short Major-General Jonathan Shaw, formerly one of the British Army's most senior officers, in mid-sentence, as he cast doubt on London's narrative on the alleged Syrian government gas attack in Douma.
Sergeant Tonroe is the first death of a serving member of the British armed forces in the fight against Islamic State. Tributes have been led by the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, who said his thoughts were with Sergeant Tonroe's friends and family. He said: “Sergeant Tonroe fought to protect British ...
A member of the British Armed Forces has been killed in Syria, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said. Reports say they were killed in an improvised bomb blast while on an anti-Islamic State operation in Syria. Man hacked pensioner, 81, to death and set her on fire. Sky News has reported the person killed ...
A member of the British armed forces, embedded with the United States military, has been killed by an improvised explosive device in Syria, the Ministry of Defence has said. The unnamed person was taking part in an operation against the Islamic State jihadist group when the blast occurred on Thursday.

Derry City and Strabane have formally backed a call for schools to ban British Armed Forces from accessing children. ... local educational facilities for children and young people to refuse British Armed Forces access to children/ pupils as part of their attempt to glamourise/ recruit for their imperialist ventures.
Theresa May announced extra funding of £800m for this year, including an unexpected £600million towards a new fleet of nuclear submarines. The cash boost is a big win for Mr Williamson as Chancellor Philip Hammond had argued the defence budget should be slashed. Yesterday Mrs May announced ...
General Sir Nicholas Carter appointed head of British armed forces. Three candidates are interviewed by the Prime Minister - but the successful candidate is the UK's Nairobi-born Army chief. 16:20, UK, Wednesday 28 March 2018. British army personnel. Image: The announcement was made by Downing Street. By Alistair ...
The unit will partner the British Armed Forces to train Iraqi forces in counter-improvised explosive devices. This deployment was in response to the coalition's request for combat engineer trainers and trainers with tactical weapons and combat tactics expertise to support the operational needs of the coalition ...
The unit will also partner the British Armed Forces to train the Iraqi forces to counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs). This deployment was in response to the coalition's recent request for combat engineer trainers and trainers with tactical weapons and combat tactics expertise to support the evolving ...
The Ministry of Defence is looking at "expanding" a vaccination against anthrax for British Armed Forces personnel to ensure they are fully protected against potential threats. Breathing in anthrax spores can be fatal, and the disease has been used as a biological weapon in the past. The Defence Secretary ...
British Armed Forces could be blocked from using the military applications of Europe's Galileo satellite network after Brexit, The Telegraph has learnt. EU legal concerns over whether a non-EU state can be granted access to the ultra-accurate encrypted satellite navigation data when it comes online in 2020 ...
British soldiers are to be deployed to Africa to boost the fight against illegal wildlife poaching. The force will train rangers in tracking, infantry, bushcraft and information analysis skills. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the expansion of the UK's counter-poaching training at two parks in Malawi ...
The leader of British armed forces earns nearly twice as much as the U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff despite Gen. James Dunford overseeing a military about 10 times the size, and some British politicians are unhappy about it, according to a report in The Times of London. British Air Chief Marshall ...
We must ensure that everybody knows that they have an opportunity of joining the British Armed forces,” Cross said. “But we must make it clear that we're not going to be soft and we're not going to be nice to people." The Army insists that it hasn't gone soft and that it is more “combat hardened” than ever.
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 ...

A former Chief of the British Armed Forces had his live interview with Sky News abruptly cut short after casting serious doubt on the UK government's narrative that ... MUST WATCH: Former head of British Armed Forces gets cut off by Sky when he goes off-script on Syria! pic.twitter.com/zy7FRWbWQ5.
LONDON, April 14 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May said Saturday she has authorized the British armed forces to conduct "coordinated and targeted strikes" in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. "This evening I have authorized British armed forces to conduct ...
Comment Two senior British Army officers have visited Silicon Valley to trawl for militarily useful tech startups. General Sir Chris Deverill, commanding officer of Joint Forces Command (the bit of the British armed forces that goes abroad and kicks the backsides of Her Majesty's enemies du jour), along with ...
The Ministry of Defence is looking at "expanding" a vaccination against anthrax for British Armed Forces personnel to ensure they are fully protected against potential threats. Breathing in anthrax spores can be fatal, and the disease has been used as a biological weapon in the past. The Defence Secretary ...
... which the MoD contributed £10,000 towards. A spokesperson for Combat Stress said it was "vital" people sought help as soon as possible to stop issues becoming "complex". Major General Martin Bricknell, surgeon general of the British armed forces, said: "We must do all we can to provide easy access ...
A charity set up to help former Armed Forces personnel is looking for two caseworkers to join a dedicated team of volunteers in the Coningsby area. The latest research by SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has found that more than two in five (41%) British Armed Forces veterans surveyed, aged 25-45, ...
Sales from the campaign help generate income to provide lifelong support to all members of the British Armed Forces, veterans and their families. With AR partner, Blippar, Geometry has created an experience that's triggered by these pins. Each pin comes in a commemorative box which, when scanned ...
A national YouGov survey has revealed that 18 to 24-year-olds are strongly opposed to the idea of bringing back national service. The question asks: "Would you support or oppose bringing back compulsory military service for young people, who would serve for a month with the armed forces?" While over ...
British soldiers are to be deployed to Africa to boost the fight against illegal wildlife poaching. The force will train rangers in tracking, infantry, bushcraft and information analysis skills. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the expansion of the UK's counter-poaching training at two parks in Malawi ...
They have sacrificed a great deal for us, so now it's our turn to support them. Christine Cribb. It follows latest research by the charity more than two in five (41%) of British Armed Forces veterans quizzed, aged 25-45, said they felt lonely, isolated or suicidal since leaving the armed forces. One in five said they ...
The early disposal of two of the Royal Navy's amphibious ships would remove any prospect British armed forces of achieving a successful amphibious landing with a substantial force, the committee said. According to the committee, the capability review was carried out by the National Security Adviser ...
The latest research by SSAFA has found that more than two in five (41 percent) of British Armed Forces veterans surveyed, aged 25-45, have felt lonely, isolated, or suicidal since leaving the Armed Forces. With one in five (22 percent) of veterans stating that they would feel less lonely if they had a stronger ...
Armed Forces charity SSAFA is appealing for people to spare some time to provide company and support for veterans who are feeling lonely and isolated. The latest research by the charity, has revealed that more than two in five (41%) British Armed Forces veterans surveyed, aged 25-45, have felt lonely, ...
The leader of British armed forces earns nearly twice as much as the U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff despite Gen. James Dunford overseeing a military about 10 times the size, and some British politicians are unhappy about it, according to a report in The Times of London. British Air Chief Marshall ...
We must ensure that everybody knows that they have an opportunity of joining the British Armed forces,” Cross said. “But we must make it clear that we're not going to be soft and we're not going to be nice to people." The Army insists that it hasn't gone soft and that it is more “combat hardened” than ever.
General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the General Staff of the British Armed Forces, has declared that Britain must actively prepare for war with Russia and other geo-political rivals. Carter, the second most senior figure in the Armed Forces chain of command after Chief of the Defence Staff Sir Stuart Peach, ...
It is awarded for gallantry “in the face of the enemy” to the members of the British armed forces. Queen Victoria presented the first VCs in 1857. Manorhamilton Galway based local historian, Dominic Rooney penned an interesting article on “Private Charles Irwin (1825-73) of Manorhamilton” in the Leitrim ...
Thousands of British Armed Forces members are stationed across the world on Christmas day in a selfless act that sees troops from Iraq to the Falkland Islands. An estimated 70 troops are taking part in a United Nations mission in Somalia to train the African Union and National Army forces fighting the ...
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Britain's Chief of the Defence Staff, has highlighted the risk of a Russian attack against submarine network cables. His comments, made during a speech at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a military think tank, follow similar comments earlier this month by ...
British armed forces veterans could have their driving licences stamped with a "V", as part of plans to improve the recognition of their service. The move, similar to a US scheme, could see 2.5 million ex-military personnel issued with the new licence to "clearly distinguish" them as veterans. The card would ...
Britain's armed forces look set to face another round of cuts as budget realities begin to bite. The 2015 Strategic Defense and Security Review may have declared that defense spending was on the up, committing the government to spending at least 2% of the country's gross domestic product on defense ...
"The gung-ho opinions that he has expressed undermine the credibility of British armed forces in general and his office in particular." And Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Sir Ed Davey warned that "eliminating" IS foreign fighters would leave the UK with "zero understanding of why these people ...
Did you know there is a place you can go to increase your fitness, confidence and most importantly get ready for a military career? The Motivational Preparation College for Training (MPCT), which helps 14-19 year-olds prepare for a career in the Armed Forces, has been formally opened by Lieutenant General Bashall after ...
Armed Forces charity SSAFA is appealing for people to spare some time to provide company and support for veterans who are feeling lonely and isolated. Research shows 41 percent of British Armed Forces veterans surveyed have felt lonely, isolated, or suicidal since leaving the Forces. The SSAFA ...
The head of Britain's armed forces is paid nearly twice as much as his US counterpart even though he commands a military that is almost a tenth of the size. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has an annual salary of between £255,000 and £259,000 before tax, according to data published by the Ministry of ...
Air Chief Marshall Sir Stuart Peach, head of British armed forces, is paid twice the salary of his American counterpart. Picture: Ross Tilly. Britain's army chief earns almost double his American counterpart's salary, despite overseeing a far smaller military, it has emerged. Air Chief Marshall Sir Stuart Peach is ...
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, are urgently calling for new volunteers to support veterans in the Gloucestershire area who are feeling lonely and isolated. The latest research by SSAFA, has found that more than 41% of British Armed Forces veterans surveyed, aged 25-45, have felt lonely, isolated, ...
The Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, says the UK will be vigilant against any Russian threat- but also needs to engage with Moscow. He made the comments during a visit to RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus. And as a former Tornado Navigator Sir Stuart was in familiar surroundings, visiting ...
Lee, who admits that ever since he bought his first Leica camera while serving in the British Armed Forces in Germany after WW II, he's always had an eye for composing a shot, while he worked in Britain, Canada and in Hollywood. Along the way, Lee, who's been married to his wife Daphne for almost 60 ...
The report says: “In the absence of information indicating intent to kill or target civilians or civilian objects, or cause clearly excessive civilian injuries, there is no reasonable basis to believe that war crimes within the jurisdiction of the court were committed by British armed forces in the course of their military ...
A charity that campaigns against the recruitment of child soldiers has expressed alarm at the number of 16- and 17-year-olds who applied to join the British army after the launch of a controversial advertising campaign. More than 19,000 under-18s applied to join the army between January, when the glossy ...
“There can be no statute of limitations or amnesty for British armed forces involved in killing citizens or colluding with loyalists in killing citizens, ...
The Henry Jackson Society's Global Britain Programme's latest report – Global Britain and the future of the British Armed Forces – argues that ...


 

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