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Minister says Bristow will deliver first-class service but critics air doubts about US company’s takeover from RAF and navy The transfer of the UK’s search and rescue service from the military to a Texas-based helicopter company has been criticised by residents of coastal communities, politicians from all the main parties and rescue experts. From 2016 Bristow Helicopters, part of the global Bristow Group, will take over the helicopter search and rescue (SAR) service from the RAF and navy.
George Osborne says funds will go towards Christmas boxes and mental health support Britain’s armed forces are to benefit from the multimillion-pound fines imposed on banks in the wake of the Libor-rigging scandal. George Osborne said an unspecified amount of funds from the £300m windfall would go towards boxes of Christmas gifts for troops serving abroad for the next two years as well as to help veterans with mental health issues via the charity Combat Stress. The chancellor said: “Those who have paid fines in our financial sector because they demonstrated the very worst values are paying to support those in our armed forces who demonstrate the very best of British values.” Osborne made clear last year that he did not want the profit from any fines being used by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to reduce the fees that City firms are charged each year for regulation
George Osborne says military personnel and civil servants in Cyprus facing levy on savings will be compensated The government is to protect the savings of British military personnel and civil servants in Cyprus who were facing the prospect of a levy as part of the €10bn (£8.7bn) eurozone bailout on the Mediterranean island, George Osborne has announced.
Issue The spread of weapons of mass destruction ( WMD ) poses a threat to the UK and the international community. Indiscriminate trade in conventional arms and the use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear ( CBRN ) weapons and ballistic missiles raises serious humanitarian and security concerns. We’re working around the world to champion and implement UK policies as set out in the National Counter-Proliferation Strategy to prevent the spread of CBRN weapons and ballistic missiles.
DIO ’s Invitation to Negotiate ( ITN ) asks each team to further prove it can provide the MOD with a proposal to bring the right skills and expertise, before the organisation makes a final decision regarding its preferred option next summer. The organisation, which manages the delivery of infrastructure projects and services for the UK Armed Forces and its civilian support staff, will introduce new ways of working from Spring 2013.
Introduction Whole Fleet Management ( WFM ) allows the Ministry of Defence ( MOD ) to meet defence outputs through more effective equipment capability management and is crucial to supporting and enabling future training in order to meet operational commitments with smaller fleets whilst offering significant benefits. WFM is a continuous improvement change programme, being delivered incrementally, supported by a number of enablers: Joint Asset Management Engineering Solution Joint Asset Management Engineering Solution ( JAMES ) is an Information System that provides global and near real-time visibility of asset and engineering data