Thousands of soldiers will learn today that they are to be made redundant as part of the downsizing of the Armed Forces.Read the full story ›
Labour has accused the coalition of dithering ahead of today's announcement of 4,100 redundancies in the Armed Forces.
We are concerned about the human and military impact of these job losses. Capability is being lost, as are people's livelihoods.
The Government are not reforming but dithering. We have no final decisions on the future of basing or regiments and the continued uncertainty is deeply debilitating.
Defence Minister Andrew Robathan has said the latest cuts in the Armed Forces would be the last major tranche of redundancies for the Navy and the RAF.
He said the MOD would "retain the capabilities that our Armed Forces require in order to meet the challenges of the future".
Up to 2,900 Army personnel will be told of their fate today, as will up to 900 members of the RAF and up to 300 from the Royal Navy in the latest tranche of military job cuts.
It will be the second round of redundancies - including a mixture of voluntary and compulsory - resulting from the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.
That included reducing the size of the Army by 7,000, the RAF by 5,000 and the Navy by 5,000.
The first tranche of redundancies, numbering 2,860, were announced last September.
The numbers to be let go tomorrow were announced by the Ministry of Defence in January.
Thousands of soldiers will learn tomorrow that they are to be made redundant as part of the downsizing of the Armed Forces.
Up to 2,900 Army personnel will be told of their fate, as will up to 900 members of the RAF and up to 300 from the Royal Navy in the latest tranche of military job cuts.
A huge section of the hull of the next generation of Royal Navy aircraft carriers has passed under the Forth Bridge. It's heading to Babcock's Rosyth Dockyard where it will be assembled.
The forward section weighs 6,000-tonnes and was built by BAE Systems at Portsmouth. The journey from Hampshire takes four days.
The Navy and Portland Coastguard in Dorset are searching for a fishing boat and its three crew members who are reported missing.
The Coastguard received a call from a fisherman at 5.39pm reporting that the vessel was overdue and could not be contacted.
A Royal Navy warship, lifeboat crew and coastguard helicopter launched a search but were unable to find the missing boat.
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HMS Dragon is the fourth of six Type 45 destroyers for the Navy.
- The first, HMS Daring, was commissioned in July 2009
- The fifth, HMS Defender, is to arrive in Portsmouth for the first time this summer
- All six set to be in service by the middle of the decade
Hundreds of guests will watch the "Christening" ceremony in Portsmouth today of the Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyer, HMS Dragon. It is the fourth of six Type 45 destroyers being built for the navy.