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Labour hits out at army cuts

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.

– Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy


Army to face more cuts

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.

6,000-tonne Navy delivery inches its way North

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.

HMS Queen Elizabeth, travelling from BAE Systems' Portsmouth yard to Scotland Credit: Aircraft Carrier Alliance/PA Wire

The forward section weighs 6,000-tonnes and was built by BAE Systems at Portsmouth. The journey from Hampshire takes four days.

Part of the new HMS Queen Elizabeth Credit: Aircraft Carrier Alliance/PA Wire


Search under way for missing fishing boat

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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