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27 November 2007. Destroyer launched on the Clyde. HMS Dauntless was launched at the Govan shipyard in January. Thousands of schoolchildren were in Glasgow on Tuesday for the launch of the Royal Navy’s newest destroyer. HMS Diamond is the third of the new Type 45s to be built and launched at the BAE Systems shipyard on the Clyde as part of a £6bn programme.


28 Nov 07. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s president, stepped down from his position as chief of army staff just before 11am local time on Wednesday morning, bringing an end to his turbulent nine year stint at the head of the nuclear-armed country’s military. ”This army is my life, this army is my passion,” he said at his last guard of honour ceremony as army chief after 46 years in uniform. ”I have loved this army. That relationship will always continue though I will not be in uniform from tomorrow.” (Source: FT.com)

22 Nov 07. Minister sacks Argentine spy boss. The head of military intelligence in Argentina has been sacked for plotting to replace President-elect Cristina Kirchner’s new defence minister. In taped conversations, Brigadier General Osvaldo Montero was heard telling interior ministry officials that Nilda Garre had to go. But Ms Garre moved first and sacked him for disloyalty. Ms Garre is part of the government being formed by Ms Kirchner, who will take over as president next month. (Source: BBC)

22 Nov 07. A director of the Brazilian unit of Cisco Systems has been fired after being formally charged with tax fraud and other crimes involving evasion of up to R$1.5bn ($845m) in import duties and other taxes. Carlos Roberto Carnevali, director of operations at Cisco’s Brazil unit, was charged along with 15 other people mostly connected to Mude Comércio e Serviços, Cisco’s main distributor in Brazil. (Source: FT.com)


26 Nov 07. S. Korea Plans Recon Wing With UAVs, Big Jets. South Korea’s Air Force will create a tactical reconnaissance wing by 2012 in a bid to develop its independent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to monitor activities in North Korea, the service said last week. “The plan has been designed to improve self-reliant air power and early warning capabilities to prepare for South Korea’s execution of independent wartime operational control of its military beginning 2012,” Lt. Col. Moon Chae-wook of the Air Force’s public affairs office said Nov. 18. A tactical air control command will also be established by 2010, separate from the existing Air Force Operations Command, to raise the efficiency of air operations command and control, Moon said. (Source: Defense News)

Nov 07. Armed Forces: Trained Requirements and Strengths. As at 1 Oct 07 the Regular Armed Forces were under strength by 8,370 or 4.7%. Details are at page 3.
Comment: It has not been possible to produce quarterly figures as at 1 Jul 07 since DASA (the Defence Analytical Services Agency) has been unable to publish Army figures for that date. The introduction of Joint Personnel Administration has also led to all strength data at page 3 remaining ‘provisional’.
Regular Army Other Rank strength continues to decline in a worrying manner: from 85,960 on 1 Jan 05 (against a requirement for 86,980) to 80,210 on 1 Oct 07 (against a requirement for 85,430). (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0746, 26 Nov 07)



28 Nov 07. Commodore W J Keegan to attend the Royal College of Defence Studies with effect from 14 January 2008.

28 Nov 07. Captain R G Harding OBE to attend the Royal College of Defence Studies with effect from 14 January 2008.

28 Nov 07. Captain R J Thompson to attend the Royal College of Defence Studies with effect from 14 January 2008.

28 Nov 07. Surgeon Captain (D) G E Sidoli to attend the Royal College of Defence Studies with effect from 14 January 2008.

28 Nov 07. Captain A L Jameson to attend t

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