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11 Feb 11. The British Army started building work on a new residential recovery centre to help injured soldiers today. Construction of the new Personnel Recovery Centre in Colchester marks a significant milestone in a programme launched exactly a year ago today to give wounded, injured and sick soldiers additional care and support to help them successfully return to duties or transition into civilian life. The Army Recovery Capability (ARC) – takes soldiers and other members of the Armed Forces from the point of injury or illness through to their return to duty or into a supported civilian life and is being delivered in partnership with Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion, as well as other Service charities and Government Departments. The Personnel Recovery Centre in Colchester Garrison will be the first purpose-built facility of its kind and will provide residential accommodation for 29 soldiers and 31 day attendees. The building’s capital costs have been funded by Help for Heroes, while The Royal British Legion will meet the centre’s running costs. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2012.
10 Feb 11. CAE officially inaugurated its new aerospace and defence complex in Bangalore today in the presence of representatives of India’s airlines and defence forces, Canada’s High Commission to India, as well as company executives and employees. Located close to Bengaluru International Airport, the complex is headquarters for CAE’s operations in India and home to a majority of its India-based employees. In the 116 000 square-foot complex, CAE designs and develops defence training systems for India’s defence forces and operates an engineering centre of excellence where visual databases and other software components for CAE’s simulators are developed. The facility also houses CAE’s Bangalore aviation training centre, the first independent aviation training centre in India. The six-bay capacity centre currently offers Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 pilot training on three CAE-built full-flight simulators. More than 1,500 pilots trained at the centre last year, including pilots from Indian-based airlines such as Air India, Go Air, IndiGo, Kingfisher Airlines, Spicejet and commercial pilots of the Indian Air Force. Other customers include Fly Wings Aviation and SriLankan Airlines. The training centre is part of the CAE-Airbus Training Services Cooperation agreement.
14 Feb 11. Renaissance Strategic Advisors today announced that it is opening its European operations based out of a new office in London, UK. With the opening of the new office, located at 33 St. James Square, RS Advisors announced several new additions to our staff based in the Europe office.
Feb 11. NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS): Necessary Exercise. The Faslane-based NSRS was exercised at Coulport’s Explosive Handling Jetty from 31 Jan to 2 Feb 11, in preparation for EX GOLDEN ARROW on 1 Mar 11. During the Exercise, the NSRS will be flown to Norway in order to demonstrate that it can be sent to a submarine in distress anywhere in the world within 56 hours. NSRS is made up of three independent systems: a remotely operated vehicle to locate the stricken vessel; a submarine rescue vehicle (SRV) to evacuate up to 15 people at a time and a transfer under pressure (TUP) system for medical support.
Comment: NSRS is managed by Rolls-Royce on behalf of its three joint owners: the Navies of France, Norway and the UK. NSRS replaced the LR5 submersible which came to public notice when she was sent to the Barents Sea in support of the KURSK crew rescue attempt in August 2000. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/07, 14 Fe