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26 Apr 10. Afghanistan: OP HERRICK. A transfer of authority ceremony for the Nahr-e Saraj (South) area, from 1st Bn Coldstream Guards to 1st Bn The Royal Gurkha Rifles was conducted by Commander, Task Force Helmand. (MoD, 26 Apr 10.)
Soldiers from 21 Engineer Regiment are guiding their opposite numbers from the Afghan National Army (ANA) in engineer tasks. (MoD, 27 Apr 10.)
Soldiers from 1st Bn The Royal Welsh are acting as force protection for the Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Task Force in South West Helmand. (ISAF, 29 Apr 10.)
In support of Afghan Forces, soldiers from 1st Bn Coldstream Guards conducted a final helicopter insertion Operation before their return to the UK. A village in South Malgir was targeted, but no weapons were found. (MoD, 29 Apr 10.)
An ANA Sergeant working with 1st Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland holds the record for finding the most IED: 177 during three years in Helmand. (MoD, 30 Apr 10.)
Comment: Following a visit to Afghanistan by NATO Parliamentarians (23-28 Apr 10), they concluded that “….efforts are at a critical juncture….strategic patience will be necessary if current efforts are to fully bear fruit.”. NATO’s Military Committee is to meet in Chiefs of Defence Staff session on 5/6 May 10 at NATO HQ in
Brussels. “Discussions are to focus on the progress made in NATO-led Operations, transformation, resources and co-operation.” (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 09/17, 03 May 09)

03 May 210. Britain’s Ministry of Defence said May 3 it was investigating how two nuclear submarines were allowed to go to sea with a serious safety defect. HMS Turbulent and HMS Tireless went to sea without the use of safety valves designed to release pressure from steam generators in an emergency, according to a leaked official memo written last week and published by The Guardian of Manchester. HMS Turbulent reportedly operated with the glitch for more than two years, while HMS Tireless was affected for more than a year. Both are nuclear-powered attack submarines. Experts say that the situation meant radioactive water could have leaked into the submarine if pressure had built up to dangerous levels. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “We can confirm that, as part of routine maintenance checks, an issue was identified on HMS Turbulent and HMS Tireless which has now been resolved. “We take safety extremely seriously and as soon as we were aware of this potential issue, we took action to address the problem. “Detailed investigations to assess the cause and any possible safety implications are ongoing and it is too early to speculate on the outcome of those investigations.” Two British sailors died after an explosion on board HMS Tireless in 2007. (Source: Defense News)

04 May 10. DCNS to self-fund construction of highly innovative OPV
A strategic investment under the Championship growth initiative. DCNS, a leading player on the world market for capital warships, also aims to win new business in the corvette/OPV sector. In line with this policy, the Group has decided

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