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09 Aug 12. Afghanistan: OP HERRICK. A Lieutenant from 3rd Bn The Rifles was killed by small arms fire while on patrol in the Nad-e Ali District on
9 Aug 12. A soldier from 26 Engineer Regiment was killed while undertaking a construction task in the Nad-e Ali District on 10 Aug 12. UK deaths since the start of Operations on 7 Oct 01 thus rose to 424, of whom 384 were killed as a result of hostile action. (MoD, 10 Aug 12.)
Number 5 (RAF) Force Protection Wing carries out patrols within Camp Bastion and the surrounding area in order to provide Force Protection to over 25,000 personnel based there. (RAF Ops Update, 4 Aug 12.)
Afghan soldiers and Police, supported by British troops, completed an Operation to clear insurgents from the Lower Gereshk Valley. (MoD, 6 Aug 12.)
Soldiers of A Squadron The Light Dragoons discovered and destroyed an improvised explosive device cache containing 250kg of home-made explosives and pressure plates. (MoD, 7 Aug 12.)
Reservists from the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers are constructing a realistic improvised explosive device search facility in Cyprus, in order to train soldiers about to deploy to Afghanistan. (MoD, 9 Aug 12.)
Comment: Ambassador S Gass, who has served as the Senior Civilian Representative (SCR) in Afghanistan since April 2011, is returning to the FCO. Ambassador M R Jochems of the Netherlands is expected to take up the SCR post in October 2012. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 12/32, 13 Aug 12)

09 Aug 12. Olympic and Paralympic Games: Visitors to the Services. The Chief of the Defence Staff and the Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Games,
Lord Coe, visited Armed Forces personnel based at Hainault in Essex on 8 Aug 12. Over 3,000 Service personnel are based in Hainault to provide security at Games’ venues, including the Olympic Park.
HRH The Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, visited (9 Aug 12) the Maritime Security Force providing security around the Olympic sailing venue. RFA Mounts Bay, berthed in Portland Harbour as the logistics hub, was included in the Royal itinerary. Members of HMS BULWARK’s ship’s company travelled ashore from the command and control ship in order to meet the distinguished visitors.
Comment: The MoD also recorded (10 Aug 12) the visit by footballer David Beckham to Service personnel on duty at the Olympic Park. Many of those on duty were pleased to hear such a high profile visitor say: “Everyone’s doing an incredible job, they are so amazing.” (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 12/32, 13 Aug 12)

10 Aug 12. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said on Friday he was seeking special powers to safeguard the country’s strategic defence industry assets, which are owned by state-controlled military contractor Finmeccanica. The powers will apply to industries that are “in the essential interest of defending national security” and will have to be reviewed by the “relevant authorities” before they are adopted, a government statement said. The measures should not interfere with Finmeccanica’s plans to raise 1bn euros ($1.23bn) by selling non-core units in the transport and energy industries, two political sources said. The new rules, passed during a Cabinet meeting in Rome, are a further step towards limiting what were known as “golden share” powers to veto ownership changes at certain Italian companies and will be used on a “case by case” basis, the statement said. Italy passed a new law in May to comply with European Union competition regulations that required the government to specify the industries the state intends to shield from takeover or sale with specific decrees like the one issued on Friday. One of the sources said the veto powers will embrace assets held by Finmeccanica subsidiaries in

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