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Historic images released by MoD to mark Royal Air Force centenary
06 April 2018

WAAF plotters at work in the underground Operations Room at HQ Fighter Command, Bentley Priory, NW London. A senior officer studies the unfolding events from the viewing deck above - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

To mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force, the world's first independent air force, the (UK) Ministry of Defence have brought together a series of impressive photographs, showing the development of the Service, and its people, across the years. The images in the collection, offer an amazing insight into the RAF, showing snapshots of the people and equipment that have enabled successful operations from the air over the last century.
Harland Quarrington the MOD's Chief Photographer offered his thoughts: 'This was truly a challenging but hugely rewarding task, often it proved massively difficult to identify the history of an image. In many cases a tail number, or Squadron crest would be the only clues, but we stuck at it and with the help of our RAF friends managed to finalise this wonderful package - we are very proud of the results and of the Royal Air Force.'
Here we publish with grateful thanks to the MOD media service and the Air Historical Branch a representative selection of the pictures showing the first half century of the RAF.

Squadron Commander EH Dunning attempting to land his Sopwith Pup (N6453) on the flight deck of HMS Furious for the second time on 7 August 1917, five days after his first success - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
A De Haviland Mosquito FB.VIs of 248 Squadron attacking a German 'M' Class minesweeper and two trawler-type auxiliaries in the mouth of the Gironde River, off Royan, France, on 12 August 1944. Bombs can be seen straddling the vessel, which later blew up - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
The Coronation Review of the Royal Air Force by HM Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her coronation earlier that year - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
For the 20th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 1960, a unique line-up of RAF fighters from the Battle of Britain to the present day (in 1960) - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©


US Navy's Fleet Comprehensive Review
06 November 2017

On 2 November the US Navy released the report of the Fleet Comprehensive Review conducted by Commander, US Fleet Forces Command, Admiral Phil Davidson.
Collisions between USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and mv ACX Crystal and between USS John S McCain (DDG 56) and mv Alnic MC, along with other similar incidents over the past year, indicated a need for the US Navy to undertake a review of a wider scope to better determine systemic causes. The US Navy's Comprehensive Review of Surface Force Incidents, completed 26 October represents the results of this effort. This review represents a summary of significant actions needed to fix the larger problems and their causes leading up to these incidents.


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