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Historic images released by MoD to mark Royal Air Force centenary 06 April 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.
New Shetland radar to better protect UK's northern airspace 26 January 2018
A new Royal Air Force radar facility reinforcing the UK's ability to track unidentified military or civilian aircraft will be powered up ready to operate soon, the head of the RAF heard today (26 January).
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, visited the site of the new £10m Remote Radar Head facility, at Saxa Vord, Unst, Shetland, to inspect its progress. "Right at the tip of Shetland, Saxa Vord is a very remote site, so I am extremely grateful to the team who have been working hard through the cold of winter, with snow and 120 mph gales, to ensure that the construction has remained on schedule." (See illustration).
This radar will improve RAF and NATO understanding of the airspace north of Britain and further out across the Norwegian Sea, improving the UK's sovereign capability at a time of heightened Russian military activity (See illustration). It will see the island return to the role it performed during the 1960s and '70s, when the site was used as an early warning radar on NATO's northern flank.
MarineFields and Inmarsat sign MOU 12 June 2017
On 7 June it was reported that MarineFields and Inmarsat had signed an MOU to partner in investigating how sea traffic management and satellite connectivity can make port calls more efficient for all stakeholders through improved information sharing, situational awareness, optimised processes, and collaborative decision making.
It is understood that the joint effort will be focused on providing a marketplace for port call optimization services resulting in just-in-time operations and shortened turn-around times.
Perseus PortCDM will connect the various stakeholders involved in, or related to, sea transport, including vessels, shipping companies, ports, terminals, and hinterland operators.
The aim of the project will be to focus on enhanced standardised data sharing,and enable third party providers to bring new and innovative services to keystakeholders in the maritime industry.
UK Government to support new runway at Heathrow 25 October 2016
On 25 October in a major boost for the UK economy the government announced its support for a new runway at Heathrow – the first full length runway in the south-east of the country since the Second World War. The scheme will now be taken forward in the form of a draft National Policy Statement (NPS) for consultation, it is understood. The government’s decision on its preferred location, which will be consulted on in the New Year, underlines its commitment to keeping the UK open for business now and in the future and as a hub for tourism and trade.
Urgency of London & UK's airport expansion 03 September 2014
Commenting on the Airports Commission's decision of 2nd September to reject the plan for a Thames estuary airport, Richard Threlfall, KPMG's UK head of infrastructure, building and construction, said, "The Thames estuary option, for all concerns raised, is a radical and visionary solution to the real capacity and connectivity problem. We have been talking about the capacity issues since the 1960s and we could still be talking about this in 2060. From a business and economic perspective, the conversation has gone on long enough and a decision on the solution needs to be made."
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