Defence Daily Update - 12 February 2008

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* IN PICTURES: Aggressive Marine patrols support Helmand healthcare
* Ambush takes shape
* New mosque for Afghan National Army
* £35m contract allows assembly of Navy Super Carriers
* More Grenade Machine Guns for front line troops

Defence in the Media: 12 February 2008

Lost Army Laptop
The Sun has reported that an Army laptop “packed with secret information” has been handed to them after it was left in a pub. All security breaches are taken extremely seriously and the MOD and the Army will be investigating this incident as a matter of urgency.

Compensation for injuries
It has been reported that the father of a Serviceman who was injured in Iraq has attacked the Government because his son’s compensation has not been increased despite changes to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. We do not comment on individual cases but the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme is a no-fault scheme which, for the first time, provides a lump sum payment in service and, for more serious injury, a regular, tax-free index-linked payment. This can amount to hundreds of thousands of pounds over a lifetime.

Image of the day: 12 February 2008

Highlander Scotty Baines from 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland carving round a fast corner in the Senior Men's 20 km Individual Biathlon. [Picture: Cpl Steve Bain (RAF)]

Exercise RUCKSACK 2008, the British National, Interservices and Army Biathlon and Cross Country Ski Championships has recently taken place held in Obertilliach, Austria, bringing together teams from all over the British Army and the Royal Air Force. Pictured here is Highlander Scotty Baines from 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland carving round a fast corner in the Senior Men’s 20 km Individual Biathlon. He went on to win this event. [Picture: Cpl Steve Bain (RAF)]

Defence Diary: 12 February 2008

Today - 12 February 2008
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy, to attend the Cadet Regional Activity Opening at RAF Linton-on-Ouse
The Royal Navy Merlin Force support the BBC’s Blue Peter presenters in their support of Sports Relief, by flying them between the four highest peaks in the UK.
RAF Experience Day at RAF Halton for potential recruits.

Tomorrow - 13 February 2008
Defence Secretary, Des Browne, to meet the Iraqi national security adviser.
A mix of gallantry and non-operational awards will be invested today.
Media facility at the driver training school in Bovington, Dorset for the RM Vikings.


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