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Bayonet Charge Foils Enemy Ambush

We featured this modern-day “They don’t like it up ‘em!” Corporal Jones on our Facebook page a few days ago, now here’s the full story from the Ministry of Defence, Defence News…

A soldier who led a bayonet charge over 80 metres of open ground through enemy fire has been awarded the Military Cross.

Corporal Sean Jones

Corporal Sean Jones, 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.
(Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012)

The gallant tactical move by Corporal Sean Jones of 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) reversed a potentially dire situation when his patrol came under attack in a carefully planned ambush in October last year.

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Is it hip and/or cool to wear camo?

Eric at Soldier Systems Daily was feeling all nostalgic for US Woodland camo yesterday – maybe because he’d come across the Woodland camo FR Combat Shirt and Trousers from DRIFIRE at the Modern Day Marine exhibition.  And for us old-timers who were issued Woodland camo BDUs, its hard not to feel nostalgic about it when we look at UCP…

But then, just to make us all feel even older and uncool, one of his readers sent him this photo from New York luxury clothing brand Barneys:

Prompting the question of whether Woodland camo has skipped cool and gone straight to hip.  Well, aside from the fact that this is clearly not an authentic Woodland camo print, a lot of us wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of skinny jeans anyway (even if we could fit into them).  And we certainly wouldn’t pair them with our little brother’s tweed jacket and denim shirt – or pose like a snooty little girl either.

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Friday Foto

U.S. and Romanian soldiers perform a parachute jump from a Slovakian helicopter during at a training base in Udbina, Croatia, Sept. 17, 2012, during exercise Jackal Stone 2012. Jackal Stone is an annual joint special operations exercise designed to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces as well as to build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts, training concepts and various tactics, techniques and procedures.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Placie)

UK Naval Forces Gear Up for Cougar 12

More than 3,000 sailors and marines are gearing up for a three-month training deployment to the Mediterranean – this year’s key workout of the UK’s high-readiness task force.

The deployment, known as Cougar 12, will see Royal Navy warships, Royal Marines commandos and naval airpower, which make up the Response Force Task Group (RFTG), train with French and Albanian maritime forces.

The RFTG was created under the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review and is a rapid reaction force that deals with unexpected world events that require military intervention.

Cougar 12 will start with a beach assault by the Royal Marines in the UK’s South West, from 1-9 October, before the entire Group meets up in the Mediterranean later in the month.

Young Royal Marines Commando Officers in training conducting a beach insertion exercise (library image). (Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Martin Carney, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012)

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IN THE FIGHT: Qatar Internal Security Forces Special Operations Group

“The Lekhwiya Force” is the official nickname of Qatar’s Internal Security Forces. Lekhwiya (also sometimes written as Lakhwiya) is a Qatari word that is roughly the equivalent of brothers-in-arms and was originally used to refer to the tribesmen who traditionally provided law and order.

The modern Qatari Internal Security Force (ISF) was established in 2004 and has a fairly wide-ranging law enforcement and public safety remit including:

  1. Assisting and supporting concern state agencies in maintaining security and stability.
  2. Responding to terrorist acts and any other acts that may jeopardize internal security.
  3. Ensuring the safety of dignitaries, leader, and guests of the Qatar.
  4. Work and coordinate stakeholders to combat smuggling crimes.
  5. Dealing with riots.
  6. Securing conferences, meetings and other events.

In executing these duties the ISF often collaborates with other agencies such as the Ministry of Interior, Civil Defence, Coast Guard, and national Police traffic and patrol units.

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