RAF Marham Gears Up For F-35 Lightning ll


DS is most grateful to Howard Wheeldon FRAeS for permission to reproduce his recent highly informative article covering the extensive work in progress at RAF Marham ahead of the introduction of the F35B Lightning II into Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Service in 2018. In the past DS has been critical of Ministry of Defence logic leading to the selection of the F35B but, that decision having been made, it is encouraging to learn that preparatory work to receive the aircraft is well in hand. Although not specifically mentioned in the article we assume that this work extends to the all important Autonomic Logistic Information System which is crucial to the operation and maintenance of all F35 variants. (more…)

2017 is the year of the Navy

DS is pleased to acknowledge the defence secretary’s statement on the future of the RN but DS is also cautious because of the danger that what is offered is aspirational rather than reality. (more…)

A Simple Message of Support for Our Armed Forces from DefenceSynergia at Christmas 2016

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chief of the Defence Staff, rightly pointed out in his 2016 Royal United Services Institute lecture that several thousand British service personnel would be serving overseas or on duty at home this coming Christmas. Although figures vary and it is difficult to say exactly how many are where, there are UK military garrisons or units in Germany, Falkland Islands, Brunei, Gibraltar, Bahrain, Baltic States, Ascension Island and Cyprus; training and UN cadre in Afghanistan, Canada, Kenya, Cyprus, Somalia and Iraq with some 81 military attaches worldwide. While we civilians are eating our turkey and drinking the port, detached from home waters a Royal Navy Vanguard class SSBN with 135 personnel on board will be silently defending our nation from nuclear attack as they do 365 days a year, as do Royal Air Force personnel who watch our air space and provide Quick Reaction Alert. Across the UK and deployed worldwide, headquarters and base staff still operate. Duty watches, guard commanders and their guard force, orderly officers, sergeants and corporals supported by catering staff will provide cover so that the majority can enjoy some well earned time off. When our Armed Forces personnel are on combat operations the operating tempo at Christmas may reduce for a few hours but their vigilance and responsiveness, often the danger, does not. So, whether our service personnel are at home with their families, separated, in some far off land, keeping watch on the bridge of a ship, playing ‘uckers’ in a crew room, or just trying to stay warm in a war torn building, DefenceSynergia says thank you…we are grateful for your selfless service to your country when serving overseas away from your families most especially at this festive time of year. …We wish you, your families and friends a Happy Christmas, and, God willing, a Peaceful New Year.

The Defence Debate – Logistics, A Forgotten Factor

The Defence Debate – Logistics, A Forgotten Factor

Victory is the beautiful, bright coloured flower. Transport is the stem without which it could never have blossomed.” — Sir Winston S. Churchill, The River War, vii (1899)

You will not find it difficult to prove that battles, campaigns, and even wars have been won or lost primarily because of logistics.” — General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Only a commander who understands logistics can push the military machine to the limits without risking total breakdown.” — General Julian Thompson

Logistics sets the campaign’s operational limits.” — Joint Pub 1, Joint Warfare of the U.S. Armed Forces, November 1991 (more…)