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1,000 troops head for Scots base

ALMOST 1,000 troops are to be moved to the former RAF base at Kinloss next summer, two years earlier than expected, the Ministry of defence will announce today.

Helmand troops just 30 days away from shortages of vital kit

The military supply chain responsible for getting vital equipment to British forces on operations in Afghanistan and Libya is at "critical risk of failure", MPs have warned.

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Plans to house troops outside of Edinburgh 'fly in the face of reason'

A RETIRED brigadier has branded the army's plans to move out of Edinburgh as "flying in the face of reason".

End of cavalry, as Dragoons to be merged with infantry

THE Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, one of Scotland's oldest regiments, is to be merged with the infantry, marking the demise of the British Army's cavalry after 350 years.

Closure threat to naval college

A NAVAL training college which helped start the relationship between a young Princess Elizabeth and her future husband the Duke of Edinburgh could be closed because of armed forces spending cuts, according to a leaked memo.

Alexander tells of hopes for jobless on visit to doomed air base

CHIEF Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has praised a new initiative designed to help find new jobs for Moray workers who have lost their employment as a result of the closure of RAF Kinloss as a frontline air base.

General's leaked letter warns 5,000 additional soldiers could be laid off

A SENIOR army chief has warned of a fresh wave of redundancies that will wipe out entire battalions and regiments, a leaked letter to commanding officers has revealed.

Borders tank training site 'will be of limited use'

THE planned new training area for tanks in Scotland will lie between Lauder and Charterhall in the Borders, army insiders have told The Scotsman.

New army super barracks could cost £400m

THE proposed new army super barracks in Scotland could cost up to £400 million, The Scotsman has learned.

Argylls in line to become TA reserve unit

ONE of Scotland's most famous regular army units is set to be turned into a Territorial Army reservist battalion as part of UK defence cuts.

Jobs joy as threatened missile range wins cash to stay open

Europe's largest missile test centre in the Hebrides has had its future safeguarded for at least the next five years - just two years after it was saved from a government spending cut.

'Army is worth less than RAF to communities'

PLANS to turn Scottish RAF bases into army barracks will cost the communities around them tens of millions of pounds a year, it has been claimed.

Barracks plan slammed as 'ludicrous bid for fast buck'

PLANS to sell off historic bases in Edinburgh and build a new super-barracks in West Lothian have been branded "ludicrous" by a retired senior officer who had the job of running large parts of the army in Scotland.

'Diversify to survive' airbase area warned

A COMMUNITY facing the closure of one of its economically vital RAF bases has been warned that it needs to diversify to survive.

Barracks sale 'ludicrous'

PLANS to sell off the Army's historic bases in Edinburgh and build a new super-barracks in West Lothian have been branded "ludicrous" by retired senior officer Clive Fairweather, who used to run large parts of the Army in Scotland.

Barracks are welcomed by West Lothian

WEST Lothian Council has welcomed the news that new barracks are to be built in Kirknewton by 2016-17.

SNP challenge over Alexander's £200m defence dividend

Doubling the size of the army will be worth £200 million a year for Scotland, Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has claimed.

Army and local families share shock decision to close historic barracks

RESIDENTS and traders in Oxgangs and Colinton have spoken of their fears over the closure of Redford and Dreghorn barracks.

Minister 'misspoke over fast-jet pledge for new carriers'

THERE was confusion last night over the UK government's plans for the new aircraft carriers, as officials claimed that Defence Secretary Liam Fox "misspoke" when he said that both of them would both be prepared for use by fighter jets.

Demand for quality housing may see barracks site sales raise £50m for MoD

EXPERTS believe demand for high-quality family housing in Edinburgh may see the Ministry of Defence generate upwards of £50 million from their three sites in the capital.

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