Defence in the Media: Thursday 5 October 2017

Today’s defence-related news includes coverage of yesterday’s RAF Quick Reaction Alert and the rededication of the Second World War Fusilier’s grave 74 years after his death.

RAF Quick Reaction Alert

The Times, Daily Mirror, Daily Star, The Sun, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, and Daily Record report that RAF Typhoons were launched as part of a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) to intercept a Ryanair flight which had reported a suspicious package. During the QRA launch the Typhoons went supersonic for operational reasons. The articles report that it is suspected that the bomb alert was a hoax.

An RAF spokesperson said:

The RAF can confirm Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft were launched this morning from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft. The aircraft was safely escorted to Stansted airport. The Typhoon aircraft were authorised to transit at supersonic speed for operational reasons; any inconvenience caused to local residents is regretted.

Rededication of Second World War Fusilier’s grave 74 years after his death

Following last night’s coverage on the BBC 1800 and 2200 News, the Daily Express and The Guardian (online) report on the twin brothers who found their father’s grave for the first time in 74 years. Their father, Fusilier Edward Graham was shot dead in a German machine-gun ambush on the Italian island in August 1943, with his final burial place remaining a mystery until it was uncovered by decades of research.

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Image of the day

Pictured here is one of the locals photographing the Red Arrows display at the beach in Muscat, Oman.