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Old April 27th, 2012, 12:45 PM   #3121
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Old April 27th, 2012, 03:52 PM   #3122
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London 2012: HMS Bulwark to test Weymouth Olympic security

Security preparations for the 2012 Olympics begin off the Dorset coast on Monday with the arrival of HMS Bulwark.

The Royal Navy ship will be based 10 miles off Weymouth to support a test exercise ahead of sailing and windsurfing events this summer.

The assault ship will remain offshore for three or four days with police activity also set to increase around Weymouth Harbour.

Dorset Police will use the vessel as its command base during the Olympics.

Weymouth and Portland is the largest Olympic and Paralympic venue outside of London and hosts the only other full-time Olympic village.

Dorset Police's marine officers will take to the water to ensure the event's security on a variety of vessels including jet skis, inflatable boats and smaller craft.

They are expected to be supported by other forces from around the country as well as personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

Capt Alex Burton, of HMS Bulwark, said: "The Olympics is a once in a generation event and it is a privilege that HMS Bulwark has been chosen to support the safety and security operation."

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Old April 28th, 2012, 01:35 AM   #3123
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Old April 29th, 2012, 09:16 AM   #3124
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UK puts missiles on London rooftop to guard Olympics

Britain's military has told residents of an upscale apartment development near the Olympic Park in east London it is installing a missile battery on top of a tower within their housing complex to defend the 2012 Games this summer.


The site is one of a number around the capital the army is considering as bases for surface-to-air missiles to protect the London games from an aerial attack, the Ministry of Defence said.

It is the first time such missiles have been deployed in London since the end of World War Two, shocking some residents at the Bow Quarter housing development, sited in a converted red-brick Victorian match factory.

"There was no consultation, no one knocked on the door," Brian Whelan, a 28-year-old journalist, told Reuters. "You just wake up one morning, there's a leaflet telling you they are going to put missiles on the roof."

The measure was excessive and had upset his girlfriend, he said. "I can't imagine the circumstances that would require you to fire missiles over a highly populated area."

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond first announced the plans in November, saying Britain would follow the precedent set by previous Olympics such as the Beijing games in 2008 where surface to air missiles were stationed a kilometre south of its showpiece stadiums.

The defence ministry said in a leaflet sent to occupants on Saturday it had chosen the former water tower in the Bow Quarter complex because it offered "an excellent view of the surrounding area and the entire sky above the Olympic Park."

The tower was in fact "the only suitable site in this area for the HVM (High Velocity Missile) system," it added.

The rooftop missile battery is one of a number of extraordinary measures Londoners can expect during the high-profile sporting festival, including restrictions on road lanes for Olympic use and a security bill of more than a billion pounds.
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Old April 29th, 2012, 12:14 PM   #3125
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Old April 29th, 2012, 01:15 PM   #3126
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Old April 30th, 2012, 05:44 AM   #3127
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London 2012: Birmingham Airport unveils Olympic rings

Birmingham Airport has installed two sets of illuminated Olympic rings on its air traffic control tower to celebrate the London 2012 Games.

The two-metre diameter rings are visible from the road and the air.

Airport chief executive Paul Kehoe said he was proud to display them as "the Olympic Games are for the entire country, not just London."

The city will host Jamaican and US track and field teams and Coventry is hosting Olympic football competitions.

Mr Kehoe said: "The Midlands region will have a big role to play during the Olympic and Paralympic Games so we want everyone flying into Birmingham for the occasion to have a special welcome."

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Old April 30th, 2012, 03:13 PM   #3128
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London 2012: BBC launches Olympic torch relay trail

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Old May 1st, 2012, 02:29 PM   #3129
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Old May 1st, 2012, 02:54 PM   #3130
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Old May 1st, 2012, 09:22 PM   #3131
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 12:49 AM   #3132
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The final test events are scheduled for this coming weekend:

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Old May 2nd, 2012, 09:36 AM   #3133
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RAF Typhoon jets arrive in London to test Olympic security



Royal Air Force Typhoon jets have arrived at an airbase in London for a large-scale Olympic security exercise.

The aircraft will be based at RAF Northolt, taking part in eight days of training over London and the home counties until 10 May, as part of operation Exercise Olympic Guardian.

It is the first time fighter jets have been stationed at the west London site since WWII.

But anti-military campaigners warn the jets will create a "climate of fear".

The Typhoon jets, which can travel at up to 1,370 miles per hour, will put pilots through their paces, testing security in the skies ahead of their vital role during the 2012 Olympic Games, which start in July.

Military chiefs have alerted residents in south-east England about the operation, warning that they will notice an increase in often loud air activity, especially on 4 and 5 May.

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Old May 3rd, 2012, 06:46 AM   #3135
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So what is the Argentinian video about? Some sort of jab at the UK over the Falklands War or something?
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Military begins Olympic security exercises in London



A large-scale exercise to test the military contribution to the Olympics security effort has been taking place.

Tests of air defence missile systems at six sites across London using dummy armaments have begun.

And Typhoon jets, based at RAF Northolt in west London, will take to the skies over south-east England with Lynx, Sea King and Puma helicopters.

Exercise Olympic Guardian, which goes on until 10 May, will also see HMS Ocean sail to Greenwich in the capital.

Military chiefs have warned residents of an increase in loud air activity.

The exercises are testing how RAF personnel, soldiers and sailors will intercept and communicate with aircraft breaching restricted airspace during the London Games, which start in July.

The Ministry of Defence said the operations were building on the air force's existing defence of UK airspace.

Under the Air Security Plan, 30-miles (48km) of airspace surrounding the Olympic Park would become a restricted flying zone.

On the ground, the RAF will provide mobile ground radar systems, while the Army deploys air observers and high-velocity missiles.

The observers would be placed at 14 sites to spot potential air threats using binoculars with thermal imaging detecting systems.

Helicopters with Royal Air Force regiment snipers could also be used to intercept aircraft that entered the restricted airspace without permission, the RAF said.

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