We have lost small arsenal of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition, MoD admits

Machine weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition are amongst objects which have gone lacking from Military bases, the MoD has admitted – Andrew Chittock/Stocktrek Photographs/Stocktrek Photographs

Britain’s armed forces seem to have misplaced a small arsenal of weapons that features machine weapons, assault rifles, rocket launchers and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, official information present.

The misplaced or stolen arms embody two basic function machine weapons (GPMG), one among which was misplaced by the Royal Navy at sea.

The GPMG, which may fireplace as much as 750 rounds per minute and has a variety of as much as 1,800 metres, is a crucial weapon for  infantry battalions.

Different losses embody a deactivated Russian rocket launcher, as much as eight SA-80 rifles and several other Glock pistols.

Final yr, thieves stole a decommissioned First World Battle Lewis machine gun from the regimental headquarters of the Queen’s Royal Hussars and a .50-calibre heavy machine gun went lacking  from an Military headquarters in Wiltshire.

In complete, a minimum of 30 weapons have been both misplaced or stolen from navy bases since 2018.

Freedom of Data (FoI) requests obtained by The Sunday Telegraph and  http://NationalSecurityNews.com present that different weapons losses have included a deactivated Soviet-made AK47 assault rifle, Military cadet rifles, a deactivated Second World Battle Luger pistol, First and Second World Battle automated weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

All the losses have been investigated by navy police however no objects have been discovered.

Moreover, 1,800 computer systems, laptops and reminiscence sticks have been misplaced by defence chiefs within the final 4 years.

Sarah Olney MP has called for an investigation into whether any of the laptops, mobile phones or hard drives that have gone missing contained sensitive information

Sarah Olney MP has known as for an investigation into whether or not any of the laptops, cellphones or exhausting drives which have gone lacking contained delicate info – Aaron Chown/PA Archive

The federal government figures reveal that between 2018 and 2023 a minimum of 1,400 MoD laptops, 100 computer systems and as much as 300 USB sticks, which might maintain huge quantities of delicate information, additionally went lacking.

The newest MoD figures launched to MPs present that within the final two years 361 laptops had been both misplaced or stolen, together with 98 cellphones, 70 pc exhausting drives and 50 reminiscence sticks.

In August, 51 laptops disappeared from the MoD’s stock and an additional 50 had been both misplaced or stolen within the first three months of final yr.

A whole bunch of things are reported as both being misplaced or stolen yearly by the MoD. In 2022,  a Land Rover was stolen in Kenya, together with 4 automobile batteries and wheels value some £16,000.

Night time imaginative and prescient gear, value greater than £2,000, was stolen, together with greater than £30,000 of silverware, from Cottesmore navy base.

Big safety danger

The large variety of  pc and reminiscence stick losses can have posed a probably large safety danger to the armed forces, one navy professional has claimed, and investigators needed to launch dozens of enquiries to ascertain whether or not the gear contained secret or delicate info probably of use to overseas powers.

The FOIs additionally reveal that tons of of different items of apparatus, resembling helmets, physique armour, boots, respirators and diving knives and a generator had been stolen from navy warehouses.

A few of the particulars had been printed by Dr Andrew Murrison, the Beneath Secretary of State on the MoD, in response to a parliamentary written query submitted by Sarah Olney MP, who described the findings as “astonishing”.

Ms Olney, the Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, additionally known as for an inquiry into what went unsuitable and the potential dangers posed by the thefts.

‘Authorities has an obligation to maintain folks protected’

She mentioned: “The Authorities has an obligation to maintain folks protected, but this revelation from the MoD needs to be ringing alarm bells for our nationwide and private safety.”

A Ministry of Defence spokesman mentioned: “We take safety of defence very critically and have sturdy insurance policies and procedures to forestall losses and thefts. Encryption on gadgets ensures any information is safeguarded and prevents entry to our community.

“The place there’s suspected felony exercise, we are going to take the mandatory steps to analyze and prosecute.”

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