£235 Million Submarine Nuclear Propulsion Deal

February 25, 2019 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has awarded a £235m contract to support nuclear propulsion systems and revealed the name of the third Dreadnought submarine. The multi-million-pound deal with Rolls-Royce Submarines Limited will provide the support, advice and material required to ensure the continued safety and availability of the systems on board the current fleet of Trafalgar, Vanguard and Astute class submarines until 2022. The contract will sustain around 500 UK jobs. During the visit to Rolls-Royce’s site in Raynesway, Derbyshire, the Defence Secretary also announced that HMS…

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Defence Secretary Announces First P-8A Deployment

February 18, 2019 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced that the UK’s new fleet of submarine hunting aircraft will take to the skies over the Arctic next year. While visiting Royal Marines and Royal Navy personnel on winter training in Norway, the Defence Secretary announced that as part of their first deployment next year the RAF P8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft will be in the Arctic to counter Russian submarine activity that has reached Cold War levels. This deployment is part of the Defence Arctic Strategy, which will be published…

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UK wins global F-35 support assignment worth £500M

February 12, 2019 – The UK’s role as a leading partner on the global F-35 program has received another huge boost today. The F-35 avionic and aircraft component repair hub in North Wales was awarded a second major assignment of work worth some £500M by the US Department of Defense. Following the announcement in 2016 that the UK would be the location of the global repair hub for the initial tranche of F-35 components, today’s news sees significantly more UK support work to the cutting-edge jets. This new assignment will…

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Gavin Williamson Unveils Vision for Defense in Global Britain

February 11, 2019 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has outlined the global role of the UK’s Armed Forces and defense industry after leaving the European Union and beyond in a speech at RUSI today. The Defence Secretary acknowledged that the UK faces a world of competing powers, hostile states and stateless ideologies, who are happy to operate in a ‘grey zone’ between war and peace. He claimed it is crucial that Britain’s Armed Forces and defense infrastructure are ready to meet these challenges and do not stand still as the world…

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Submarine skills for the future: £25m submarine academy opens in Barrow-in-Furness

December 6, 2018 – The Academy for Skills and Knowledge, at BAE Systems’ Submarines site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, was officially opened today by the Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson. The state of the-art £25m training academy covers 89,340 sq. ft. and was built to develop the world-class engineering skills required to design, build and deliver complex submarine programs to the Royal Navy. Featuring classrooms, workshops, a virtual reality suite and scale-model sized submarine units, the academy will provide bespoke training to almost 9,000 employees including nearly 800 apprentices.…

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Defence Secretary Announces £400m SSBN Funding Boost

December 6, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today announced a £400 million funding boost for the Dreadnought program, as he opened a new training academy and revealed the name of the second Dreadnought submarine. The planned funding release, which supports the building phase of the programme, came as the Defence Secretary unveiled a £25 million BAE Systems academy that will upskill employees to work on Royal Navy submarines for the next two decades. The £400million investment will safeguard more than 8,000 jobs in Barrow and across the UK,…

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New First Sea Lord Appointment Announced

December 3, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed that Her Majesty the Queen has approved the new appointment of First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff. Vice Admiral Tony Radakin CB is to be promoted Admiral and appointed First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, in succession to Admiral Sir Philip Jones. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson also confirmed the following senior appointments to the top echelon of the Armed Services: Vice Admiral Timothy Fraser CB is to be promoted Admiral and appointed Vice Chief of the Defence…

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Eighth RN Type 26 Named HMS Edinburgh

November 29, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced HMS Edinburgh as the name of a cutting-edge British warship on the eve of St Andrew’s Day. The submarine-hunting state-of-the-art frigate builds on the city’s proud naval history and is the seventh warship to carry the name. And as the eighth frigate to be named in the future Type 26 fleet, Edinburgh will be built on the Clyde as part of a £3.7bn program that will sustain 4,000 jobs. HMS Edinburgh will be at the forefront of the nation’s world-leading…

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Defence Secretary secures ships to protect home waters

November 22, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has secured the protection of British home waters by announcing he will retain three of the Royal Navy’s patrol ships. The future of the Batch 1 Offshore Patrols Vessels (OPVs), HMS Tyne, HMS Mersey and HMS Severn, which currently support the Fishery Protection Squadron, have been secured by the Defence Secretary. They will be retained for at least the next two years to bolster the UK’s ability to protect our fishing fleet as well as our shores. The Royal Navy currently provide…

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Maritime training deployments to deepen UK-Ukraine defence partnership

November 21, 2018 – The UK and Ukraine will continue to strengthen their defense partnership in the face of intensifying threats and aggression, the Defence Secretary reaffirmed today. In a meeting with the visiting Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, Gavin Williamson announced a range of forthcoming deployments and exercises that will see the two countries’ Armed Forces continue to work together in defense of the international rules-based order. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “As long as Ukraine faces Russian hostilities, it will find a steadfast partner in the United Kingdom.…

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Defence Secretary Announces Devonport Will Be Home to Type 26 Frigates

October 8, 2018 – All of the Royal Navy’s next-generation Type 26 frigates will be homed in Devonport, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced at the Naval Base today. The eight Type 26 warships will start being delivered to the Royal Navy from the mid-2020s, heralding yet another new era in the role of a base which has played a central role in the defence of the UK for hundreds of years – from the Napoleonic wars to the Falklands Conflict. The 6,900-tonne frigates will be world-class anti-submarine warships and…

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Fourth UK Type 26 Named HMS Birmingham

September 30, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today made two major announcements for the future of British warships, as he named a new frigate HMS Birmingham and revealed he is protecting HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion. Speaking in Birmingham, the Defence Secretary outlined that one of Britain’s new cutting-edge Type 26 frigates will be called HMS Birmingham, becoming the fourth Royal Navy ship to bear that name. The 6,900-tonne frigates will be world-class anti-submarine warships and will provide cutting-edge protection for the likes of the UK’s nuclear deterrent…

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UK Defence Secretary Announces New Defence Arctic Strategy

September 30, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today announced a new Defence Arctic Strategy, acknowledging the increasing opportunities and threats the region presents. The strategy will enhance the Ministry of Defence’s focus on the Arctic, underlined by our current commitments in the region and future deployments. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, Russia, with more submarines operating under the ice and ambitions to build over 100 facilities in the Arctic, are staking a claim and militarising the region. We must be ready to deal with all threats as they…

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RAF Jets Intercept Russian Bombers approaching UK Airspace

Today (20 September), RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Typhoon fighter aircraft scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth to monitor two Russian planes approaching UK airspace. The Russian Blackjacks long-range bombers were not talking to air traffic control, making them a hazard to all other aviation. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Russian bombers probing UK airspace is another reminder of the very serious military challenge that Russia poses us today. We will not hesitate to continually defend our skies from acts of aggression. Once again the rapid reactions of our RAF have demonstrated…

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