Defence Secretary meets Australian Defence Minister Following £20bn British Warship Deal

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson met with Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne today, following the country’s decision to buy a British warship design as part of a potentially record-breaking £20 billion deal. The meeting between the two ministers, and Defence Minister for procurement Guto Bebb, came just a fortnight after British firm BAE Systems was chosen as the preferred bidder for Australia’s ‘SEA 5000’ Future Frigate competition, securing the biggest international ship deal of the decade. The agreement will see nine cutting-edge British Type 26 Global Combat Ships built in…

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Hunter Class Marks New Era for Navy’s Future Fleet

Navy’s future frigates will be known as ‘Hunter Class’ with the Chief of Navy confirming the first of the Hunter Class Guided Missile Frigates (FFG) to be commissioned in the late 2020s. In a signal to all Navy personnel, Vice Admiral Barrett said class name was chosen to reflect the tradition of naming RAN ships that promote Navy’s bond with the Nation. In this case, the first three ships of the Hunter class will proudly carry the names of three major Australian regions, all with strong historical maritime and naval…

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Defence Secretary names new warship HMS Cardiff on St David’s Day

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced the name of one of the new Type 26 warships as HMS Cardiff on St. David’s Day. The third to be named in the City Class of eight brand new, cutting-edge, anti-submarine warfare frigates, HMS Cardiff will provide advanced protection for the likes of the UK’s nuclear deterrent and Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, and offer an unrivalled anti-submarine warfare capability. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK0GGTyoWPc[/embedyt] Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “HMS Cardiff will be a terrific tribute to Wales and its capital city. She will bolster…

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