UK and France commit to new defence cooperation

The Defence Secretary has joined the Prime Minister, Chancellor, Foreign Secretary and other members of the Cabinet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for the 2018 UK-France Summit. The two countries are the only European powers with the ability and political will to deploy and sustain significant military force. A number of initiatives have been announced at the Summit to strengthen UK-France cooperation, building on the 2010 Lancaster House Treaties. The measures agreed between the UK and France today will include: President Macron has agreed to further French support to…

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Babcock launches ‘Team 31’ bid for new UK frigate

Babcock today announced it will lead a bespoke team of industry partners in a bid for the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) new £1.25 billion Type 31e general purpose light frigate programme, building on the success of its role within the Aircraft Carrier Alliance. Two of the UK’s leading defence suppliers – Babcock and Thales – have joined forces with BMT, Harland & Wolff and Ferguson Marine to form ‘Team 31’ to deliver world-class ships that will drive economic benefits throughout the UK. The highly experienced team will seek to…

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FOI responses published by MOD: week commencing 04 December 2017

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Freedom of Information (FOI) responses published during the week commencing 04 December 2017. Safety data sheets for aviation turbine fuel FSII (AVTUR) Ref: HOCS 2017/08652PDF, 1.92MB, 6 pages Information on Royal Navy Marine Enforcement Officers involvement in slavery in fishing Ref: Navy 2017/11034PDF, 112KB, 2 pages Number of South Atlantic Medals without rosette issued as at 3 November 2017 Ref: DBS 2017/11071PDF, 35.2KB, 1 page No information held on Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees regarding Subject Access Requests from 2014 to 2016 Ref: DBS 2017/10393PDF, 57.2KB, 2 pages Request copy of results from Stress Indicator Survey by Institute of…

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FOI responses published by MOD: week commencing 6 November 2017

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Freedom of Information (FOI) responses published during the week commencing 6 November 2017 Documents Request named documents for Lieutenant Commander to Commander Promotion Selection process Ref: Navy 2017/08276PDF, 458KB, 6 pages Request statistical information regarding weapon engineers submariners Ref: Navy 2017/08718PDF, 128KB, 2 pages Information regarding MOD Police informants from financial year 2012 to 2016 Ref: MDP 2017/07922PDF, 230KB, 3 pages Information relating to job evaluations for named positions within the navy Ref: Navy 2017/09263PDF, 199KB, 3 pages Request list of named documents for ex-military vehicle Ref: DE&S 2017/09171PDF, 6.4MB, 435 pages Request information on 42 Commando Royal Marines Ref: Navy 2017/09017PDF, 84.3KB, 2 pages…

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Babcock and BMT sign cooperation agreement to develop future surface ships

Babcock and BMT have signed a cooperation agreement, which outlines the principles of a strategic relationship that will see the companies collaborate to support the Design, Build, Construction and Support of future classes of Surface Ships for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and other international projects. The initial focus will be cooperation on the recently announced Type31e program and the ability to offer a world-leading UK design alliance solution to the MOD. The new arrangement draws on the combined strengths of Babcock and BMT and will deliver innovative, capable,…

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Armed Forces Minister reinforces UK support to Gibraltar

Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, arrived in Gibraltar November 8th. He will meet Gibraltar Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, Deputy Governor, Nick Pyle OBE, as well as service personnel stationed in the UK overseas territory as part of a visit to discuss Brexit and the role of the UK’s military in Gibraltar. Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, said, “Gibraltar is of great importance to the UK, our Armed Forces and our allies. It has provided vital assistance to operations and exercises over the years, perhaps best demonstrated…

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Statement from Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson

Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said, “I am both honored and excited to have been appointed Defence Secretary. I have always had the greatest admiration for the professionalism and valour of all those who serve in our country’s Armed Forces. “The United Kingdom faces rising threats in a worsening international security situation, making Defense’s work all the more important. It is imperative that we continue to take the fight to Daesh and keep Britain safe. As we leave the European Union, and forge a new Global Britain, Defence has the opportunity…

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UK hosts international nuclear disarmament verification exercise

The UK has successfully hosted an innovative international nuclear disarmament verification exercise between nuclear and non-nuclear weapons states. Experts from Norway, Sweden and the United States travelled to join UK experts from the Atomic Weapons Establishment at RAF Honington, Suffolk where the exercise, named ‘Letterpress’, took place. The first of its kind, the exercise began to address the greatest technical obstruction to nuclear disarmament – the absence of an established or agreed process of checking the dismantlement of a nuclear weapon. Letterpress is part of an ongoing arms control research…

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UK sets up joint Caribbean Coordination Cell with French and Dutch allies

The MNCCC will share, coordinate and optimize the use of ships and aircraft delivering emergency aid to affected islands. By working together as well as alongside close allies and partners, including the US and Canada, the military cell will improve the efficiency of humanitarian relief operations in the region. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: The UK has led the way in providing expert disaster relief to those suffering in the wake of Hurricane Irma and now Maria moving a significant amount of troops, aid and equipment into the region….

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HMS Ocean tracks weather as she speeds to hurricane zone

HMS Ocean is heading into the ‘Atlantic hurricane conveyor belt’ at top speed as she races to deliver crucial aid to Britons in the Caribbean. Filled with aid from the UK and Gibraltar Governments – trucks, food, temporary shelters, building materials and toys – the helicopter carrier is following in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the latest storm to smash its way through the islands of the Caribbean. Ocean is due to reach the region at the end of the week, which has meant the staff of her Hydrographic Meteorological…

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UK MOD Future of command and control (JCN 2/17)

Joint concept note (JCN) 2/17, future of command and control, aims to consider how we can deliver agile command and control (C2), to offer decisive advantage in response to operational complexity and how defense should best develop and sustain an enduring and agile C2 capability. This note should be read and understood by anyone with an interest in improving our command and control system. In particular, it must be read by those responsible for force and capability development, and by operational commanders and staffs as they consider how to better operate in…

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Ambitious future for Naval Shipbuilding in the UK

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has unveiled an ambitious new National Shipbuilding Strategy which meets the challenge set by Sir John Parker last November and sets out plans for the first batch of Type 31 frigates. Sir John Parker’s independent report into British naval shipbuilding proposed far-reaching recommendations to transform the UK maritime industry and boost the prosperity of regions, shipyards and maritime supply chains across the country. Today’s Strategy sees the Government accept Sir John’s recommendations and step up to what he called a prospective ‘renaissance’ in British shipbuilding….

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