UK and India commit to closer military ties

Both nations benefit from vibrant digital economies and will design, create and manufacture technologies that will help protect citizens and businesses against malicious cyber attacks. The agreement will enable collaboration on internet governance, promoting international cyber stability, tackling online crime and developing cyber security sectors. Minister for Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, said, “Defence and security are at the center of our friendship with India. By working together to combat terrorism, tackle cyber threats, and build regional security, we are keeping both our countries safe.” Discussions have also been held on…

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Mattis, Dunford Detail Attacks on Syrian Chemical Arsenal

By Jim Garamone U.S., British and French air and naval forces launched attacks against the Syrian government’s chemical weapon arsenal in retaliation for the use of such weapons on civilians, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Pentagon news conference tonight. “As the world knows, the Syrian people have suffered terribly under the prolonged brutality of the Assad regime,” the secretary said. “On April 7, the regime decided to again defy the norms of civilized…

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FOI responses published by MOD: week commencing 09 April 2018

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Freedom of Information (FOI) responses published during the week commencing 09 April 2018 Published 12 April 2018 Documents Information on suppliers for military clothing and equipment trialled in PECOC programme Ref: DE&S 2018/03829PDF, 57.4KB, 2 pages Breakdown of hate crimes from 2008 to 2017 Ref: MDP 2018/03937PDF, 328KB, 4 pages Number of FOIs answered by MOD Police with named exemptions from 1 January 2014 to 16 March 2018 Ref: MDP 2018/03933PDF, 262KB, 3 pages Number of behavior incidents in MOD Police since The Code of Ethics published in July 2014 Ref: MDP 2018/04117PDF, 150KB, 2 pages Costs of UK…

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Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior

On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to three people, including a police officer. In response to this outrageous violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and breach of international law, today the United States will expel 48 Russian officials serving at Russia’s bilateral mission to the United States. We will also require the Russian government to close…

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UK agrees sale of HMS Ocean to Brazil

The MOD has agreed to sell HMS Ocean to the Government of Brazil after 20 years of service. Sold to the Brazilian Navy for around £84M, the profit generated from the sale will be reinvested in defence at a time when the Royal Navy is being strengthened with two types of brand new frigates and two huge aircraft carriers. HMS Queen Elizabeth, which will eventually take on the role as the nation’s new flagship, recently set sail from the port of Gibraltar carrying two Chinooks and four Merlin helicopters as…

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FOI responses published by MOD: week commencing 12 February 2018

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Freedom of Information (FOI) responses published during the week commencing 12 February 2018 Documents Information on telephone and network contracts for United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Ref: UKHO 2017/13696PDF, 89.9KB, 4 pages Information on software used by media and communication teams in United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Ref: UKHO 2017/13750PDF, 105KB, 2 pages Information on mobile phone contracts for United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Ref: UKHO 2018/00505PDF, 84.8KB, 3 pages RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) scrambles from 2013 to 2017 Ref: RAF 2018/00105PDF, 97.1KB, 3 pages Number of sexual harassment allegations against British Army from 2012 to 2017 Ref: Army 2017/13528PDF, 214KB, 4 pages Information…

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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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