Defence Secretary cuts ribbon on Bolton-based missile factory

July 2, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today officially opened a Bolton-based factory where almost 700 staff are making multi-million-pound missiles for British soldiers, warships and fighter jets. An opening ceremony saw the Defence Secretary unveil a plaque to mark the completion of five years of work and £50 million worth of investment into the high-tech site, which has been labelled ‘the jewel in the crown’ of weapons firm MBDA. It marks a major milestone for the new site, where design, engineering and manufacturing experts are producing state-of-the-art…

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US UK Navy Chiefs Strengthen Partnership

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visited London to highlight the importance of the U.S. and Royal Navy partnership June 27-28. During the visit, Richardson met with U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson, Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Sir Nick Carter, and First Sea Lord Adm. Sir Philip Jones. Richardson and Jones also participated in a roundtable discussion at the International Institute for Security Studies, where they discussed strengthening the partnership between their two navies during a time of increasing global maritime competition. “The US has…

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RUSI Sea Power conference speech

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson opened the RUSI Sea Power conference in London May 24th. INTRO: PAST It’s an honour to give the inaugural Sir Henry Leach lecture. When we think of this man, a man whose name should be remembered with all the great admirals, who played such a pivotal and important role in defining the modern Britain that we see today, there was no greater post-war advocate for the value of sea power. No-one who better understood the role the Royal Navy has played, and will play in the…

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Britain Pledges 100 Bureaucrats to NATO

Speaking at a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson set out his ambition for a modern NATO that delivers on its commitments. Mr Williamson signaled that the UK will meet its commitments, including an uplift of around one hundred personnel in our contribution to NATO’s modernized Command Structure – the precise numbers will be determined through further work between now and the Summit. This will help to ensure that NATO can meet the security challenges of today and tomorrow. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “NATO…

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New stealth fighter jet ‘takes off’

The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson experienced the world-class technology of the new F-35 today in a Lockheed Martin F-35 simulator in London. At an event held at the Institute for Engineering and Technology, the Defence Secretary was joined by MPs and journalists to see what it is like to fly and land the pioneering fighter jet which will protect British lives around the world. The global F-35 programme will support 20,000 UK jobs over the 30 year production period and already the programme has generated over £9 billon for UK…

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Defence Secretary visits Appledore yard as warship competition ramps up

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson paid a visit to Babcock’s Appledore shipyard this January 8th, as the company announced further details of its bid to help build a new class of warship. The Ministry of Defence announced plans to procure a new class of frigates, the Type 31e, as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy which was launched last year. The warships will be built in the UK, with a set price cap no more than £250M per frigate for the first batch of five, with an investment decision to be…

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Royal Navy ship set for Australia

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed that HMS Sutherland will visit Australia in the New Year as part of her Asia Pacific deployment. The Defence Secretary had announced that the ship would sail to the Asia Pacific whilst addressing the crew on-board in Devonport on Friday, and has now provided further information of the deployment. During recent conversations with Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne the Defence Secretary reaffirmed his commitment to strengthening the Australia-UK defence relationship and exploring opportunities for our Armed Forces…

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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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