New frigates opportunity for Ferguson as Defence Secretary visits

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has paid a visit to Glasgow’s Ferguson shipyard as industry develops plans for a brand new class of frigates for the Royal Navy. The Defence Secretary launched an ambitious National Shipbuilding Strategy last month, in which he laid out plans for a first batch of five of another new class of frigates – the Type…

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HMS Medway Christened

Meet the latest addition to the Naval family: HMS Medway, the second of five new patrol vessels for the fleet. This morning a bottle of Chatham-made Dockyard Gin smashed against the bow of the 2,000-tonne warship, formally named at BAE’s Scotstoun yard on the Clyde by Lady Fallon, wife of Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and sponsor of Medway throughout…

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Cammell Laird shipyard welcomes Defence Secretary saying “we can build Type 31s on Mersey”

Cammell Laird has welcomed Sir Michael Fallon Secretary of State for Defence on a visit to the yard. The company said during the visit it intends to design and build a world leading Type 31 Frigate that will meet the Royal Navy’s specification and budget and will market the platform globally and capitalise on major export opportunities to Britain’s international…

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Defence Secretary agrees closer cooperation with India

April 13, 2017 – Sir Michael attended today the first meeting as part of the 2015 Defence and International Security Partnership (DISP), with his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley. The pair discussed UK-Indian defence industries, upcoming exercises and global security among other topics. The Defence counterparts jointly set out their ambitions to design, make, exercise, transform, train and co-operate together. They…

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F-35’s UK Arrival Moves Closer with £80m Contract Award

March 31, 2017 – Lockheed Martin has sub-contracted work worth £40m to BAE Systems and together the two companies will form a team of more than 100 skilled technicians at RAF Marham, who will provide engineering and technical expertise, deliver air-crew and ground-crew training, facilitate routine maintenance and help to manage the jets’ global supply chain. BAE Systems will take…

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Defence Secretary welcomes US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to the UK

March 31, 2017 – Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon welcomed Secretary Jim Mattis to London today for his first visit to the UK as US Defense Secretary. They reviewed a number of defence and security issues, including the need for NATO modernization and increased defence spending by all members, progress in the fight against extremism, including Daesh in Iraq and…

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UK’s global role reinforced in new International Defence Engagement Strategy

February 17, 2017 – Launching an ambitious framework for the UK’s defence engagement overseas, Sir Michael Fallon and Boris Johnson committed to increasing cooperation with partners across the globe to keep Britain safe. For the first time, defence engagement was made a core defence task in the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015. As a result, Britain is now stepping up…

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Defence Secretary to attend NATO meeting of Defence Ministers

February 15, 2017 – This week’s NATO Defence Ministerial is the first of the year and the first chance for Allies, including our Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, to meet collectively with the new US Defence Secretary Mattis. Secretary Mattis knows NATO well from his time as Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, a post he took up 10 years ago. But…

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Defence Secretary Britain committed to leading European security

February 18, 2017 – Sir Michael told the annual Munich Security Conference that while Britain is leaving the European Union, the UK would not be stepping back from its role in European security. Britain’s leadership this year is demonstrated by two new major commitments to the NATO Alliance: Leading NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, otherwise known as the ‘spearhead…

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News story Defence Secretary hails global outlook of Midlothian naval engineers

February 2, 2017 – Sir Michael Fallon visited MacTaggart Scott, who design, build, install and maintain engineering systems for the Royal Navy – the company’s “shop window” – and 40 of the world’s navies, including the US, French, Canadian, Australian and South Korean. The visit is part of the Defence Secretary’s on-going engagement with Scotland’s industrial base, 10% of which is…

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