Defence in the media

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Defence in the Media: 8 August 2016

This morning’s Defence news includes reporting on Syria and the Successor programme.

SYRIA

The Times claims Russian and Syrian aircraft were pounding opposition areas of Aleppo last night in brutal revenge after a rebel alliance broke a month-long siege. The country's second city has become a symbol of resistance to President Assad and remains the biggest prize in the five-year conflict. Civilians in eastern Aleppo took to the streets to celebrate the advance by a disparate alliance of rebel groups. They liberated an area that is home to more than a quarter of a million people.

SUCCESSOR PROGRAMME DIFFICULTIES

The Daily Record picks up on yesterday’s story in the Herald that the programme to replace Britain’s Trident submarines may suffer difficulties. Our full statement can be read here:

An MOD Spokesperson said:

This rating recognises the complexity and scale of delivering the most advanced submarines ever commissioned by the Royal Navy, the ultimate guarantee of our national security.

We are determined to get the Successor programme right, that’s why we have established a new Director General Nuclear sponsor organisation and will set up a new submarine delivery body, as set out in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

SIMULATED BATTLESPACE

The Telegraph carries feature by Alan Tovey inside the Air Battlespace Training Centre (ABTC) describes how the wars of the future are being fought in training simulators thanks to the defence company QinetiQ.

IMAGE OF THE DAY

Pictured: Commander Hutchings, CO of HMS St.Albans, welcomed home by his family.
THE SAINT COMES MARCHING IN
Pictured: Commander Hutchings, CO of HMS St.Albans, welcomed home by his family.
HMS St Albans returned to a rapturous welcome in Portsmouth today (August 5) following a nine-month deployment to the Middle East.
Hundreds of friends and families lined the Naval Base as the Type 23 frigate returned from the Gulf where she joined the US and French navies in the fight against Daesh.
‘The Saint’ sailed more than 38,000 miles on Operation Kipion working with carrier task groups, hosting key defence and diplomatic engagements and conducting operations to counter narcotics and weapon smuggling.
Days into her deployment she achieved her first success by seizing 320kg of cannabis with an estimated value of £1m which was destined for European markets.
In the Gulf St Albans and her 220 crew integrated into two separate French and United States aircraft carrier strike groups. She worked alongside the carrier FS Charles de Gaulle following the terrorist attacks in Paris and later the giant USS Harry S Truman. Both carriers were conducting air strikes into Syria and Iraq.
Image: LPhot Paul Hall

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