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Defence in the Media: 1 October 2016

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There is an interview with the Defence Secretary in today’s Daily Express, where he reveals that construction work will start on the UK's new nuclear submarines.

Sir Michael Fallon interview

In an interview with The Daily Express, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon covered topics including defence spending, Nato commitments, EU army and the successor programme. Sir Michael also revealed that construction work on the Navy’s first new nuclear submarines for more than 25 years is soon to begin following Parliament’s recent backing. “I shall be announcing the cutting of steel for the first submarine next week and putting £1billion into the first build phase,” he said.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

Britain’s ballistic missile submarines are the ultimate guarantee of our nation’s safety – we use them every day to deter the most extreme threats.

We cannot know what new dangers we might face in the 2030s, 2040s and 2050s so we are acting now to replace them.

Along with increasing the defence budget to buy new ships, planes and armoured vehicles, this shows that this Government will never gamble with our national security.

Full details can be found here.

Uraniam flights

The Times reports that the Prime Minister May has been called on to halt US Air Force shipments of highly enriched uranium from a Scottish airport because of safety concerns. There are references to RAF Lossiemouth in Moray which is being used by the planes to be drained of fuel before heading to Wick, and then to refuel on the return leg.

Army compensation claim

The Sun  and Daily Mail report that a soldier born in Ghana is suing the Ministry of Defence for £200,000 claiming he got too cold on a military exercise in Wales. 

An MOD spokesperson said:

We cannot comment on individual cases, but when compensation claims are submitted, we will carefully consider whether there is a legal liability to pay compensation. Where there is, we will.

Image of the day

Impression of how the UK’s new nuclear submarines may look. Crown copyright.
Impression of how the UK’s new nuclear submarines may look. Crown copyright.

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