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Defence in the media: 21 November 2016

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Today’s defence-related news includes the House of Commons Defence Committee (HCDC) report on the Royal Navy fleet and the interception of a Spanish research vessel in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.


The House of Commons Defence Committee’s Restoring the Fleet report is covered widely by SkyBBC Radio 4 TodayBBC BreakfastThe TelegraphThe SunThe TimesThe Express, The Mirror, and The Daily Mail.

An MOD Spokesperson said:

We are investing in a growing Royal Navy by building two aircraft carriers, the new Type 26 Global Combat Ship, Dreadnought and Astute class submarines, and offshore patrol vessels. We are also developing new class of Lighter General Purpose Frigate so that by the 2030s we can grow the size of the fleet. This major programme of investment will ensure that the Royal Navy remains one of the world’s most modern and powerful navies with a genuine global reach.


 There is widespread online reporting in The Daily MailThe GuardianThe TelegraphThe MirrorThe Sun and PA that the Royal Navy was forced to fire flares at a Spanish research vessel when it entered into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

A Government Spokesperson said:

The Royal Navy challenges all unlawful maritime incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. We back this up by making formal diplomatic protests to the Spanish government.


Soldiers entering week six of the Section Commanders Battle Course
Soldiers entering week six of the Section Commanders Battle Course (SCBC) at Sennybridge Training Area (SENTA), have been learning from their Instructors the procedures and tactics for fighting in woods, forests and trenches.
Photographer: Mr Ian Griffiths, Army Photographer, Infantry Battle School
© Crown copyright.

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