Defence in the media: Monday 13 February

A variety of Defence stories feature in today’s news, including a Royal Navy rescue and flexible working for the Armed Forces.


The TimesThe ScotsmanThe Daily Mail and The Herald all report that HMS Dragon rescued the crew of Clyde Challengerover the weekend, after being diverted 500 miles to pick up the stranded crew after a routine deployment.

You can read more here.


A number of papers also follow up on yesterday’s coverage about the ‘Flexible Employment Scheme’. The Times reports that while it will save money, it was not seen by the MOD as a cost saving exercise, but as a possible way to allow military personnel to spend more time with their families. It also reports that it would not affect operation effectiveness.

An MOD Spokesperson said:

Every member of Britain’s Armed Forces taking part in this pilot could be required to deploy on operations, at any time, should the need arise. This pilot is part of a modern offer to help Britain’s world class armed forces keep the broadest range of people and give them and their families the broadest service opportunities.


There continues to be coverage on IHAT, its imminent closure and Phil Shiner.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: 

It was the MOD that supplied the main evidence that got Phil Shiner struck off for making false allegations against our Armed Forces. Exposing his dishonesty means many more claims he made can now be thrown out and the beginning of the end for IHAT. This will be a relief for our soldiers who have had allegations hanging over them for too long. Now we are taking action to stop such abuse of our legal system from happening again.

Chief of the General Staff General Sir Nicholas Carter, said:

The Army's Leadership Code requires the highest values and standards. It is right therefore that on the occasions that there are credible allegations of unacceptable behaviour they should be investigated. However, a significant number of claims made against our soldiers have not been credible. The recent exposure of unscrupulous law firms and vexatious claims has clearly shown this to be the case.

Mutual trust is at the heart of the Army Leadership Code as is the care of soldiers and their families. We therefore welcome the Government's commitment to ensuring we have the Nations confidence and the tools to do our jobs effectively on operations, free from the burden of unjust litigation.


Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon rescues 14 stricken sailors from damaged British racing yacht. 11/02/17
The crew of Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon have rescued 14
sailors in treacherous weather conditions today after a racing
yacht suffered damage in the Atlantic ocean.
HMS Dragon was diverted 500 miles away from a routine tasking to
provide life-saving assistance to the crew of the 60ft Clyde Challenger
racing yacht.
The yacht had left the Azores on 5 February 2017 and was bound for
the UK when it suffered significant damage following days of strong
winds and heavy seas.
Working with UK and US aircraft as well as merchant shipping
vessels, the Portsmouth-based HMS Dragon was tasked to locate
and rescue those on the stricken yacht.
Sprinting at 30 knots through the turbulent seas, the Type 45
destroyer eventually reached the yacht at 1430 this afternoon to
render assistance.

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