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Defence in the Media: 5 April 2017

Today’s Defence-related news includes the announcement that a new £83m Defence Fulfilment Centre in Donnington has been formally opened.

Defence Fulfilment Centre

BBC News and the Shropshire Star report that a new £83m Defence Fulfilment Centre in Donnington has been formally opened in Shropshire. The logistics centre is reported to be the size of 10 football pitches, and will store food, clothing and medical supplies.

Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriett Baldwin said:

The Defence Fulfilment Centre in Donnington will transform the way we store and distribute essential supplies to the Armed Forces who keep us safe. Supported by our rising defence budget, this £83 million investment and partnership with leading logistics specialists is concrete evidence of our determination to give our personnel the very best support wherever they are in the world.

Gibraltar 

The Daily MailThe SunThe IndependentThe Daily Express and The Times all report on yesterday’s incident in Gibraltar, where a Spanish Navy warship was shadowed by a British Royal Navy patrol boat, HMS Scimitar, and eventually ushered out of British Gibraltar territorial waters.

A HMG Spokesperson said:

The Royal Navy challenges all unlawful maritime incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW) – and did so again on this occasion.

Syria 

There are widespread reports that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will hold an emergency session later today over yesterday morning’s suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held Idlib province in Syria.

Harriett Baldwin (Min DP) and Chief of Materiel (Land) Lieutenant General Paul Jaques open the Defence Fulfillment Center in Donnington. This 80,000 fulfilment centre will be a step change in how we deliver defence inventory to our Armed Forces Globally.

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