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Defence in the media: 11 April 2017

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Today’s defence news includes the Defence Secretary’s visit to India and Royal Marines restructuring.

Defence Secretary in India

The Hindustan Times reports that the Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon is in India this week to further strengthen the UK’s defence and business relationship.

Royal Marines

The Daily Telegraph, The Times, and The Daily Mail report that the Royal Marines are to be restructured.

With billions being invested into a growing Royal Navy, the Royal Marines have decided to restructure to better balance skills across the force.

The move comes as part of the Navy’s regular review of its structure to ensure that it suits the operational demands of the 21st century, and is appropriately balanced for the future with 400 more personnel, more ships, new aircraft carriers and submarines entering front line service.

No Royal Marines will be made redundant as a result of today’s news – when those in the roles which have been identified for repurposing leave, their position will simply transfer to a different area of the Navy.

The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones, said:

As someone who has worked with Royal Marines at every stage of my career, most notably when commanding the Amphibious Task Group from RM Stonehouse, I know how vital their role is as the UK’s premier high readiness contingency force. However, as First Sea Lord, I also know we must adapt to meet the challenges of a dangerous and uncertain world.

The Government is investing in a new generation of ships, submarines and aircraft. As we introduce these capabilities into Service, we must ensure we have the right mix of skills across each of the Navy’s Fighting Arms to optimise how we use them, and the Commandant General and I have sought to find the right balance between sailors and marines in responding to this challenge.

The Royal Marines remain bound in to every part of the Royal Navy’s future, from conducting sophisticated operations from the sea, at a variety of scales and against a range of threats, using our new aircraft carriers as a base, to leading the Service’s development of information warfare. They will continue to be as vital to the Defence of the Realm in the years ahead as they have been for the past 350.

Commandant General Royal Marines, Major Robert Magowan, said:

As Royal Marines, we pride ourselves in being the first to understand, the first to adapt and the first to overcome. So as we confront a changing and unstable security environment, we are defining an exciting future for our Corps, which will ensure that we remain as relevant tomorrow as we do today.  

More information is available here.

Over 100 British troops are parading with Canadian colleagues in Calgary to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The battle, which took place on April 9, 1917 saw four Canadian divisions fight together as a unified fighting force for the first time. 
This is the first time British troops have marched through Calgary and comes in Canada’s landmark 150th anniversary.


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