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Defence in the media: 12 April 2017

Today’s defence related news includes coverage of the Army training schedule and further reporting on the Royal Marines.

Army exercises

The Times speculates today on the British Army exercise programme.

An MOD spokesperson said:

Britain has the largest defence budget in Europe and it is growing as we invest billions of pounds in new Ajax armoured vehicles, cutting-edge communications equipment, ships, submarines and aircraft.  Spending is monitored continually to ensure the £36 billion Defence budget focuses on front line priorities and delivers value for money by maximising efficiencies.

Royal Marines

There’s further reporting this morning, including in the Financial Times of the restructuring of the Royal Marines.

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.

Picture of the day

Defence Minister Earl Howe young people from youth groups and schools in Keighley, Bradford and Dewsbury are part of a week of one and two-day camps being piloted by 4th Infantry Brigade, the regional brigade for Yorkshire and the North East
Defence Minister Earl Howe met yesterday with young people from youth groups and schools in Keighley, Bradford and Dewsbury, as part of a week of one and two-day camps being piloted by 4th Infantry Brigade, the regional brigade for Yorkshire and the North East.