Defence in the Media: 6 October 2017

Defence news today includes reporting that off-duty British soldiers provided support to those affected by the Las Vegas attack.

Las Vegas

There is reporting in print and broadcast media today that six off-duty members of the 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards rushed to the aid of victims of the Las Vegas attack. The personnel have been working alongside US colleagues for a training exercise. Coverage was carried on BBC News, ITV Good Morning BritainSky News, and in print in The TelegraphDaily MirrorThe Sun and Daily MailReporting carried interviews with the British soldiers, who explained that their training allowed them to provide support to those affected by the attack.

Royal Navy

There is follow up in the media today to reporting last night speculating on the future of the Royal Navy. The MOD's position can be seen below.

An MOD spokesperson said:

In the face of ever-changing threats, we are contributing to the cross-government review of national security capabilities and looking at how we best spend our rising defence budget to support that. No decisions have yet been made and at this stage, any discussion of the options is pure speculation.

Hurricane Irma

There is reporting today by Press Association on the UK response to Hurricane Irma one month on. Articles by the media outlet look at the drawdown of the relief effort in the Caribbean, stating that at the peak of relief efforts there were more than 2,000 UK military personnel in the region - making it the largest deployment of British troops anywhere in the world. Reporting also describes the details of the aid delivered by the UK.

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