Defence in the Media: Monday 13 November 2017

Today's defence related news includes coverage of Remembrance Sunday and speculation that the MOD may cut the fleet of Warrior armoured vehicles.


There is extensive coverage of yesterday's commemorations for Remembrance Sunday, with many newspaper front pages featuring an image of Her Majesty The Queen watching the service at the Cenotaph. Personnel from all three services were involved in events around the country and overseas, including in Afghanistan which featured in the Daily Star's coverage. The Times and The Sun both report on Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach's interviews on The Andrew Marr Show and Sky News. And the The Daily Mail, Mirror and Express all report on Semesa Rokoduguni who, after scoring a try during England's win over Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday, paid tribute to fellow personnel on Remembrance Sunday. Rokoduguni is a Lance Corporal in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and served in Afghanistan.

Warrior Armoured Vehicles

A number of newspapers report on a Freedom of Information release which shows that the MOD has spent £381 million on the Warrior Capability Sustainment programme and speculate that the fleet of Warrior armoured vehicles could be scaled back. The Daily Telegraph, Mail, Mirror, Scotsman and Herald all report that the Warrior upgrade is a year behind schedule, with the programme incurring extra costs as a result of delays.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said:

This money has been used to develop state-of-the-art upgrades and demonstration vehicles for the Warrior platform as we look to enhance it for the future and boost the army's capabilities.

We are contributing to the cross-government review of national security capabilities and looking at how we best spend our rising defence budget to protect our country in the face of intensifying threats, but any discussion of the options is pure speculation.

Image of the day

Fifty Royal Marines from Clyde-based 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group joined veterans and members of the public at Achnacarry’s iconic Commando Monument on Sunday, November 12, for this year'’s Remembrance service.

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