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Defence in the Media: Monday 8 January 2018

Today’s defence related news includes coverage of the Type 31e frigate programme.

Defence groups team up to bid for Type 31e frigate contract

The Financial Times and The Times both cover the news that Babcock International is leading a consortium of defence companies bidding for the Type 31e frigate programme. The FT coverage also references Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s visit today to Babcock’s Appledore shipyard in Devon.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

The South West is crucial for our military, with a particularly special connection with our Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and it’s good to see Babcock seeking to strengthen that even further with this bid.

Rupert Jones appointed as Assistant Chief of the General Staff

The Times covers today the appointment of Major General Rupert Jones, former Deputy Commander of the military coalition to defeat Daesh, to the role as Assistant Chief of the General Staff at the MOD.

Image of the day

Parcels of seized narcotics lay on the deck of the smuggling vessel as HMAS Warramunga’s boarding team conduct an illicit cargo seizure during operations in the Middle East.  A Royal Navy Sea King Mark 7 helicopter has helped seize more than £100 million worth of drugs that were being shipped across international waters – and even found time to save a family of turtles along the way.
Parcels of seized narcotics lay on the deck of the smuggling vessel as HMAS Warramunga’s boarding team conduct an illicit cargo seizure during operations in the Middle East.
A Royal Navy Sea King Mark 7 helicopter helped seize more than £100 million worth of drugs that were being shipped across international waters – and even found time to save a family of turtles along the way.