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Defence in the Media: Tuesday 13 February 2018

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Today's defence news is led by coverage of an unexploded WW2 bomb discovered at London City Airport.

The Times, The Sun and The Daily Mail and BBC Online continue to report on the Royal Navy and Army bomb disposal team operation to remove a 500kg WW2 bomb that was moved late last night.

Lieutenant Commander Jonny Campbell, officer in charge of the Southern Diving Unit 2 said:

Our priority is safety to life which is why the airport has been closed as a precautionary measure. We are taking the necessary steps to ensure the device is as safe as possible before we remove it from the sea bed and tow it away to a safe disposal site. We will then attach high-grade military explosives before carrying out a controlled explosion. The aim is to cause as little disruption to the city of London as possible.

Army Foundation College

The Sun, The Daily Mirror, BBC Online and the Daily Mail report on the Army instructors from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate who are on trial at Bulford Military Court for abuse.

An MOD spokesperson said:

Joining the Armed Forces gives young people the opportunity for a great career and we are proud of the opportunities we can offer to recruits. We take our duty of care for all personnel extremely seriously and ensure under-18s are not deployed on operations that would expose them to hostilities.

Picture of the day

Image shows the divers lifting the bomb from the sea bed with a lifting bag visible.
The device is lying in a bed of dense silt and the first stage of the removal operation is to free the shell from the silt so it can be floated for removal.

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