Defence in the Media: Friday 23 February 2018

Today’s defence-related news is led by coverage of an Iraq Fatality Investigation and the Royal Navy monitoring Russian ships in the English Channel.

Iraq Fatality Investigation  

The Daily Telegraph features a front page article on the Iraq Fatality Investigation (IFI) into a soldier.

An MOD spokesperson said: 

The welfare of our personnel is of the utmost importance and we have a legal obligation to ensure the full facts of the alleged incidents are known. The Iraq Fatality Investigations do not conduct criminal investigations of soldiers, cases only take place once the prospect of criminal prosecution is eliminated, and individuals are granted anonymity

Royal Navy monitors Russian ships in English Channel

The Sun, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Star and the Evening Standard report on patrol ship HMS Mersey and a Wildcat helicopter from RNAS Yeovilton being dispatched to follow the progress of three Russian warships/vessels as they made their way through the English Channel.

Lieutenant Alexandra Karavla, the patrol ship's Executive Officer said:

Ships like HMS Mersey are the eyes and ears of the Royal Navy around the UK - we are at sea for 320 days a year, so Mersey provides the Navy with a ship ready to respond at short notice like this.

In this we have been well supported by a Royal Navy Wildcat from 815 Naval Air Squadron and by NATO colleagues. Operations like this would not be possible without such support and co-operation.  The flexibility and options these offshore patrol vessels provide to the Government is evident in the variety of tasking undertaken.

Image of the day

Pictured are (background) the Vishnya class (520) FEODOR GOLOVIN and (foreground) HMS Mersey.