Defence in the media: Wednesday 9 May 2018

Today’s defence related news includes coverage of the British Army's new Chief of General Staff.

New Chief of the General Staff announced

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today confirmed that Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of the new Chief of the General Staff.

Ahead of this morning's announcement, The Times and The Sun speculated that Lieutenant-General Mark Carleton-Smith would be appointed the new head of the Army. The Times' story quoted an unnamed military source who said that Carleton-Smith is “incredibly intelligent, urbane and polished. He’s also a career-long special forces officer and war fighter”. The article also outlines some challenges the new Chief of the General Staff will face.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

I’m delighted to offer my congratulations to Lieutenant General Carleton-Smith on his appointment of Chief of the General Staff.

Lt Gen Carleton-Smith has played a leading role in many of our recent operations at home and abroad, including our campaign to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria, our support to British Overseas Territories affected by Hurricane Irma and the military’s support to areas badly affected by the snow earlier this year.

I have no doubt that Lt Gen Carleton-Smith will be an outstanding leader of the Army at this crucial period, as we look to strengthen and further modernise the Army to deal with intensifying threats.

Read our full announcement here.

Image of the day

The location of where the Wellington Bomber crashed on the 6-7May 1944. It is marked with Romanian and UK flags. Members of the UK Armed Forces, UK Ambassador and the people of Comana where invited onto boats to see the crash site out in the marshes.