Defence in the media: Monday 11 June 2018

Changes to Afghan interpreters relocation policy

The Daily Mail’s front page reports a proposed extension to the Afghan interpreters relocation policy criteria. The paper quotes from a Defence Secretary Op Ed, where he recognises their “extraordinary service” and says that all interpreters who were made redundant having served for at least a year on the front line from May 2006 would be eligible to come to the UK with their families.

Protection for brand new RAF F-35 Lightening jets

The Sun reports on fencing at RAF Marham, the new home of the latest fighter jets purchased by the RAF.

An RAF spokesman said:

“As a matter of policy neither the RAF nor the MOD discuss security measures at our units, however, we can confirm that security measures in place are robust and multi-layered and are not solely dependent on perimeter fencing.”

Armed Forces school visits

The Daily Record reports on a Forces Watch report looking at recruitment campaigns via school visits.

An MOD spokesperson said:

“Our Armed Forces are the pride of the United Kingdom and keep us safe every hour of every day - it is absolutely right they engage with young people to share their experiences and to talk about the military’s contribution to our society. As the recent report by the Scottish Parliament’s Petitions Committee notes, these visits are not done for recruitment purposes and the Armed Forces attend at the invitation of schools.”


The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, fly down the Mall as of part Her Majesty The Queen's official birthday celebrations.