Defence in the Media: Friday 29 June 2018

Today’s defence news focuses on the Australian government’s decision to order nine Type 26 frigates from BAE systems and the ongoing work of the Army in support of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Australian government award £20 billion contract to UK

This story appears on the front pages of the Financial Times, City AM and the Telegraph. The Times, Independent, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Record and Daily Mirror cover the story positively, with broadcast pieces from Sky and BBC News. Coverage focused on the economic benefits to the UK, continuing after the UK leaves the European Union, due to the likely inclusion of UK designers and engineers.

Saddleworth Fire

There is ongoing coverage on the military support to the fire service in Manchester, with Sky, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV and local broadcast media interviewing Officer Commanding Major Phil Morgan. His comments were carried in several articles:

Major Phil Morgan said:

"We meet every challenge and commit 100% in what we do.

"Currently we have broken our boys down into various locations and we are beating the fire with paddles and we are supporting them by moving equipment, we are putting water on the fires and we are doing everything we can to stop this fire at the moment.

"We are truly really happy and excited to be here and the boys are cherishing every moment of it."

Image of the day

The 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland assist firefighters in tackling the Saddleworth Moor fires.

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