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Defence in the Media: Tuesday 3 July 2018

Today's Defence news includes reporting on the inquest into the deaths of Corporal Matthew Hatfield and Corporal Darren Neilson.

Castlemartin inquest

Various media outlets report on the inquest into the deaths of two British Army corporals and injury to two other service personnel after an incident on Castlemartin Ranges. The inquest began on Monday (2 July) and is expected to conclude later this month. The inquest is also reported on in the Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Sun, Daily Express and the Guardian.

An Army spokesperson said:

Our hearts go out to the families and friends of Corporal Matthew Hatfield and Corporal Darren Neilson; they were two of our own. Since the incident is the subject of an HM Coroner's Inquest, it would be inappropriate to commend further.

Modernising Defence Programme

The Daily Telegraph today reports on the Modernising Defence Programme, including calls for change in the context of potential additional funding for the Armed Forces.

An MOD spokesperson said:

The Defence Secretary launched the Modernising Defence Programme to strengthen our Armed Forces in the face of intensifying threats. We have delivered over £5bn in efficiencies and continue to drive reform and modernisation at the heart of the Modernising Defence Programme.

Image of the Day

The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson meets MBDA staff at their Bolton-based factory. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today officially opened a Bolton-based factory where almost 700 staff are making multi-million-pound missiles for British soldiers, warships and fighter jets. 

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