Defence in the Media: Friday 6 July

Today's defence related news includes further coverage on the incident in Amesbury and on the inquest into the death of Royal Engineer Nathan Hunt.

Amesbury incident

The Times, Guardian, Independent, Financial Times and the Metro all continue to report on the ongoing investigation into the Novichok incident in Amesbury. Coverage also continues on broadcast with BBC Breakfast, BBC R4 Today, Sky and Good Morning Britain. Reporting focuses along the lines that it still remains unclear whether the nerve agent is from the same batch which hospitalised Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.


Inquest into the death of Royal Engineer Nathan Hunt

The Daily Mail and The Sun report on the HM Coroner's Inquest into the death of Royal Engineer Nathan Hunt.

An MOD spokesperson said:

The thoughts and sympathies of the MOD and the Army remain with the family and friends of WO2 Hunt at this sad time. The MOD strongly refutes the claim that Nathan Hunt was involved in clearing IEDs in Afghanistan, he was fully qualified to search for IEDs in order that a specialist team could clear the IEDs. He was not qualified to clear IEDs.


Image of the day


Aircraft from RAF Benson, RAF Odiham and RAF Shawbury, conducted a practise formation flight over RAF Cranwell ahead of the RAF Centenary Parade on The Mall, London on 10 July.