Today’s defence related news includes coverage of the NATO Summit and the ongoing fire on Salisbury Plain.
There is widespread coverage in The Sun, The Guardian , Telegraph, The Press & Journal, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Glasgow Herald, The Scotsman of the NATO Summit, including coverage of the 440 additional troops committed by the UK to the NATO operation in Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister said:
“NATO is as vital today as it ever has been and our commitment to it remains steadfast. The Alliance can rely on the UK to lead by example, not just in meeting the 2 per cent pledge but by contributing our cutting edge capabilities.
“In committing additional troops to the operation in Afghanistan we have underlined once again that when NATO calls the UK is among the first to answer.
“These brave men and women will carry out their roles in Kabul with all the pride and professionalism we have come to expect, helping to bring the stability and security that the Afghan people deserve.”
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson added:
“Lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan will help keep the streets of Britain safe and this uplift signals our unwavering commitment to realising that future.
“We play a leading role in NATO and, whenever the call comes, the UK is always one of the first to step up and support our friends and allies across the globe.”
Fire on Salisbury Plain
There is currently an ongoing fire on Salisbury Plain that resulted in the temporary closure of the A360 between Shrewton and Market Lavington, the road has since re-opened. The fire is contained in the impact area and is being closely monitored by 290 Cdo and being left to burn out.
An MOD spokesperson said:
“We can confirm that there is a fire in the impact area on Salisbury Plain.
“DIO takes the safety of our military personnel and the public seriously and we would like to reassure local residents and others that we are doing everything possible to reduce the risks. We will continue to monitor the situation and share updates.”