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Defence in the media: Friday 13 July 2018

Today’s Defence-related news includes coverage of the NATO Summit and President Trump’s military welcome.

NATO Summit

Coverage of the NATO Summit focused on defence spending across the member states.

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.

President Trump’s visit to the UK 

BBC News, Sky News, and Channel 4 News covered the arrival of President Trump, including the military band display outside Blenheim Palace for the President, PM, and invited guests.

Image of the day

On Wednesday 10th July 2018 celebrating the centenary of the founding of the Royal Air Force, 100 days after its official birthday, the RAF conducted a parade and aircraft fly past of London.The historic flypast took place over The Mall and Buckingham Palace, planned to feature up to 100 aircraft, representing the RAF’s history, flew over Buckingham Palace.