Defence in the media: Tuesday 31 July 2018

Today’s defence related news includes coverage of the Royal Navy’s rescue of British nationals in Libya and the armed forces recruitment policy.

Royal Navy rescuing British nationals in Libya

 The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Daily Telegraph, Independent, The Times, The Express and The Mirror report on HMS Enterprise rescuing of British nationals in 2014 from Libya, during heavy fighting in the country. Good Morning Britain also held a discussion on the story.

A Government spokesperson said:

 During the deteriorating security situation in Libya in 2014, Border Force officials were deployed to assist with the evacuation of British Nationals and their dependents.

Report into Army recruitment policy

Following a report on Army recruitment policy in the Guardian on Monday, Good Morning Britain carries a segment on the recruitment under 18s. Minister for Defence People Tobias Ellwood appeared on the programme to discuss the issue with GMB hosts.

An MOD Spokesperson said:

Joining the Armed Forces gives young people the opportunity for a great career and we are proud of the opportunities we can offer to recruits. We take our duty of care for all personnel extremely seriously and ensure under-18s are not deployed on operations that would expose them to hostilities.

Image of the day

Pictured. A Typhoon pilot greeting his Hungarian counterpart after arriving at Kecskemet Airbase in Hungary to begin billateral training with the Hungarian Air Force Grippen Jets.