Defence in the media: Friday 7 September

Today’s defence related coverage focuses on HMS Albion exercising her rights for freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

HMS Albion

 The Telegraph, The Times, Business Insider, The Guardian, Reuters, The Press and Journal and The Sun all report on HMS Albion’s interaction with Chinese vessels whilst on transit through the South China Sea.

A Royal Navy spokesperson said:

HMS Albion exercised her rights for freedom of navigation in full compliance with international law and norms.

 National Audit Office report on security vetting

 The National Audit Office has produced a report on the creation of the UK Security Vetting organisation. The Telegraph, The Mirror, The Guardian and the New Statesman all cover the story.

A Government Spokesperson said:

National security is our highest priority and at no point has this been compromised by the new vetting service.

We have already taken steps to address short-term challenges in its introduction, and the NAO has acknowledged timescales are improving and targets are being met.

We will continue efforts to ensure the successful delivery of the reformed service, prioritising the vetting of critical roles as necessary.


Image of the day

Image of the Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson in the Chapel at the Royal Hospital Chelsea today (07/09/2018).

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