Defence in the media: Tuesday 2 October 2018

Today’s defence related media includes further reporting on the first F-35 Lightning fighter jets landing on Britain’s new aircraft carrier.


There’s further reporting from regional media this morning on last week’s announcement of the first landings of F-35 fighter jets on the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

The largest warship in British history is joining forces with the most advanced fighter jets on the planet. This marks a rebirth of our power to strike decisively from the seas anywhere in the world.

The historic first landing on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth is a monumental moment in our country’s proud military history. It is also a statement of Britain’s determination to promote peace and prevent war.

You can read more about the story here.

Image of the day

Pictured: Royal Navy Commander, Nathan Gray lands his F-35B onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time.
Two F-35B Lightning II fighter jets have successfully landed onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time, laying the foundations for the next 50 years of fixed wing aviation in support of the UK’s Carrier Strike Capability.