Today’s defence related news includes coverage of the UK sending military aid to Indonesia following the earthquake and the first British soldiers deploying with Japanese troops.
Military aid to Indonesia
Lat night, the Defence Secretary announced that the UK will be providing an A400M ‘Atlas’ aircraft to help deliver disaster relief to Indonesia following the earthquake and tsunami. A team of military personnel will also be deployed to the region to help facilitate the UK relief effort. This ran widely on broadcast including on the BBC, Sky and ITV and featured on MailOnline, BBC News (online), Sky News (online).
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
Britain stands united with Indonesia as they recover from this devastating tragedy. An RAF transport aircraft and her crew will provide vital supplies to those who are in desperate need.
This shows that once again Britain and her allies across the global can depend on us to provide support and assistance no matter the time, no matter the place, and no matter the problem.
First British soldiers deployed with Japanese troops
The Daily Telegraph features a story written by Levison Wood, former Army Officer and now reservist, who has been part of the MoD’s team in a joint military exercise with Japan (EX VIGILANT ISLES). The coverage notes the historical significance of the exercise, the first between the two nations on Japanese soil.