Defence in the media

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Defence in the media: Monday 17 June 2019

Today’s defence related media coverage includes further reporting on Iran, and the RAF’s support to those affected by flooding in the UK.

Iran 

A number of papers, including Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Independent and The Times continue to report on the situation in the Gulf. Several articles reference incorrect reporting from theSunday Times which claimed that 100 Royal Marines were being sent to the Gulf to protect Royal Navy and merchant shipping in the area.

An MOD spokesperson said:

“This is a pre-planned training deployment and is in no way related to the ongoing situation in the Gulf of Oman.”

Military support to flood relief

The Daily Mail, Guardian, The Times, The Sun and the Telegraph reference support to flood victims from three RAF Chinook helicopters, which dropped 270 one-ton bags of aggregate to repair the banks at Thorpe St Peter on Friday.

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:

“The skilled RAF helicopter pilots and crew, have provided vital support to tackle the flooding in Lincolnshire. This will help the emergency services on the ground who are doing all they can to aid local residents.”

Image of the day

An RAF Chinook, which was deployed last week to help stem the flow of water in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire.

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