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Defence in the media: Wednesday 25 September 2019

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Today’s defence related media includes coverage of the Armed Forces Covenant and the UK space conference.

House of Commons Defence Committee Armed Forces Covenant report

Media report this morning on the HCDC’s report on the Armed Forces Covenant.

A Government spokesperson said:

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The new Office for Veteran’s Affairs will ensure the whole of government pulls together to deliver the life-long support our veterans deserve.

Min(DP) at UK Space Conference

There is coverage of the Minister for Defence Procurement’s attendance at the UK Space Conference in The Telegraph, Daily Mail, and online by the Daily Express and Air

Print coverage includes comments from Min(DP) and incoming President of UK Space Will Whitehorn. Coverage reflects Min(DP)’s words that there are five potential theatres of operations for the UK military – air, sea, land, cyber and space, also including her warning that the disruption of space technology by rogue states would cause “enormous social and economic damage.”

Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:

It’s vital we harness the ideas of the brightest and best innovators to improve the UK’s resilience and awareness in space.

Faced with growing threats to UK interests, programmes like those selected today will boost our intelligence capability and help us stay ahead of our adversaries.

RMP arrest in Katrice Lee case

There’s widespread coverage, including in The Telegraph, The Times, The Sun, Daily Mail, The Mirror, BBC News, ITV News and Swindon Advertiser on the Royal Military Police’s investigation into the disappearance of Katrice Lee.

An Army spokesperson said:

A former serviceman was arrested by the Royal Military Police on Monday 23 September in connection with the disappearance of Katrice Lee.

He has now been released without charge. The search of an address in Swindon continues and the Royal Military Police are keeping the Lee family informed of developments.

Image of the day

The HMS Prince of Wales sailing near the Forth Bridge
Britains newest aircraft carrier, Prince of Wales, has sailed from Rosyth Dockyard for the very first time last Sunday.

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