This morning the BBC's Today Programme features a report on allegations about sexual harassment in Armed Forces. Here's our position on the key issues.
It was a great honour to be asked by the Prime Minister to accept again the role of Defence Secretary. Continuity is important, but make no mistake: this is a new Government, elected with a clear mandate to implement the Conservative manifesto.
Among widespread reporting on Defence matters this weekend there was particular focus on EU Migration, the UK Government’s response to the Nepal earthquake and newspaper reports about nuclear safety and security in the Royal Navy.
Of note for Defence this morning is the news that, according to Nepal’s defence secretary, a rescue team has found three bodies near the crashed US Marine helicopter, which went missing on Tuesday in the country while delivering aid.
Today's newspapers are dominated by the publication of Prince Charles's letters to government ministers in the mid-2000s, after what the media describes as a long secrecy battle.
Today HMS Bulwark rescued over 400 migrants in the Mediterranean. The Royal Navy flagship was alerted to four craft in potential distress approximately 40 miles off the coast of Libya.
HMS Bulwark is this morning conducting its largest tasking to date as part of the coordinated response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.
Today’s broadcast news continues to focus on newly appointed Cabinet ministers. Elsewhere news has broken that Nepal has been hit by another earthquake of 7.4 magnitude broke this morning.
Today’s broadcast news continues to be dominated by the analysis of the General Election result. In an interview with Sky News Prince Harry discusses his future after deciding to leave the Army
Last week I announced the sale of 2,000 km of pipelines with associated storage depots and pumping stations to the Spanish pipeline operator Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos.