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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2950 on: January 06, 2019, 18:45:10 »
I f@@cking hate spiders!!!

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I'm sure they would return the compliments :)

I know an ex-FFL guy who spent a loooooooong time in the jungle and desert. He's now a professional 'creepy crawly' photographer.
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« Reply #2951 on: January 06, 2019, 18:52:54 »
With me it's spiders (for which, like most people, I blame my mother), with my wife snakes. This means we can come to each others assistance when necessary.

We do avoid try places where both are prevalent.  ;D

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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2952 on: January 06, 2019, 19:06:50 »
I f@@cking hate spiders!!!

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Remember, it's the little ones that will actually kill you  :nod:
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« Reply #2953 on: January 06, 2019, 22:23:11 »
Remember, it's the little ones that hang out inside your combat boots overnight that will actually kill you  :nod:

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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2954 on: January 07, 2019, 16:49:53 »
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« Reply #2955 on: January 07, 2019, 18:58:39 »
The Spectator nails it  :nod:

Why is the army trying to recruit snowflakes?

Imagine sending a snowflake to fight Isis. Imagine packing off the kind of people who shake and weep when they encounter an idea they don’t like to wage war on Islamist militants who kill people for fun. Imagine calling upon a generation that has been brought up to think that mere words can be crimes against humanity — words like ‘I don’t believe in climate change’ or ‘If you have a penis you are not a woman’ — to take up arms against people who commit actual crimes against humanity.

This is what the British Army wants to do. It wants to recruit snowflakes. It thinks it can utilise their ‘compassion’. Let’s leave to one side the fact that the most active snowflakes are the opposite of compassionate — there’s nothing nice or caring about silencing women who criticise Islam or shutting down feminists worried about transgenderism, both of which have been done by snowflake students. More importantly, the army shouldn’t be putting out a call to snowflakes. It should be recruiting the robust, the brave, the adventurous — you know, the kind of people who don’t phone the police when they see a meme they don’t like.

Launched this week, the army’s recruitment drive is all about challenging stereotypes of the young. One mocked-up, old-style recruitment poster says: ‘Snowflakes — your army needs you and your compassion.’ Another says: ‘Me me me millennials — the army needs you and your self-belief.’ Other posters are aimed at ‘phone zombies’ — apparently the army needs their ability to ‘focus’ — and ‘selfie-addicts’, who might furnish the military with their ‘confidence’. The message is that the young ain’t as bad as we think. Even the narcissistic selfie-taker has something to offer. Even so-called snowflakes are well-meaning. Even youngsters who gawp at their phones all day clearly have an aptitude for attention. The army is saying it can make fine use of all these youths and their supposed bad habits.

Now, I actually agree that millennials and Generation Z (those born after the mid-1990s) are not as tragic as media headlines would have us believe. Yes, some of them are, and these tend to be the ones who hog the headlines. You’re far more likely to get a column in the Guardian if you’re a twentysomething ethnic-minority person agitating for a ban on white philosophers at your uni than if you’re a twentysomething bloke from South Shields who’s had a job for seven years and thinks Brexit is great. Many young people are cracking on with life — working, getting hitched, not referring to every difficulty in their lives as a ‘mental illness’ — but no one is much interested in them.

However, the army’s new campaign isn’t speaking to those young people. It is expressly reaching out to the more snowflakey millennials, to the self-obsessed millennials, to the selfie-addicted members of Gen Z. And in the process it is flattering their vices. It is treating what are unquestionably bad habits — constant self-gazing, moral and intellectual cowardice, the warped belief that protecting one’s self-esteem from ‘harm’ should take precedence over other people’s right to freedom of speech — as good qualities. So good, in fact, that the army can deploy them in the battlefield. ‘Binge-gamers, your army needs you and your drive’, one poster says, even though army bigwigs surely know that youngsters who play games all day often lack drive — that’s why they play games all day. In treating this vice as a virtue, the army is deluding itself, fantasising that the 19-year-old Wotsits addict who plays Fortnite for 10 hours a day is a readymade warrior for Britain, when he is the precise opposite.

The army used to be about transforming the young. It used to be about turning ill-disciplined, scruffy, self-obsessed youths into focused soldiers. It used to be about encouraging recruits to look beyond themselves and to value comradeship and devotion to the nation above me, me, me. Now it does the opposite. Now it says that ‘me, me, me millennials’ are fine, full of ‘self-belief’ in fact, and just the kind of people the army needs. Such delusion. Me, me, me millennials are not in fact driven by self-belief but rather by an often crushing sense of fragility and uncertainty. Indeed, they focus on ‘me’ because the world beyond ‘me’ appears scary to them. A properly responsible army would say to them: ‘The world is scary. But you can handle it. Just as soon as you get over your ridiculous obsession with yourself.’

This army campaign speaks to more than naff PR. It reveals a society that is no longer able to instil the values of discipline, courage, duty and sacrifice in the young. It exposes a society that cannot say to its young: ‘Switch off your PlayStations, get off Instagram, stop being scared of things you disagree with, and think about other people, and the nation itself, for a change.’ Instead we fantasise that an army of insecure, selfie-taking, fragile kids is just what Britain needs to defend itself and its global interests. Isis must be laughing their heads off.

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/01/why-is-the-army-trying-to-recruit-snowflakes/

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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #2956 on: January 08, 2019, 04:48:06 »
Excellent article!  Agreed.  Nailed it.  Great read  :)
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« Reply #2957 on: January 09, 2019, 00:03:40 »
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How DO you sleep at night? MPs accuse lawyer whose firm made £11m from hounding British troops of being ‘dishonest and deluded’

Martyn Day's firm sued the MoD on behalf of Iraqis alleging soldier wrongdoing

Former army officer Johnny Mercer MP accused Day of being 'dishonest'

Mercer asked if Day was 'proud' or 'had any concept of the lives you have ruined'

By JEMMA BUCKLEY FOR DAILY MAIL

The co-founder of a law firm accused of hounding British troops was asked how he slept at night during a furious exchange with MPs yesterday.

Martyn Day admitted his company made £11 million by suing the Ministry of Defence on behalf of Iraqis alleging wrongdoing by British soldiers.

The Leigh Day boss told the Commons defence committee that he had never met any of the veterans his firm had put in the dock, and had never visited Iraq.

Conservative MP Johnny Mercer, a former Army officer, accused Mr Day of being ‘dishonest’ in one of the high-profile cases, which was the subject of a £31 million public inquiry in 2014. He said: ‘You have been dishonest throughout this process.’

. . .

See rest of article here:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6571341/MPs-accuse-lawyer-firm-11m-hounding-British-troops-dishonest-deluded.html

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« Reply #2958 on: January 13, 2019, 17:51:21 »
On a scale of 1 to 'SAS Selection', the 8 miler is about a 1.5 ..... seriously....  :facepalm:


Woman who failed frontline infantry fitness test was given a 'pass' by the Army until furious male soldiers who HAD completed course staged rebellion
•   Corporal Daisy Dougherty had failed the fitness test but was allowed to continue
•   She was hoping to become one of the Army’s first female infantry instructors 
•   After those who failed were allowed to continue, some angry soldiers rebelled
•   Eventually, fearing a public outcry, commanders reversed their initial decision 

A female soldier was allowed to continue on an Army selection course even though she failed a vital fitness test – triggering a rebellion among male troops who had passed. Corporal Daisy Dougherty was hoping to become one of the Army’s first female infantry instructors following the landmark decision last year to let women join combat units and Special Forces. The first stage in the selection process required her to prove her fitness by completing an eight-mile march in under two hours over arduous terrain while carrying a heavy pack and a rifle.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6585341/Woman-failed-infant-test-given-pass-Army-furious-male-soldiers-staged-rebellion.html
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« Reply #2959 on: January 13, 2019, 17:57:37 »
How do you make PARAs look less fierce on TV? Turn it off and go make yourself some tea, there's a good chap...  :rofl:

"MoD wanted to make Paras look less fierce on TV

The Ministry of Defence tried to censor a documentary about the Parachute Regiment – for fear that it made members of the elite regiment look too aggressive.

Whitehall mandarins pleaded with officers to curb their violent behaviour and foul language when cameras were filming them training their troops – but the battle-hardened veterans refused.

Defence chiefs also wanted to cut scenes in which Paras mocked troops from other regiments for not being as tough as them.
And the producers of ITV’s The Paras: Men Of War refused to tone down their programme, which showed instructors manhandling junior soldiers and screaming in their faces.

The scenes, seen by more than two million viewers, fly in the face of the MoD’s moves to soften the image of the Army and its current recruitment drive encouraging sensitive ‘snowflakes’ to enlist to plug shortages in troop numbers.

Para commanders ignored the mandarins’ requests, insisting their proven methods should be represented accurately on screen.
A Para source said: ‘We were asked by the MoD to tone it down a bit and cut down the intimidation but we were not going to change. Para selection has always been rough. People in other parts of the Army don’t always appreciate that.

‘If people watching at home on their TV sets are offended by that so be it, because people like them wouldn’t be any use to us.
They’re not potential paratroopers.’

Thursday night’s opening episode showed an instructor grabbing a recruit by his collar during a march, while in another scene an instructor bawled at a man after he repeatedly failed to pack his kit properly.

Nick Betts, who produced the documentary for Avanti Media, added: ‘We would not sugar-coat the truth, even if that truth would occasionally be unpalatable.’

Last night, an Army spokesman said: ‘The Paras documentary shows the rigorous and rewarding training and selection process that all our recruits into the regiment must undertake."
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« Reply #2960 on: January 17, 2019, 22:13:20 »
Reservists Could Be Deployed In Case Of No-Deal Brexit
It follows an order confirming the Ministry of Defence will be allowed to call upon reserves

Reservists in the British military could be called out on operations if there is a no-deal Brexit.

A new order has confirmed that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) can call upon reserves should Britain leave the European Union without a deal.

The move will enable commanding officers to send 'call out' notices to personnel if requested by government departments.
It is in support of contingency planning for a no-deal scenario, under the Reserve Forces Act 1996.
As many as 3,500 personnel could be called up, with around 10% of those being reservists.

https://www.forces.net/news/reservists-could-be-deployed-case-no-deal-brexit?fbclid=IwAR1c8vJ0aB9X3rd5C1sRt6936m5UJz1OiKXxpQgETdJivMfM1-4_O3TWeFk
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« Reply #2961 on: January 17, 2019, 22:58:20 »
I haven't exactly been following the Brexit drama. Half of the UK wants to  leave the EU and do their own thing?

So under what circumstances are they thinking the reserves/forces might be needed?  To deal with some kind of drama from the EU or rioting British subjects that don't want to seperate/leave?
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« Reply #2962 on: January 17, 2019, 23:03:10 »
I haven't exactly been following the Brexit drama. Half of the UK wants to  leave the EU and do their own thing?

So under what circumstances are they thinking the reserves/forces might be needed?  To deal with some kind of drama from the EU or rioting British subjects that don't want to seperate/leave?

Any general mobilization requires reservist support, especially in some specialty support capabilities (think big logistics). To do that, they need Royal Assent and House of Commons approval. It's been done before, but is unusual enough to draw attention.
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« Reply #2963 on: January 28, 2019, 18:20:59 »
Personnel from 3 Para have deployed to Afghanistan to support the British contribution to the NATO mission.

They will take over from the Welsh Guards as part of their work supporting NATO advisors in the capital city of Kabul.

An MOD spokesperson said: "3 Para have deployed to Afghanistan as part of the UK contribution to the NATO mission.

"They will take over from the Welsh Guards within the UK-led Kabul Security Force (KSF), which plays a critical role in supporting NATO advisors in the city."

https://www.forces.net/news/3-para-deploy-afghanistan-nato-mission
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« Reply #2964 on: January 28, 2019, 19:10:37 »
If the Scots example can be trusted, deployment equals disbandment and amalgamation. #BlackWatch
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« Reply #2965 on: January 28, 2019, 19:16:36 »
If the Scots example can be trusted, deployment equals disbandment and amalgamation. #BlackWatch

Their problem is that they can't recruit...

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/recruiting-crisis-leaves-scots-troops-a-fifth-under-strength-1-4789836

And that they're not the Guards

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/huge-gaps-in-ranks-of-guards-regiments-9566lvhrq
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« Reply #2966 on: January 29, 2019, 21:17:09 »



Prince Harry to spend Valentine's Day in Arctic Circle without the Duchess

He will not take part in the exercise, sources have said, but will observe military personnel learning how to survive, operate and fight in extreme cold weather and mountainous environments

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex is to fly to the Arctic Circle to join Royal Marines who are being trained to survive and fight in the extreme cold, as he becomes the first member of the Royal family to be involved in an annual exercise designed to protect against Russian invasion.

The Duke will spend Valentine’s Day with British troops in northern Norway as part of Exercise Clockwork, a 50-year-old winter training exercise based in one of the world’s most demanding environments.

Set 200 miles (322km) inside the Arctic Circle, more than 16,000 Royal Marines and Royal Navy sailors and airmen have taken part since 1969.

The Duke’s visit marks the 50th anniversary of Commando Helicopter Force and Joint Helicopter Command deploying to Bardufoss in Norway.

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/world/prince-harry-to-spend-valentines-day-in-arctic-circle-without-the-duchess/wcm/e0a9aa52-32c7-48d3-8066-aef5fe1e50b6
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« Reply #2967 on: January 30, 2019, 14:29:14 »
Former marine is under investigation for firing after his barracks was ambushed

Hidden from view behind bushes and foliage, the squad of six Royal Marines lay in wait. They had received intelligence that their barracks in north Belfast was to be attacked by the IRA. Their job was to stop that attack happening.

Some time around midnight, one of their number detected movement and heard gunfire.

He raised his rifle to his shoulder, squinting through the night-sight at the road in front. Through the darkness, a male figure emerged...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4096586/Former-Royal-Marine-s-fury-investigation-opening-fire-IRA-gang-barracks-ambushed-45-YEARS-ago.html
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« Reply #2968 on: February 01, 2019, 15:50:11 »
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« Reply #2969 on: February 03, 2019, 13:05:31 »
I was addicted to war - but peace nearly broke me... soldiers like me need help, says Para Major star of Army TV show The Paras: Men of War

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6661665/Para-says-addicted-war-peace-nearly-broke-him.html

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« Reply #2970 on: February 09, 2019, 01:07:07 »
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Army recruitment campaign aimed at 'snowflakes, selfie addicts, class clowns and millennials' saw applications double and reach a five year high



See here:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6685021/Army-recruitment-campaign-aimed-snowflakes-saw-applications-double-reach-five-year-high.html

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« Reply #2972 on: February 09, 2019, 03:33:11 »
:bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

Let's wait and see how many make it through the medical exam and mental aptitude tests.

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« Reply #2973 on: February 13, 2019, 21:44:37 »
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The UK Defence Secretary, on transforming UK defence to meet the global threats of tomorrow
11th February 2019
Royal United Services Institute Lecture (London)

(Editor: This address to RUSI was given by the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, UK Secretary of State for Defence. Over the course of the past century, UK defence has shaped our nation and the world for the better. As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, its role will become even more pivotal to our nation’s security and prosperity. What threats are we likely to face in the future? How should our Armed Forces be structured to confront them? What are the capabilities we need to tackle the dangers that lie ahead? In this wide-ranging address, Mr Williamson set out his views on the future of our Armed Forces. The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP was appointed UK Secretary of State for Defence on the 2nd November 2017. He served as the Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) from the 14th July 2016 to the 2nd November 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for South Staffordshire in May 2010.)


The Speech

Malcolm [Chalmers] thank you so much for having hosting this event here today at RUSI. It’s a real privilege and honour to be able to come along. It’s important to start off by asking the question why do we fight? It is fundamentally, to protect our people, protect our interests, and, of course, to defend Britain.

As a nation, we’ve never shied away from acting even if that has meant standing alone as we did in the darkest hours of the Second World War. Even after the Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago, when there was no overwhelmingly obvious threat to our security, we recognised the UK had a role and responsibility to stand up for our values across the globe. Defending our values took us to Kuwait, Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Kosovo and it made a difference to millions of peoples’ lives; but, after September 11th, the importance of defence increased as a deadly new threat arose. A threat not just to any nation but to all who cherished the values of the Western way of life. A global ideology seeking the destruction of everything that we hold dear. We have learned much from fighting Al Qaeda and Daesh, but, while we tackled this extremism, state-on-state competition has reviving. Today, Russia is resurgent, rebuilding its military arsenal, and seeking to bring the independent countries of the former Soviet Union, like Georgia and the Ukraine, back into its orbit. All the while, China is developing its modern military capability and its commercial power.

Today, we see a world of spheres of influence and competing great powers. Not only are we confronting a state like Russia, an ideological enemy without a state like Al Qaeda and Daesh, but the very character of warfare itself is changing. The boundaries between peace and war are becoming blurred. Our adversaries are increasingly using cyber-attacks, subversion, and information operations to challenge us and the rules-based international order; operating in the ‘grey zone’ and operating below the threshold of conventional conflict. Our Joint Forces Command is already dealing with this; but, we need to go further. We need to bring together our strategic capabilities. We need to integrate them more effectively, and a greater agility to meet the demands of this increasingly contested environment.

We and our allies must deter and be ready to defend ourselves. Ready to show the high price of aggressive behaviour. Ready to strengthen our resilience; and ready, where necessary, to use hard power to support our global interests; but there is a great opportunity here too. As we look at our position in the world, we should remind ourselves that we are a nation with a great inheritance. A nation that makes a difference. A nation that stands tall. Inevitably, there are those who say that we are in retreat, and those who believe that, as we leave the European Union, we turn our back on the world, but, this could not be further from the truth. Whether people voted to leave or remain, they believe Britain must continue to play an important and major role on the international stage.

It is my belief that Britain has its greatest opportunity in 50 years to re-define our role. As we leave the European Union, and, with the world changing so rapidly, it is up to us to seize the opportunities that Brexit brings. We will build new alliances, re-kindle old ones, and most importantly make it clear that we are the country that will act when required. We should be the nation that people turn to when the world needs leadership; and Defence will be pivotal in reinforcing Britain’s role as an outward looking nation. We are making sure it does so in a number of key ways.


A global presence

First, by increasing our global presence and building on our alliances. NATO some 70 years on from its founding, remains the bedrock of our nation’s Defence. In the past five years, the Alliance has come a long way. It is far more focussed and ready to deter and defend against Russian hostile acts; but, more European nations need to be ready and capable of responding too. Stepping up to the 2% NATO target and not being distracted by the notion of an EU Army. Britain must be willing and able to lead the Alliance, to bring stability in a changing-world. We are a leader in NATO, this year hosting the Leaders Meeting here in London. Alongside this, we have sent a Battle Group to Estonia to support NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence. We lead multi-national maritime task groups in the Mediterranean, and defend the skies over the Black Sea and the Baltics; and, we strongly support NATO’s Readiness Initiative to make sure forces are available and ready to do their job.

In NATO, we must stand firm against Russia’s non-compliance with the INF Treaty. If necessary being ready to deal with the threat that new Russian missile systems may pose. The Alliance must develop its ability to handle the kind of provocations that Russia is throwing at us because such action from Russia must come at a cost; nor, can we forget those countries outside NATO who face a day-to-day struggle with Russian attempts to undermine their very sovereignty. We stand ready to support our friends in the Ukraine and the Balkans. These countries have the right to choose their own destiny and be free from Russian interference. At the same time, in such an uncertain age, like-minded nations must come together to increase their own security. That is why the United Kingdom is leading the nine-nation Joint Expeditionary Force which in a few months’ time will take part in its first deployment to the Baltics, but we must not see this as our limit. We must be willing to go further. History has taught us that crisis comes when we least expect it. As uncertainty grows we must be ready to act, bringing others with us. Readiness has to be our new watchword.

In an era of ‘Great Power’ competition we cannot be satisfied simply protecting our own backyard. The UK is a global power with truly global interests. A nation with the fifth biggest economy on the planet; a nation with the world’s fifth biggest Defence budget; and is the second largest Defence exporter. Furthermore, since the new Global Great Game will be played on a global playing field, we must be prepared to compete for our interests and our values far, far from home. That is why Global Britain needs to be much more than a pithy phrase. It has to be about action; and our armed forces represent the best of Global Britain in action. Taking action alongside our friends and allies; action to strengthen the hand of fragile nations and to support those who face natural disasters; action to oppose those who flout international law; and action to shore up the global system of rules and standards on which our security and our prosperity depends…and action, on occasion, that may lead us to have to intervene alone.

Now, I know there are some that question the cost of intervention, but it is often forgotten the cost of non-intervention and the fact that this has been unacceptably high. It will not always be the role of the traditional Western powers to act as a global policeman, but nor can we walk-on-by when others are in need. To talk…but fail to act…risks our nation being seen as nothing more than a paper tiger.

I do not underestimate the challenges that this approach brings, but we do start from a position of strength. Our people already are acting around the world from the North Sea to the South Pacific to protect our interests, and we already benefit from strong international partnerships.; but we cannot take such relationships for granted. Our global presence must be persistent…not fitful. Patient…not fickle. Permanent…not fly-by-night.

So, as well as our relationships with Europe, we need to build on our established relationship with the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada as part of the Five Eyes. With Singapore and Malaysia in the Five Powers Defence Arrangement, with other ASEAN nations, with Japan, the Republic of Korea and India. With our partners in the Middle East, and with our many friends in Africa, from Nigeria in the West to Kenya in the East; and we are seeking to use our global capabilities to strengthen our global presence.

From this spring, HMS Montrose, along with five other naval vessels, will be based permanently in the Gulf using innovative crewing and support methods to keep the ship available for more of the time. Today, we also go further, and I can announce the first operational mission of the HMS Queen Elizabeth will include the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Pacific region, thus making Global Britain a reality. Significantly, British and American F35s will be embedded in the Carrier’s Air Wing. Enhancing the reach and lethality of our forces and reinforcing the fact that the United States remains our very closest of partners. We share the same vision of the world. A world shaped by individual liberty, the rule of law and, of course, the tolerance of others. We have the unique ability to integrate with US forces across a broad spectrum of areas, and, we are more determined than ever to keep working together.

We also will be using our string of global support facilities and military bases more strategically…to project power consistently, both hard and soft. The Duqm port facilities in Oman are large enough to be able to support our aircraft carriers. The Al Minhad and Al Udeid Air Bases, in the Emirates and Qatar respectively, provide strategically important capabilities. In Bahrain, our Naval Base and our long-standing Maritime Command make a major contribution to our activities in the region, but also beyond. Further afield we already benefit from facilities in Belize, in Brunei, in Singapore as well as our bases in Cyprus, Gibraltar and Ascension Island; and, I believe that we need to go further which includes considering what permanent presence we might need in areas including the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific to extend our global influence. Our proactive approach shows we are not getting by on half measures. For us global engagement is not a reflex reaction to leaving the European Union. It is about a permanent presence.

To be continued....

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The UK Defence Secretary, on transforming UK defence to meet the global threats of tomorrow - 11th February 2019

Armed Forces with more mass

But having that presence goes hand-in-hand with our multi-million-pound Transformation Fund, making sure our armed forces have the right capabilities as quickly as possible, and today, I can announce some of the first investments from that Fund.

Take the Royal Navy. They are exerting British influence through greater forward presence. I want to capitalise on that. Investing now to develop a new Littoral Strike Ship concept, and, if successful, we will look to dramatically accelerate their delivery. These globally deployable, multi-role vessels would be able to conduct a wide range of operations, from crisis support to war-fighting. They would support our Future Commando Force. Our world-renowned Royal Marines, they will be forward deployed, at exceptionally high readiness, and able to respond at a moment’s notice bringing the fight from sea to land.

Our vision is for these ships to form part of 2 Littoral Strike Groups complete with escorts, support vessels and helicopters. One would be based East of Suez in the Indo-Pacific and one based West of Suez in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Baltic; and, if we ever need them to, our two Littoral Strike Ships, our two aircraft carriers, our two amphibious assault ships, Albion, and, Bulwark, and our three Bay-class landing ships can come together in one amphibious task force. This will give us sovereign, lethal, amphibious force. This will be one of the largest and best such forces anywhere in the world.

In 1940, Winston Churchill said: “Enterprises must be prepared with specially-trained troops of the ‘Hunter Class’, who can develop a reign of terror down enemy coasts.” Our actions mean that we will deliver on Churchill’s vision for our Royal Navy and for our Royal Marine Commandos.

Turning to our Royal Air Force, fresh from celebrating its centenary last year, it is now firmly focussed on the next 100 years. They already have 17 new RAF and Royal Navy F35 Lightning jets, capable of land-based operations anywhere on the globe ,and due to embark on our aircraft carrier for the first time later this year. We will soon have nine new Poseidon P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft enabling us to patrol thousands of miles of ocean, and greatly enhancing our anti-submarine and maritime capability. We are upgrading our AWACS aircraft with modern and better capability that will improve our battle winning airborne command and control. We are growing our operational Typhoon squadrons from five to seven and equipping them with world leading radar and now carrying deep strike Storm Shadow cruise missiles; and, to complement leading edge technology from F35, I have decided to use the Transformation Fund to develop swarm squadrons of network enabled drones capable of confusing and overwhelming enemy air defences. We expect to see these ready to be deployed by the end of this year.

And the Army is continuing to modernise its forces. We will have a Warfighting Division with troops able to deploy from our bases at home and in Germany. We will increase the firepower and protection of the battle-proven Warrior and introduce the ultra-modern AJAX; and, at the tip of the spear, will be our élite Parachute Regiment within 16 Air Assault Brigade, able to deploy into any environment at a moment’s notice. So, we are making sure our armed forces have the sufficient mass to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment to deal with the coming dangers.

Transforming Defence through increased lethality

Finally, if we are to live up to our global role then our armed forces must continue to be a lethal fighting force fully adapted to the demands of 21st Century warfare. When I came into the Department the talk was about cutting capability, but instead, this Government has delivered an extra £1.8billion of Defence funding, keeping us on track and prioritising the right UK Defence for the decade to come. That includes £600million to protect the future of our nuclear deterrence. This ensures we will deliver the new submarines on time, and means that we are spending £4billion every year to ensure the ultimate guarantee of our safety for another 50 years.

That means £60million to invest in Typhoon’s next generation radar, and, as the cyber threat grows, we are making a very significant additional investment on the £1.9billion we spend on cyber capabilities. That is funding to improve offensive cyber, putting the command and control structures in place across-Government, and, it will give us extra money to protect our network resilience from online attacks.

With the threat from the Kremlin increasing in the North Atlantic, we’re spending an additional £33million to improve our anti-submarine warfare capabilities, and, we will also spend £100million on a variety of initiatives to modernise how we do business in defence. If this is not enough there will also be a further £24million available through innovative Spearhead projects. Meanwhile, we are using our Transformation Fund to further increase our armed forces’ lethality. For example, we ae going to make sure that our ground troops, whether in the Army, the Royal Marines or the RAF Regiment are going to get the same night vision equipment that their colleagues in Special Forces have. We are also going to buy pioneering robotic fighting and logistic vehicles. Reducing the risk to our personnel and increasing the firepower and agility of our infantry.

In addition, as a result of the Transformation Fund the Royal Air Force will double our armed ISR capability so we can identify and neutralise targets far faster. The Venom kinetic strike capability will mean those who wish to do us harm have more to fear. Furthermore, to our armed forces quite simply the sky is not the limit. In space, they look forward to the investment we are making to enhance our space operations centre bringing together the best civilian and military minds; and our ambitions are greater still. I want to see our armed forces embracing transformation at an ever-faster rate, keeping pace with technological change, enhancing our mass, and increasing our lethality. We should not be shy about the ambition that we have for our forces. The future of conflict will require us to be adaptable, agile and capable of using new technologies quickly and cost-effectively. I am determined to focus the Transformation Fund on investments that will create the armed forces of the future.

That future, of course, is uncertain, but I expect to see, the Army using both manned and unmanned teams, Artificial Intelligence and the unmatched quality of our personnel to win, not just conventional wars but also dominate the conflict in the grey zone. I expect the Royal Navy to deploy flexibly, to be capable of being in many places at once and to ensure we have an efficient fleet of warfighting ships, looking at how they can grow both their mass and their lethality; and, I expect the Royal Air Force to operate the next generation with modern Air Command and Control, more combat air squadrons and energy weapons to keep our skies safe.

Conclusion

Wherever I go in the world I find that Britain stands tall. It’s not just because are the world’s fifth biggest economy; not just because we have the world’s finest scientists, mathematicians and engineers. It is because we have the world’s finest and best Armed Forces. Brave men and women who stand up for the values that we hold dear. Men and women that we are so truly proud of. They are contributing and they are the key capabilities that guard UK airspace and waters. They are supporting the civil authorities right across the United Kingdom. They are ensuring that we remain a leading member of NATO. They are protecting our interests and enhancing our prosperity, and they are showing, they are showing that Britain still matters on the global stage.

Some still wish to cut Britain down to size and send her back to her shores, but to those I say that has never been our way. It is not in our nature. Britain has always sought to take risks; Britain has always stood up for its deeply held values; Britain has always been an outward looking nation; and against adversaries upping their spending…investing in new technologies… we have to respond. If we do not, we will find ourselves with fewer options when we face the challenges and the threats in the future.

And Brexit. Brexit has brought us to a moment; a great moment in our history. A moment when we must strengthen our global presence, enhance our lethality, and increase our mass. So today I set out my vision for UK Defence in a more global age, but as we look to life beyond Brexit, I believe it is incumbent on us all to consider the role of Defence in our national life.

Defence always has been the most vital and first duty of Government, but now we have an unparalleled opportunity to consider how we can project and maximise our influence around the world in the months and years ahead. It is up to all of us…from here on in…to make sure that our great nation seizes and grasps the opportunity that present themselves with both hands.

Thank you.

"The most important qualification of a soldier is fortitude under fatigue and privation. Courage is only second; hardship, poverty and want are the best school for a soldier." Napoleon