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Defence Secretary pays tribute to Sikh community

Defence Secretary pays tribute to Sikh community

The British Sikh Association today signed the Armed Forces Covenant alongside Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, during an event to celebrate Vaisakhi - the Sikh New Year.

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Defence Minister and Prince Harry celebrate 200 year relationship with Nepal

Defence Minister and Prince Harry celebrate 200 year relationship with Nepal

To celebrate the bicentenary of UK-Nepal relations, Defence Minister Mark Lancaster attended a ceremony alongside Prince Harry at the Embassy of Nepal this afternoon.

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UK troops arrive in Estonia for major NATO deployment

UK troops arrive in Estonia for major NATO deployment

Around 120 UK troops have arrived in Estonia as part of one of the biggest British deployments to Eastern Europe in decades.

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Army's future is secure in Brecon

Army's future is secure in Brecon

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon confirmed that the Army’s future is secure in Brecon during a visit to the Welsh town today.

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Accelerator face to face meetings: 4 April 2017 in Harwell

Accelerator face to face meetings: 4 April 2017 in Harwell

An opportunity to book a meeting with Defence and Security Accelerator (Accelerator) in Harwell to discuss your research idea.

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Defence Secretary confirms 30,000 defence jobs in South West

Defence Secretary confirms 30,000 defence jobs in South West

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon visited the Royal Marines (RM) base at Chivenor today to underline the importance of the South West to the defence of the UK.

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MOD signs £14 million contract for lifesaving medical technology

MOD signs £14 million contract for lifesaving medical technology

A Basingstoke company is set to deliver lifesaving medical monitors to the UK Armed Forces under a £14 million deal with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) that will sustain almost 50 jobs.

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Three World War 2 soldiers finally laid to rest 75 years after they gave their lives for their country

Three World War 2 soldiers finally laid to rest 75 years after they gave their lives for their country

Lance Corporal (LCpl) Ronald George Blackham laid to rest alongside 2 unknown soldiers after they were killed in Italy during World War 2.

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World War 2 airman finally laid to rest 70 years after he gave his life for his country

World War 2 airman finally laid to rest 70 years after he gave his life for his country

Sergeant (Sgt) Wilfred Lawson, Royal Air Force, has finally been laid to rest after he was killed in action over Germany during World War 2.

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SSRO launches new Defence Contracts Analysis and Reporting System

SSRO launches new Defence Contracts Analysis and Reporting System

The SSRO has launched its new Defence Contracts Analysis and Reporting System (DefCARS 2).

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30% of officers progress from the ranks

30% of officers progress from the ranks

Addressing a group of would-be officers yesterday, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon revealed that nearly a third of serving officers have progressed from the lower ranks.

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Better value for money and fairer profits

Better value for money and fairer profits

The Defence Secretary has today announced a better deal for taxpayers, with the lowering of the baseline profit rate for contracts placed under Single Source Contract Regulations from 8.95% to 7.46%.

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Defence Secretary announces 1,500th signing of Armed Forces Covenant

Defence Secretary announces 1,500th signing of Armed Forces Covenant

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced that 1,500 UK organisations have now signed the Armed Forces Covenant and pledged to treat our Service personnel and veterans fairly.

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Joint Forces Command celebrates International Women’s Day

Joint Forces Command celebrates International Women’s Day

Joint Forces Command (JFC), held an event to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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Jetty completion marks major milestone in Carrier works

Jetty completion marks major milestone in Carrier works

Work to ready a historic jetty at Her Majesty’s Naval Dockyard Portsmouth for the arrival of the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy has been completed.

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British military chief welcomes largest number of female Afghan officer graduates

British military chief welcomes largest number of female Afghan officer graduates

The UK’s second most senior military officer has hailed the important role Afghan women play in defending their country.

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Unknown World War 1 soldiers graves rededicated

Unknown World War 1 soldiers graves rededicated

Funeral service held for 3 unknown soldiers who enlisted into The Lancashire Fusiliers, the New Zealand Infantry and of an unknown regiment.

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Unknown World War 1 soldiers graves rededicated

Unknown World War 1 soldiers graves rededicated

Funeral service held for 3 unknown soldiers who enlisted into The Lancashire Fusiliers, the New Zealand Infantry and of an unknown regiment.

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Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial unveiled in London

Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial unveiled in London

HM The Queen, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, unveiled the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial in Victoria Embankment Gardens, London.

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Royal Navy's first new Offshore Patrol Vessel formally named

Royal Navy's first new Offshore Patrol Vessel formally named

The first of the Royal Navy’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) has been formally named in Scotland today.

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Defence Minister launches new Army apprentice awards

Defence Minister launches new Army apprentice awards

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster has launched the Army Apprenticeship Awards as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

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Defence Secretary underlines UK commitment to European security

Defence Secretary underlines UK commitment to European security

Britain is committed to playing a leading role in European security, the Defence Secretary has reaffirmed.

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£20 million for D Day landings memorial

£20 million for D Day landings memorial

British servicemen and women who gave their lives in the D-Day landings to be commemorated with a new memorial.

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Defence Secretary applauds service of globally deployed Scots

Defence Secretary applauds service of globally deployed Scots

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon today thanked the Armed Forces in Scotland for their bravery and hard work protecting the UK and projecting British influence around the world.

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Defence dialogue on our EU exit

Defence dialogue on our EU exit

Ministers meet with the UK defence industry to discuss areas such as customs arrangements, skills and research funding.

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Spotlight on the Accelerator Enduring Challenge

Spotlight on the Accelerator Enduring Challenge

The Defence and Security Accelerator recently launched the Enduring Challenge.

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First Innovation Fund challenge event presentation slides

First Innovation Fund challenge event   presentation slides

The first Innovation Fund challenge was launched at the Accelerator networking event on 23 February 2017.

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Submarines to support economic and community growth

Submarines to support economic and community growth

Millions of pounds of investment in HMNB Clyde is set to bring jobs, transport, leisure and business growth opportunities to Helensburgh, with an agreement signed today (February 27) between the UK Government, Royal Navy and Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership.

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SJFHQ undertake valuable maritime familiarisation visit to HMNB Devonport

SJFHQ undertake valuable maritime familiarisation visit to HMNB Devonport

Personnel from the Standing Joint Force Headquarters visit HMNB Devonport to expand their knowledge of how the Royal Navy and Royal Marines operate.

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UK troops on NATO mission join Estonian national celebration

UK troops on NATO mission join Estonian national celebration

UK Armed Forces in Estonia have taken part in celebrations to mark the country’s Independence Day.

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PM call with Prime Minister Turnbull of Australia: 23 February 2017

PM call with Prime Minister Turnbull of Australia: 23 February 2017

Theresa May spoke to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about stability in the Middle East, Brexit and a free trade agreement.

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Queens Park Rangers sign the Armed Forces Covenant

Queens Park Rangers sign the Armed Forces Covenant

Championship football team QPR are kicking unfairness towards the military out of football, by becoming the first London football league club to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

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MOD signs £146 million contract to upgrade RAF’s long range missile

MOD signs £146 million contract to upgrade RAF’s long range missile

Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin has today announced a £146 million contract with MBDA to regenerate an air-launched missile, alongside her French counterpart Laurent Collet-Billon.

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Welsh company wins £82M contract on global stage

Welsh company wins £82M contract on global stage

Leading the UK delegation at the IDEX trade show in Abu Dhabi, Minister Harriett Baldwin has announced the award of an innovative £82 million contract to Welsh company Qioptiq, who provide support for vital surveillance and targeting equipment to our UK Armed Forces.

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Defence Secretary: Britain committed to leading European security

Defence Secretary: Britain committed to leading European security

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has confirmed that Britain is firmly committed to European security, with the UK’s NATO deployments this year demonstrating its resolve.

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Defence Secretary calls on NATO to be fitter, faster, more agile

Defence Secretary calls on NATO to be fitter, faster, more agile

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has called on NATO to modernise its structures in order to make itself faster at dealing with current and future threats, such as terrorism and cyber.

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UK’s global role reinforced in new International Defence Engagement Strategy

UK’s global role reinforced in new International Defence Engagement Strategy

Britain’s diplomatic and military strength abroad will help enhance UK security and prosperity, the Defence and Foreign Secretaries announced today.

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UK urges Coalition to maintain momentum against Daesh

UK urges Coalition to maintain momentum against Daesh

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has urged Coalition partners to maintain the momentum that is defeating Daesh in Iraq and Syria, at today’s meeting of Defence Ministers.

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NATO must improve agility and spend, Defence Secretary urges

NATO must improve agility and spend, Defence Secretary urges

NATO must become more agile and share burdens if it is to tackle growing threats, the Defence Secretary will say today during his first meeting with his American counterpart.

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Defence Secretary to attend NATO meeting of Defence Ministers

Defence Secretary to attend NATO meeting of Defence Ministers

Deputy UK Ambassador to NATO, Paul Johnston, announces that Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, will meet new US Defence Secretary Mattis at NATO Defence Ministerial

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UK Defence companies step up globally at Aero India 2017

UK Defence companies step up globally at Aero India 2017

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin leads UK delegation at trade show Aero India as UK and India focus on partnership, investment and technology.

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The Armed Forces Covenant working on the ground through Eastern England VAPC

The Armed Forces Covenant working on the ground through Eastern England VAPC

Eastern England Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC) assists a young solider to register at his local doctors surgery.

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Britain, coalition and Iraqi forces to maintain momentum in campaign against Daesh, Defence Secretary says

Britain, coalition and Iraqi forces to maintain momentum in campaign against Daesh, Defence Secretary says

Operations to liberate western Mosul will begin within weeks, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has confirmed.

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Britain and Cyprus Step Up Defence Co Operation

Britain and Cyprus Step Up Defence Co Operation

The UK and Cyprus will step up co-operation in areas including maritime security and officer training under a new Defence programme.

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War Pension Scheme payments increases from April 2017

War Pension Scheme payments increases from April 2017

New rates of pensions and allowances payable under the War Pension Scheme.

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