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New Defence Secretary recognises Scots defence role

New Defence Secretary recognises Scots defence role

The new Defence Secretary was briefed on how Scotland benefits from and contributes to UK defence and National Security in Edinburgh today.

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Queen to commission namesake aircraft carrier in just three weeks, Defence Secretary announces on flight deck

Queen to commission namesake aircraft carrier in just three weeks, Defence Secretary announces on flight deck

Her Majesty the Queen will formally commission her namesake aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, into the Royal Navy fleet in just three weeks’ time.

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UK EXTENDS SUPPORT TO PEACEKEEPING IN SOUTH SUDAN

UK EXTENDS SUPPORT TO PEACEKEEPING IN SOUTH SUDAN

The UK is extending the deployment of Royal Engineers to the UN Mission in South Sudan for an additional year, until April 2020.

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Completion of Longbridge accommodation for Royal Centre for Defence Medicine staff

Completion of Longbridge accommodation for Royal Centre for Defence Medicine staff

The Commanding Officer of the RCDM has cut the ribbon to mark the completion of new accommodation for military medics working in Birmingham.

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US and UK Armies lead the way in world first for robotic vehicles

US and UK Armies lead the way in world first for robotic vehicles

The first ever demonstration of a UK-US unmanned military vehicle convoy has taken place as part of the 'Last Mile' logistics to front-line troops

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Xbox controllers, Hoverbikes and robotic trucks trialled by British and American Armies

Xbox controllers, Hoverbikes and robotic trucks trialled by British and American Armies

A world-first in the US has seen British soldiers controlling 4x4s with Xbox-style controllers and a UK driverless truck leading American trucks in an unmanned convoy.

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Defence Minister reaffirms UK commitment to European security

Defence Minister reaffirms UK commitment to European security

Defence Minister Lord Howe has reaffirmed the UK's commitment to European Security at a meeting today of the EU Foreign Affairs Council.

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Foreign Secretary attends November 2017 EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting

Foreign Secretary attends November 2017 EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting

Boris Johnson attended the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 13 November 2017, where discussions included the Iran nuclear deal and sanctions on Venezuela.

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The Nation remembers

The Nation remembers

The nation falls silent as The Queen and members of the Royal Family join the traditional Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London

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RAF continue to strike a retreating Daesh

RAF continue to strike a retreating Daesh

Daesh terrorists are in rapid retreat as the RAF continues to strike them in both Iraq and Syria.

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DCDC hosts Northern Group working group

DCDC hosts Northern Group working group

The first meeting of the Northern Group Centre for Conceptual Thinking took place at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

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British and Australian military work with Vietnam People's Army

British and Australian military work with Vietnam People's Army

Military logistics experts from the RAF, British Army and RAAF have helped the Vietnam People’s Army prepare for its peacekeeping deployment to South Sudan in 2018.

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First Secretary salutes RAF Lossiemouth contribution to UK Defence

First Secretary salutes RAF Lossiemouth contribution to UK Defence

The First Secretary of State unveiled a frontline Scots-based Typhoon fast jet renamed ‘Sir Roderic’ in honour of an RAF tradition born of one family’s tragedy in 1941 at RAF Lossiemouth today.

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Armed Forces Minister reinforces UK support to Gibraltar

Armed Forces Minister reinforces UK support to Gibraltar

Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, arrives in Gibraltar today.

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UK steps up commitment to European security

UK steps up commitment to European security

The UK is increasing its commitment to European security as the Defence Secretary announces a package of support to stand by our allies.

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Statement from Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson

Statement from Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson

Statement from Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson

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Hundreds of Service personnel support London Poppy Day

Hundreds of Service personnel support London Poppy Day

Around 980 tri-service members of the Armed Forces turned out to support the annual event

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Hundreds of Service personnel support London Poppy Day

Hundreds of Service personnel support London Poppy Day

Around 980 tri-service members of the Armed Forces turned out to support the annual event

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New nurseries open for UK forces families in Cyprus

New nurseries open for UK forces families in Cyprus

The RAF Akrotiri early years learning facility was officially opened on October 17 by Commander British Forces Cyprus (BFC), Major General James Illingworth and director for the Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP), Mike Cooper.

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Science and tech at core of defence as Minister launches new strategy in Birmingham

Science and tech at core of defence as Minister launches new strategy in Birmingham

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin has today launched a new Science and Technology Strategy to counter evolving threats and adapt to rapidly changing technology.

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British soldiers arrive in Estonia

British soldiers arrive in Estonia

1st Battalion The Royal Welsh have deployed to Estonia

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Open Call for Innovation paused for low TRL Defence proposals this financial year

Open Call for Innovation paused for low TRL Defence proposals this financial year

Since its launch, the Defence and Security Accelerator has assessed nearly 700 proposals from almost 400 organisations and has successfully awarded its defence portion of the ‘Open Call’ budget for this year. Subsequently the Open Call for Innovation has been paused for new Defence-related proposals.

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Defence Secretary visits Tyneside shipyard as industry develops plans for new frigates

Defence Secretary visits Tyneside shipyard as industry develops plans for new frigates

As part of his nationwide tour of UK shipyards, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon paid a visit to A&P Tyne near Newcastle today, one of the yards that could be involved in building a new class of ships for the Royal Navy.

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New stats reveal veterans’ contribution to society, as Ministerial Board steps up support to Armed Forces

New stats reveal veterans’ contribution to society, as Ministerial Board steps up support to Armed Forces

New figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed the contribution veterans make to the economy and society.

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Defence Secretary commits to boost diversity in the Armed Forces

Defence Secretary commits to boost diversity in the Armed Forces

The Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, today committed to boosting diversity in the Armed Forces during a visit to the Royal Navy’s London Reserve unit at HMS President.

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UK Government ministers host Poppyscotland launch

UK Government ministers host Poppyscotland launch

UK Government ministers hosted the launch of this year’s appeal, encouraging everyone to use their old ‘round pounds’ to purchase their poppy.

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UK hosts international nuclear disarmament verification exercise

UK hosts international nuclear disarmament verification exercise

The UK has successfully hosted an innovative international nuclear disarmament verification exercise between nuclear and non-nuclear weapons states.

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Millions invested in pilot training at state of the art helicopter centre

Millions invested in pilot training at state of the art helicopter centre

The Ministry of Defence has announced an over £90 million investment in a world-leading helicopter simulation centre to help train the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy helicopter pilots of the future.

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DIO awards contract for new jetty at HMNB Devonport Oil Fuel Depot

DIO awards contract for new jetty at HMNB Devonport Oil Fuel Depot

DIO awarded a contract worth approximately £43 million to VolkerStevin to construct a new jetty at Thanckes Oil Fuel Depot which provides fuelling facilities for the Royal Navy at Devonport Naval Base.

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Exercise Cambrian Patrol testing the best from around the world

Exercise Cambrian Patrol testing the best from around the world

Exercise Cambrian Patrol is an annual test of troop’s military skills. It is seen by many as the most challenging event of its kind that there is.

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UK steps up role as the fight against Daesh evolves

UK steps up role as the fight against Daesh evolves

UK forces deployed at Al Asad Air Base will train further forward and provide increased force protection for UK personnel in and around coalition bases as Daesh continues its retreat across Iraq and Syria.

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Defence Secretary announces exceptional gift to Canada

Defence Secretary announces exceptional gift to Canada

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced today that the UK will gift the wrecks from Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin’s historic expedition to the Canadian Government. This reflects our long shared history and the closeness of our current bilateral relationship.

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MOD Veterans UK welcomes Prince Harry to Blackpool in a visit marking 25 years of helpline support

MOD Veterans UK welcomes Prince Harry to Blackpool in a visit marking 25 years of helpline support

His Royal Highness Prince Harry was today welcomed by staff from MOD Veterans UK, part of Defence Business Services, in a visit marking 25 years of the Veterans UK Helpline Service at their Norcross site near Blackpool.

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New frigates opportunity for Ferguson as Defence Secretary visits

New frigates opportunity for Ferguson as Defence Secretary visits

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has paid a visit to Glasgow’s Ferguson shipyard as industry develops plans for a brand new class of frigates for the Royal Navy.

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Defence Secretary welcomes liberation of Raqqah

Defence Secretary welcomes liberation of Raqqah

As the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) formally announce that Raqqah has been liberated from Daesh, the Defence Secretary has welcomed the news but cautioned there is more to do.

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New Navy ship named in Glasgow

New Navy ship named in Glasgow

A new Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) has been named in Scotland today.

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Joint communiqué between Mexico and the United Kingdom: October 2017

Joint communiqué between Mexico and the United Kingdom: October 2017

The UK and Mexico held high level political talks in London on 19 October 2017 and issued a joint communiqué.

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Suppliers invited to contribute to advanced materials consultation

Suppliers invited to contribute to advanced materials consultation

A new enduring consultation has been launched inviting suppliers to help shape the future research activity as part of the Materials for Strategic Advantage (MSA) programme.

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Helping veterans obtain the financial support they are entitled to

Helping veterans obtain the financial support they are entitled to

London VAPC assists ex-servicemen to claim pensions.

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F 35 jet cleared for Carrier take off, Defence Minister tells Select Committee

F 35 jet cleared for Carrier take off, Defence Minister tells Select Committee

The UK’s cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet is now cleared for take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth following successful trials using the ski-ramp design featured on the UK flagship.

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Two World War 1 soldiers have finally been identified a century later

Two World War 1 soldiers have finally been identified a century later

Two fallen World War 1 soldiers have finally had a rededication service a century after their loss of life.

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Autonomy of Hazardous Scene Assessment Phase 2 – ‘MINERVA’

Autonomy of Hazardous Scene Assessment Phase 2 – ‘MINERVA’

Winners announced in the latest round of the Autonomy of Hazardous Scene Assessment (AHSA) Defence and Security Accelerator competition which will change the way chemical and bio-hazards are investigated.

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Foreign Secretary hosts talks with European foreign ministers

Foreign Secretary hosts talks with European foreign ministers

The Foreign Secretary today (Sunday 15 October) held talks with foreign ministers from 8 European allies.

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Mini drones set to investigate hazardous scenes, announces Defence Secretary

Mini drones set to investigate hazardous scenes, announces Defence Secretary

A pocket-sized drone and a mini-detector known as Snake Eyes are amongst the new high-tech gadgets set to investigate future chemical or bio-hazards, after Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced the winners of an innovation challenge.

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UK and Poland meet for security and defence talks

UK and Poland meet for security and defence talks

The Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary met today (Thursday 12 October) with their Polish counterparts for talks on security and defence co-operation.

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