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Speech: Maritime Strategy and its contribution to the Indo-Pacific and Global Commons

Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, spoke alongside the Chief of the Indian Navy, Admiral Sunil Lanba at the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

News story: 10,000 troops from 13 countries arrive in the UK for major exercise

The UK will boost its defensive capabilities by hosting a major international military exercise for two weeks from 30 March 2019.

News story: Defence Secretary sets out ambitious Defence Prosperity Programme

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has reaffirmed his commitment to growing Defence’s contribution to UK economic growth.

News story: Exceptional work recognised by Commander JFC

Commander Joint Forces Command (JFC) Commendations have been presented to individuals from across the organisation.

News story: UK and Romania signal shared commitment to Black Sea security

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Romanian Defence Minister Gabriel Les today signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance defence co-operation between the two countries.

News story: New Gurkha battalion to be established as brigade grows

Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster has confirmed that a new specialist Gurkha battalion is being formed.

News story: £30m boost to fast-track battlefield apps

Digital apps are set to redefine the battlefield as the Defence Secretary announces a £30m boost to fast-track agile software development technology

News story: Defence Secretary and apprentices meet military’s most senior female officer on International Women’s Day

The Defence Secretary marked International Women’s Day alongside the most senior female military officer in the Armed Forces

News story: New initiative to step up veterans' employment in the automotive sector

Major players from across the automotive industry, including Jaguar Land Rover and Westway Nissan, today launched a new initiative to help service leavers and veterans take up jobs in the sector motor industry.

News story: Enhanced package of support for Gurkha veterans

Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster has announced an increased support package for 22,000 Gurkha veterans and their families.

News story: Army robotics receive £66m boost

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson commits £66m of defence’s new multi-million-pound Transformation Fund to fast-track military robotic projects.

News story: Update: air strikes against Daesh

The RAF are continuing to take the fight to Daesh in Syria.

News story: Defence Secretary announces £11million boost to chemical defences

On the eve of the Salisbury Novichok poisoning anniversary, the Defence Secretary has allocated £11million of additional funding to bolster the UK’s response to chemical attacks.

Press release: Clean up work completed in Salisbury as area continues recovery

Defra has now handed back the final site of decontamination in Salisbury to the South Wiltshire Recovery Coordinating Group.

News story: RAF Brize Norton hosts inaugural UK-Germany Defence Ministerial Council

RAF Brize Norton played host to discussions between the two NATO allies on co-operation on areas ranging from Baltic Air Policing to countering nefarious cyber activity.

News story: Defence Secretary announces five-year plan for key military sites

Today's update to the Defence Optimisation Programme provides new details on 33 military sites.

News story: UK and NATO allies to test crisis response on exercise in Germany

The military planning exercise will test allies' ability to respond to a crisis

News story: D-Day 75: Légion d’Honneur presented to D-Day veterans on HMS Belfast

Veterans awarded France’s highest honour one hundred days before 75th anniversary of Normandy Landings

News story: Taking on the best: Ministry of Defence Police show sporting prowess

Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) officers have been pitting their sporting skills against some of the best in the country and getting into winning ways.

News story: Defence Secretary Announces £235 Million Submarine Nuclear Propulsion Deal

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has awarded a £235m contract to support nuclear propulsion systems and revealed the name of the third Dreadnought submarine.

Press release: MOD Sealand to be innovation hotbed for Defence

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), which develops cutting-edge science and technology to keep the UK safe from harm, has opened an office within the Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA) in MOD Sealand in North Wales.

News story: RAF Typhoons use Brimstone capability for the first time

The Royal Air Force’s Brimstone missile capability has been deployed from a Typhoon jet for the first time, in the fight against Daesh.

News story: UK military flight training heads towards new heights

The first flight of the Texan T1 state-of-the-art training aircraft has been completed at RAF Valley.

News story: UK and Oman sign historic Joint Defence Agreement

The UK and Oman have signed a new Joint Defence Agreement (JDA), signifying Britain’s commitment to security in the Gulf for years to come.

News story: RAF Engineer becomes first ever UK female military three-star Commander

Sue Gray, a Royal Air Force engineer, has been promoted to the rank of Air Marshal, making her the most senior female military officer in the British Armed Forces.

News story: Defence Secretary extends housing offer to veterans

Service leavers can now access military accommodation for up to 12 months.

News story: New veterans ID cards rolled out to service leavers

All service leavers will receive a new ID card to mark their time in the armed forces.

News story: Defence Secretary announces first deployment for new sub-hunter aircraft

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced that the UK’s new fleet of submarine hunting aircraft will take to the skies over the Arctic next year.

News story: New research on the long term health of 2 groups of older veterans

Researchers from King’s College London, University of Oxford and Lancaster University are planning new research investigating whether past exposure to small doses of chemical warfare agents impact long term health.

Speech: The Munich Security Conference

Gavin Williamson gave a speech at the 2019 Munich Security Conference outlining the UK's commitment to NATO and European security

News story: New medal awarded to recognise the changing character of warfare

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced details of the eligible personnel who will receive a new medal to mark the campaign to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

News story: War disablement pension rates 2019

The 2019 war disablement pension rates have been announced.

News story: Government stakeholders endorse DASA’s safety at sea competition - Get the Ship in Shape: accounting for, and tracking, personnel

Stakeholder teams from across the Ministry of Defence gather in Portsmouth to discuss the future programme for DASA’s Get the Ship in Shape competition.

News story: Implementation of improved Air System Safety Case Regulation - RA 1205

This article supplements NPA 19/01, 25 January 2019. The article does not replace NPA 19/01 or regulation contained within the MAA Regulatory Publications.

News story: Apache and Wildcat to touch down in Estonia as UK bolsters its commitment to NATO

Wildcat and Apache helicopters will be deployed to Estonia this year, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced at a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels.

Press release: Dstl Announce Swarming Drone Hackathon Challenge

In a unique partnership between the UK and the US, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in collaboration with the Wright Brothers Institute (WBI), are inviting individuals and teams from across industry, academia and the general public to take part in a special hackathon.

News story: UK wins global F-35 support assignment worth £500M

The UK’s role as a leading partner on the global F-35 programme has received another huge boost today.

News story: Gavin Williamson sets out vision for defence in Global Britain

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has outlined the future role of the UK’s Armed Forces in a speech at RUSI today.

Speech: Defence in Global Britain

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson gave a speech at RUSI outlining the future direction of the UK Armed Forces.

News story: Red Arrows' North American Display list revealed

A list of locations where people can see the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team display during a major tour of North America has been released.

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