conservative leadership contest
"Both the contenders for the Leadership of the Conservative Party have pledged that as Prime Minister they would boost Defence funding, indicating that the MOD budget could be increased by £15bn within the next 5 years. These commitments by Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are very welcome but UKNDA remains concerned that any additional funds for Defence could be squandered on 'big ticket' items when in fact what we need are commitments to restore specific military capabilities that have been lost due to cuts by Conservative governments since 2010 and a much-needed rebuilding of Armed Forces manpower as all three Services have been allowed to shrink in the last decade. The nation therefore urgently needs to recruit and train tens of thousands of new personnel for the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, and to ensure that they have the equipment, weaponry, vessels, aircraft and vehicles that they require. Expanding Britain's military must be an absolute priority for the next Prime Minister, whoever holds that office."
Andy Smith, Chief Executive Officer, UK National Defence Association
uknda.org 30th June 2019
Defence Secretary's keynote speech at the Sea Power Conference 2019
Quotes from the Defence Secretary's speech. (Bear in mind the nature of the event. It means that all her speech referred to the Royal Navy.)
"Our citizens want the nation to be able to affect and improve the world.
They want us to go out and sort out problems.
Global Britain is a protector, it’s a wealth bringer, it’s a problem solver, a life saver and a peace broker. And nothing symbolises our intent and ambition for global Britain and has captured the hearts of our citizens more than our new carriers. They are a mighty symbol of our intent. The most powerful ships Britain has ever built. Nine acres of sovereign territory that will give us the ability to project power from anywhere in the world.
I just want us to briefly recap the headlines from the last three defence reviews. In 1997, the review pledged to deliver 32 destroyers and frigates and 2 Amphibious Assault Ships. In the event, we got the 2 Assault ships…but only six frigates and destroyers.
In 2010 SDSR, we said we would deliver 2 carriers and 19 destroyers and frigates …of which 6 were Type 45s and 13 were Type 26s. Well we got the carriers. But the 13 Type 26s were reduced to 8 and we’ve ordered 3 of them.
And in SDSR 2015 we set out a shopping list of 8 T26s, 5 Type 31e, 2 OPVs and 4 ballistic missile submarines. I am determined that remains on track.
I ask you, what is the point of methodically reviewing threats and tasks, formulating capability and then not delivering it?"
A very good question Secretary of State.
15th May 2019
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