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
new government appointments
"The UK National Defence Association congratulates Penny Mordaunt and Rory Stewart on their appointments as Defence Secretary and International Development Secretary. Both have valuable military experience - Penny Mordaunt in the Royal Navy Reserve and Rory Stewart in the British Army - and Penny has previously worked at the Ministry of Defence as a junior minister, so her return to the MOD is very welcome. UKNDA is delighted by both of these Cabinet appointments and is confident that Penny Mordaunt and Rory Stewart will provide excellent leadership at these two important national departments of state."
Andy Smith, Chief Executive Officer, UK National Defence Association
1st May 2019
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