Gavin Williamson was appointed as Britain's new defence secretary after his predecessor Michael Fallon resigned over a sexual harassment scandal.
Williamson has the difficult task of cutting the United Kingdom’s defence expenditure, keeping forces levels at their optimum while at the same time increasing Britain’s defence exports which have been hit by falling procurement in its traditional market, the Middle East.
"The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Right Honourable Gavin Williamson as Secretary of State for Defence," Downing Street said in a statement.
Fallon announced his resignation late Wednesday after having apologized earlier in the week for touching a journalist’s knee in 2002. “I accept that in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that I have the honour to represent,” Fallon said.
Fallon’s resignation follows a galling scandal involving a UK Navy’s nuclear armed submarine whose captain and senior crew hired prostitutes and took drugs while on a port visit in Florida, US.
The US Navy provided logistical support for the UK Navy's investigation into the alleged 'drug-fueled' parties which the crew of nuclear ballistic missile submarine, HMS Vigilant had indulged in while it was berthed off Florida. According to reports carried by the BBC and The Daily Mail, member of Vigilants crew failed drug tests for cocaine when the boat was pier-side at the U
The UK Ministry of Defence has announced an over £90 million investment in a new helicopter simulation centre to help train the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy helicopter pilots of the future. The MoDs procurement organisation, Defence, Equipment and Support, has extended a contract with CAE Aircrew Training Services for another 8 years to continue delivering training for Chinook, Puma and Merlin aircrews at the facility in South Oxfordshire
HMS Medway which was christened last Friday in Glasgow as a Royal Navy Ship will shortly embark on sea trials where she will be put through her paces in the open waters off the coast of Scotland. With a crew of 58 HMS Medway is expected to enter service with the Royal Navy in 2019
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