Williamson is Britain's new defence secretary as Michael Fallon Resigns
06:23 PM, November 2, 2017
UK Defence Secretary, Williamson
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 Kingdoms defence expenditure, keeping forces levels at their optimum while at the same time increasing Britains 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 journalists 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.
Fallons resignation follows a galling scandal involving a UK Navys 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.
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...