Gavin Williamson

UK investigating reports sunken WWII ships in Asia looted

Britain says it will work with Indonesia and Malaysia to investigate reports that the wrecks of ships sunk during World War II have been plundered by …

U.S. Secretary of Defense

UK investigates WW2 shipwreck looting claims

<b>The UK will investigate allegations that British World War Two wrecks in Asia have been targeted by scavengers, the defence secretary says.</b><p>Gavin Williamson said he was "very concerned" to hear claims that four shipwrecks off the Malaysian and Indonesian coasts had been looted.<p>The Mail on Sunday …

Royal Navy

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was 'livid' after France begged for help defeating jihadis – then billed us £2million

DEFENCE Secretary Gavin Williamson was “livid” after France begged for help defeating jihadis – then billed us for £2million.<p>French officials tried …

Military

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Fighter jets to land on new aircraft carrier

<b>The UK's new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is to set sail to the US where fighter jets will land on its flight deck for the first time.</b><p>The Royal Navy's £3.1bn future flagship is expected to leave Portsmouth Naval Base at about 18:00 BST.<p>During the 65,000-tonne carrier's trip it will embark …

Queen Elizabeth II

UK Defense Minister Warns of Lack of Grand Strategy

In an era where talking about great power competition is all the rage, the U.K.'s top defense official has a stark warning: Western nations need to …

Geopolitics

British Defense Chief: Brexit Won’t Harm U.S.-U.K. Military Partnership

Despite political sparring in London as the United Kingdom prepares to withdraw from the European Union, the nation's secretary of defence said Aug. …

Great Britain

British Unit Will Tackle Threat of Female Suicide Bombers

The defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has announced that Britain's first specialist army training team is being set up to help tackle sexual …

East Africa

UK will always be 'tier one' military power, says defence secretary

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will always be a “tier one” military power, defence secretary Gavin Williamson said on Tuesday.<p>FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson arrives in Downing Street in London, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo<p>In June, Prime Minister …

Atlantic Council

Mattis says Russia sanctioned 2016 election meddling, outlines protections for midterms

Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election were sanctioned by the Russian government, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday, as he outlined …

Russia

British defense chief defends JCPOA despite Trump's distain

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) holds a welcoming ceremony for British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson at the Pentagon August 7, 2018. …

News (China)

UK will remain tier-one military power, says defence secretary

Britain will remain a “tier-one” military power with the ability to deploy forces around the world, the defence secretary has said.<p>Speaking on a visit to Washington where he was holding talks with James Mattis, his US counterpart, Gavin Williamson said the UK and the US would continue to be …

Politics

Gavin Williamson Has A Pop At Theresa May Over Military Spending

He said the UK must remain a 'tier one military power'.<p>PA Wire/PA Images<p>Gavin Williamson has used a speech in the United States to deliver a …

Great Britain

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson takes aim at Theresa May over defence cut fears

DEFENCE Secretary Gavin Williamson hit back at Theresa May last night to insist Britain will “always” be a Tier One military power.<p>He issued the …

Great Britain

Post-Brexit Britain's military will remain 'tier one,' minister says

WASHINGTON (AFP) -<p>British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson insisted Tuesday that Britain's military will not be diminished after it leaves the European Union next year.<p>"Britain leaving the European Union has no impact in terms of the security and defense of Europe," Williamson said in a speech at …

European Union

Gavin Williamson challenges Theresa May over defence budget and insists UK 'always will be a tier one military power'

Gavin Williamson publicly challenged Theresa May over the UK’s defence spending as he told an audience in the US that Britain will “always” be a tier one military power.<p>Mrs May refused in June this year to commit to Britain remaining among the world’s elite military nations, sparking concerns among …

Great Britain

Gavin Williamson in new row with Theresa May over pay for Armed Forces

Gavin Williamson has opened a new row with Theresa May and Philip Hammond by accusing the Prime Minister and Chancellor of ignoring an ­official recommendation on increasing the pay of members of the Armed Forces.<p>In a letter to 10 Downing Street, the Defence Secretary warned that Mrs May and Mr …

Great Britain

On-off sale of British engineer Northern Aerospace to Chinese buyer is expected to complete after Government dropped concerns

The on-off sale of British engineer Northern Aerospace to a Chinese buyer is expected to complete today after the Government dropped its concerns …

Money (UK)

Australia, Britain ready to agree free trade deal: minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Australia and Britain are ready to agree a free trade deal as soon as circumstances allow, Australian minister for foreign affairs Julie Bishop said on Friday.<p>British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, hosting his first bilateral meeting since being appointed to the role earlier in …

Julie Bishop

Gavin Williamson urges Theresa May to cut taxes like Donald Trump and Nigel Lawson

Theresa May should follow the example Donald Trump and Lord Lawson by cutting taxes instead of raising them to generate more revenue, the Defence Secretary has suggested.<p>The Telegraph has learned that Gavin Williamson told Cabinet on Tuesday that the Tories should return to their core values by …

Donald Trump

Defence boss Gavin Williamson tells Cabinet to CUT taxes rather than raise them to pay for the NHS

DEFENCE chief Gavin Williamson told Cabinet the Tories must bin plans to hike taxes in the Budget - and cut them instead.<p>He said his party should …

Philip Hammond

U.K., Australian ministers review BAE ship construction at Glasgow shipyard

The British Secretary of State for Defense and Australian Minister of Defense toured a BAE Systems shipyard to review progress on the new Type 26 …

Military

Payne hints at more defence deals with Britain

Defence Minister Marise Payne has hinted at more defence projects with Britain as she toured the shipyard where Australia's new warships will be …

BAE Systems

UK to invest two billion pounds in new fighter programme through 2025

FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) - Britain will invest 2 billion pounds ($2.7 billion) to 2025 to develop a fighter jet called Tempest that could be used with pilots or as a drone, its defence minister said on Monday, unveiling a life-sized model of the new stealthy warplane.<p>FILE PHOTO: Britain's …

Airspace

UK seeks partners for next-generation fighter jet | Financial Times

Britain on Monday called for international partners to join it on a next-generation fighter jet programme as defence secretary Gavin Williamson …

Military Aircraft

Britain to unveil model of planned new fighter jet: source

© Reuters. Britain's Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson arrives in Downing Street in London<p>FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) - Britain's …

Aviation

Building a Telegraph air force at the Royal International Air Tattoo

There's been a lot of talk lately about the defence budget, and how many planes and ships the UK can afford.<p>To try and shed some more light on the subject, The Telegraph sent its Defence and Security correspondent, Dominic Nicholls, on a mission: to build his very own Telegraph Air Force.<p>So where …

Military

Russian attack led to death of woman from Novichok - UK defence minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Russia has committed an attack that resulted in the death of a Briton, defence minister Gavin Williamson said on Monday, linking Russia to the incident after a 44 year-old woman who was poisoned by nerve agent Novichok died.<p>FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Defence …

Nerve Agents

British official blames Russia for poisoning | Reuters.com

U.K. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said Russia has committed an attack that resulted in the death of a Briton, linking Russia to the poisoning of a 44-year old woman and her partner. The couple was exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent used in attack against former Russian spy Sergei …

Russia

Gavin Williamson: give Troubles soldiers amnesty, even if it means including the IRA

Gavin Williamson has called for an amnesty for soldiers who served in Northern Ireland – even if that means granting it to former members of the IRA.<p>The Defence Secretary said he is “prepared to go to any lengths” to stop the “ridiculous vendetta against former service personnel”.<p>Mr Williamson …

Northern Ireland

Tory Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson slapped down by Theresa May after 'backing ex-IRA terrorists amnesty'

Tory Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been slapped down by Theresa May after he reportedly backed an amnesty for former IRA terrorists.<p>The …

UK Politics