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Defence Daily Update – 13 February 2008


Defence in the Media: 13 February 2008

Miliband on spreading democracy Foreign Secretary David Miliband’s speech in Oxford yesterday, in which he spoke about the need to support growing democracies around the world despite concerns over Iraq and Afghanistan has been widely covered in the media. In his speech he said “the rule of law in a democracy is the best long term defence against global terrorism and conflict,” adding various ways in which the UK can help promote democracy around the world and that “there will be situations where the hard power of targeted sanctions, international criminal proceedings, security guarantees and military intervention will be necessary.” Click here for the full speech.

Image of the day: 13 February 2008

Eighty personnel from RAF Leuchars’ 125 Expeditionary Air Wing are heading to Oman to take part in Exercise Magic Carpet, a combined exercise and bilateral training with the Royal Air Force of Oman. Heading to Oman will be an E3D, a VC10, seven Tornado F3s, eight Tornado GR4s and four Harriers operating from HMS Illustrious.

Defence Diary: 13 February 2008

Today – 13 February 2008
Defence Secretary, Des Browne, to meet the Iraqi national security adviser.
A mix of gallantry and non-operational awards will be invested today.
Media facility at the driver training school in Bovington, Dorset for the RM Vikings.

Tomorrow – 14 February 2008
Press Launch of “Meet Your Navy Days” (which will be held on 25-27 July 2008) aboard HMS Ark Royal at Portsmouth.

Michael Yon

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