News story: Gavin Williamson sets out vision for defence in Global Britain

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has outlined the future role of the UK’s Armed Forces in a speech at RUSI today.

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AKA a gullible fool who has swallowed the navy's 'world power' position hook, line and anchor.
 
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Two new Littoral Strike Groups are to be created. Complete with escorts, support vessels and helicopters, one would be based to the East of Suez in the Indo-Pacific and one based to the West of Suez in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Baltic.

To compliment these groups, there will be a Warfighting Division with troops able to deploy from our bases at home and in Germany. This will all ensure we have a global force, capable of deploying around the world in a matter of days.


Where are they going to get it all from?.

My bold.
To be Commanded by our Senior Warfighter?

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Good for a chuckle. Portillo and the SAS, anyone?

'As a longstanding military man, Gavin Williamson will have immediately seen it as a bit of a catch-22 situtation.

'You’re Gavin Williamson, you want to give a speech about how Britain is a great country and shouldn’t be afraid to bomb the s*** out of anyone. Trouble is, everyone watching you saying over and over again that Britain is a great country will also see that the man in charge of Britain’s armed forces is a former fireplace salesman who could not strike fear in to a bowl of Rice Krispies. Britain would be a great country if only Gavin Williamson got his way, but if Gavin Williamson got his way, Gavin Williamson would be in charge of it. So it wouldn’t be a great country at all.

'In fact, there’s a lot of this catch-22 stuff going around. For example: you want to get out of being prime minister because you’ve clearly gone insane. But if you’re sane enough to show you’re insane by making Gavin Williamson defence secretary, then you’re not insane after all.'


Gavin Williamson thinks Britain risks becoming a ‘paper tiger’. It’s worse than that. We’re a paper Gavin Williamson
 
AKA a gullible fool who has swallowed the navy's 'world power' position hook, line and anchor.
Global Britain, yeah!

'Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond will not visit China this weekend amid reports Beijing pulled out of trade talks after Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson threatened to deploy a warship in the Pacific.'

Gunboat diplomacy threatens UK-China ties
 
Global Britain, yeah!

'Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond will not visit China this weekend amid reports Beijing pulled out of trade talks after Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson threatened to deploy a warship in the Pacific.'

Gunboat diplomacy threatens UK-China ties
Yes I've said that elsewhere and been roundly abused for it. It is not in Britain's interests to antagonise China, we need their trade far more than they need ours and once they are the world's largest economy that will be even more applicable.
 
Rt.Hon. Gavin Williamson said in his speech during Munich security conference
The Munich Security Conference
That’s why our military continues asserting its legitimate freedom of access and action across the globe…deploying our forces in a measured and resolute way.
Russian FM mr.Lavrov made his comment
Russian minister calls Gavin Williamson 'minister for war'
“We want to understand what kind of mandate Nato is going to have in the Arctic,” Lavrov said. “If you listen to some people like the minister of war – oh, sorry the minister of defence – of the United Kingdom then you might get an impression that nobody except Nato has the right to be anywhere.”
 

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Rt.Hon. Gavin Williamson said in his speech during Munich security conference
The Munich Security Conference

Russian FM mr.Lavrov made his comment
Russian minister calls Gavin Williamson 'minister for war'

Don't worry about what Lavrov said, he's as inaccurate as you.

Just imagine how stupid he looked after pretending to get the minister's job title wrong..............then still getting it wrong when he 'corrected' himself.

Perhaps he should have had a couple more attempts, he might have got it right ;)



























But then maybe he wouldn't, he's spouted over thirty different versions of the Salisbury NA poisoning incident and still can't decide which version he wants to follow. What is it with Russians and getting things wrong ?
 
Well, the French carrier is going to the Far East with most of the Marine Nationale's Rafales on it this year, and may just venture towards the South China sea, so why should out carrier not venture out there with it's shiny new fuglies on board, and some American ones to boot?.

The South China sea is international waters, so sailing there should be no problem.
 
I’m baffled that people think we should let China do what they want tbh? It also misses the point that sending ships to conduct FON ops is as much about sending a message to our friends and allies as it is to China.

Regardless of Gav’s er somewhat over enthusiastic approach, he must be doing something right because they don’t half seem to hate him at the Guardian
 

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