Defence Secretary briefed on Scotland’s key role

The new Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been briefed on how Scotland benefits from and contributes to UK defence and National Security.

Mr Williamson met with Scotland’s three most senior military officers – the Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland Rear Admiral John Weale; General Officer Scotland, Major General Bob Bruce; Air Officer Scotland, Air Vice-Marshal Ross Paterson – during a visit to Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh.

The Defence Secretary heard how Scots personnel and units support UK and allied operations in Iraq, South Sudan, Cyprus and the Gulf, contribute to the UK counter terrorism effort, and stand by to assist the Scottish Government and local authorities in the event of civil emergencies such as flooding.

The Ministry of Defence has around 10,000 sailors, soldiers and air personnel living permanently in Scotland, supported by 8,000 reservists and civilians.

Scottish industry benefits from Defence spending £1.5bn with it each year, supporting 9,750 private sector jobs in Scotland.

In February 2017 The Defence Board confirmed that £1.7 billion would be invested to upgrade Scottish military bases over the next decade.

The Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said: “Scotland’s military personnel and industrial base play a crucial role in keeping all of the people of the United Kingdom safe.

“By 2020 Scotland will be home to the entire Submarine Service, an Army Infantry Brigade, the RAF’s Quick Reaction Alert interceptors and submarine hunting Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Scotland is also the ideal base for crucial Defence operations and UK and Allied training requirements.”

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