A New Defence Arctic Strategy Was Announced Last Month by the UK Defence Secretary
LONDON, the UK (BulgarianMilitary.com) – A new defence Arctic strategy was announced at the end of last month on 30th Sept. 2018 by the UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The security environment is changing due to the changes in the natural environment in the Arctic and High North. The region these days is becoming more and more accessible again due to changes in the natural and environment, and the military activity is increasing day after day as well.
The mentioned new Defence Arctic Strategy will put the Arctic and the High North central to the security of the United Kingdom.
Gavin Williamson commented, “As the ice melts and new shipping routes emerge, the significance of the High North and Arctic region increases,” and added, “Russia, with more submarines operating under the ice and ambitions to build over 100 facilities in the Arctic, are staking a claim and militarising the region. We must be ready to deal with all threats as they emerge.”
This new strategy will complement the NATO commitments of the United Kingdom and in that connection, next year, four Eurofighter Typhoon fighters of the Royal Air Force will patrol Icelandic skies for the first time. In this way the United Kingdom will work closely with allies for the purposes of deterring aerial threats to Euro Atlantic security. The mission will also test the capabilities of the Royal Air Force in different environments.
In 2020 it will also be increased operational commitments of the UK in the area with the introduction of new P-8 Poseidon aircraft.
The submarine activity is also increasing in the Arctic region. However, it is something that the Royal Navy is ready to combat. This year, a Royal Navy submarine has taken part in ICEX together with the US Navy for the first time for the last ten years. In addition, as part of the new Defence Arctic Strategy, the Navy will mount regular under-ice deployments within the coming years.
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Source: Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP