Guardian24’s Alarm Receiving Centre awarded BS8484... » Belfast, UK: Guardian24 has announced that their Alarm Receiving Centre, Community Safety Glasgow (C... NATO blasts Russia's 'hollow denials' over unwarra... » NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Last week an extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine... UK ups threat-level from international terrorism » Home Office Secretary The Rt Hon Theresa May MP Home Secretary announces change from SUBSTANTI... Royal Navy rakes in £21 million during drug bust ... » Photo: MoD A Royal Navy warship has seized nearly 600 kilos of cocaine with a UK street value of ... Get serious about security or quit, Jonathan! » Agreed Nigeria has never been the most peaceful country in the world, but the current spate of insec... Gallagher wins again for innovative security produ... » The New Zealand Security Association (NZSA) has awarded Gallagher 'Innovative Security Product of th... Met launches multi-agency operation to tackle rou... » The Metropolitan Police is today, 29 August, targeting begging and rough-sleeping hotspots across Lo... NaviSite launches two additional UK Cloud Nodes » LONDON: NaviSite Europe Limited, a Time Warner Cable has announced that they have launched two new N... Tech Trailblazers Awards announce "Firestarter" bu... » London, UK: Tech Trailblazers Awards has announced a new bursary for early stage non VC backed start... Varonis keeps Emerson Industrial Automation secu... » Varonis Systems, Inc. has explained how its product suite has helped Emerson Industrial Automation r...

CLICK HERE TO

Advertise with Vigilance

Got News?

Got news for Vigilance?

Have you got news/articles for us? We welcome news stories and articles from security experts, intelligence analysts, industry players, security correspondents in the main stream media and our numerous readers across the globe.

READ MORE

Defence and Security Strategy

Source: MoD/Royal Navy
Photo: MoD

The UK's decision to strengthen one of its most long-standing relationships was formalised last week with a new Defence Treaty to provide a framework for the many strands of co-operation between the two countries, Vigilance can report.

The Treaty, which was signed in Perth [Friday 18 January] with the Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith, saw the two countries working together in areas such as cyber security, Defence reform, personnel exchange, equipment and science & technology.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and the Foreign Secretary William Hague, were in Perth attending the annual Australia/UKMinisterial (AUKMIN) summit. Last year the corresponding event was held in London.

During their trip, in one of the first examples of the closer relationship, Mr Hammond visited the Australian Naval Base and BAE Systems shipyard in Perth where they discussed a range of issues relating to the sustainment and development of Australia's submarine programme and future shipbuilding.

Vigilance learnt that the Defence Secretary and Minister Smith agreed to work together on the prospect of collaboration on Australia's future frigate requirements and the UK's planned Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

With both Britain and Australia due to build new frigates in the coming years, the Defence Secretary agreed with his Australian counterpart to explore the possibility of co-operation over mutual design work for the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship - a design that could meet the needs of the Royal Australian Navy.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “This Government has made a concerted effort to renew and strengthen our relationship with one of our oldest allies. ThisDefence treaty will drive forward closer cooperation on a wide range of issues, making our forces more inter-operable and maximising our capabilities. Areas of potential co-operation include future frigates, with the Royal Navy’s Type 26 design, a cutting edge blueprint that could be the first of many opportunities for future collaboration. In times of budget pressures for all nations, it makes sense to maximise economies of scale and work with our friends to get the best value for money on all sides.”

Secretary Hammond enthused: "Australia is a close ally of the UK and NATO in Afghanistan, as in Iraq, and is a key partner in the Asia Pacific region. Many of today’s security challenges require a shared response, and the treaty therefore complements what we are doing in NATO.”

During the visit, the Defence Secretary visited the Australian HMAS Stirling naval base, the frigate HMAS Perth, the submarine HMAS Farncomb, Henderson Ship Yard, and the BAE Systems ship yard, in Perth, Western Australia.