UK and Australia step up defence relationship
Amongst the discussions was a meeting with her Australian counterpart, Minister Christopher Pyne, who is responsible for procurement for the country’s military.
Australia is the UK’s 13th biggest export market, with £8.6bn of goods and services sold in 2015 and the Type 26 Global Combat Ship has been shortlisted for Australia’s Future Frigate programme.
The Type 26 is an advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare frigate that will provide essential protection to Britain’s nuclear deterrent and new aircraft carriers.
Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said: "From the first world war to defeating Daesh in the Middle East right now, the UK and Australia continue to fight side-by-side for the values we both share.
"In the face of mutual intensifying threats, the strong relationship between our countries allows vital discussions over how best to protect ourselves.
"As the Australian Navy looks for a new frigate, the Type 26 is a very strong candidate and I hope to see it form the backbone of our Five Eyes partners’ navies for decades to come."
The visit to Australia comes shortly after Minister Pyne came to London and met Minister Harriett Baldwin earlier this month. ■