This includes access to £600 million from the Dreadnought contingency, announced in 2015, and will ensure that the UK’s new world-class nuclear submarines are delivered on time and within the £31 billion budget agreed at the Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2015.In addition £200 million was agreed at the Supplementary Estimates earlier in the year.A Royal Navy submarine has always been on patrol, providing the continuous at sea deterrent for almost 50 years. And the next generation of submarines will ensure this can continue into the future, deterring conflict and protecting the nation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.This money funds a key government priority that has been the bedrock of defence policy for nearly 50 years.Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said: Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Our commitment to defence and national security is unwavering. The UK’s defence budget is the highest in Europe and the second highest in NATO and ensures Britain can continue to respond effectively to the ever-changing threats we face. We will continue to invest in our world-class Armed Forces and this additional investment of £600 million will ensure the UK is protected by the nuclear deterrent provided by the new Dreadnought fleet into the 2030s and beyond. This is a welcome boost to our Armed Forces, ensuring we can continue to back-up our national security with the ultimate capability. In a world of intensifying and evolving threats, we must strengthen and maintain our ability to seize opportunities and counter challenges as they emerge. I have launched the Modernising Defence Programme to ensure we have the capabilities we need to keep Britain safe in an increasingly dangerous world.
Jamaica gave New Zealand its lowest finish at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, brushing them aside 60-55 to collect their second straight bronze medal on Sunday.The Jamaicans lead 15-11 after the first period and 29-17 at the half-time break, but fell behind momentarily three minutes into the third quarter before responding with some inspired defense to draw away to a 46-39 advantage at the end of the penultimate stanza.The White Ferns came roaring back in the final quarter however, and came to within four with 5:12 to play, but the Sunshine Girls held their nerve to pull out a comfortable victory at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre.Veteran Romelda Aiken scored 24 goals from her 31 attempts for 77 per cent shooting, team captain Jhaniele Fowler-Reid added 21 from 22 and goal attack Shanice Beckford provided valuable support with 15 from 18.The result was tacit consolation for Jamaica following their heart-breaking loss against England in the semi-finals on Saturday.But it consigned the once high-flying White Ferns to their fourth loss in the GC2018 tournament, as they missed out on the final for the first time since the sport was introduced at the Games two decades ago in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Jamaicans were more efficient in converting their turnovers in the first quarter in contrast to the New Zealanders, who struggled to make any gains and too often lost possession on transition.The Games ended on Sunday with Jamaican earning a record 27 medals – 7 gold, 9 silver, and 11 bronze, to finish 11th on the medal table.Trinidad and Tobago gained 3 medals (2 gold and a silver) to place 18; The Bahamas placed 21 with a gold and 3 silvers); Grenada placed 25th with one gold and one silver; Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Guyana and St. Lucia tied for 26th place win one gold medal each; and Dominica 33rd with 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.