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Watch again: Grant Shapps sets out plan on how to defend Britain as UK and US launch strikes on Houthi rebels

Lucy Leeson
Monday 15 January 2024 09:30 GMT
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Watch again as Grant Shapps sets out the government’s plan on how to defend Britain as the UK and US launch strikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen on Monday (15 January).

The Defence Secretary will today set out his vision for deterring threats, leading among allies, and defending the UK as “the foundations of the world order are being shaken to their core”.

Britain is sending a task force of 20,000 to take part in the biggest Nato exercise since the Cold War which aims to make the alliance battle-ready at an increasingly dangerous time with conflicts raging in the Middle East and Ukraine.

The UK contingent, from the army, Royal Navy and the RAF will provide almost half of the 41,000 service personnel which will take part in Operation Steadfast Defender which will have a multinational deployment of up to 50 warships, and dozens of aircraft, carrying out 700 air combat missions.

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