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UK defence procurement aircraft carriers

(Total to date 700M +)

Score Marine Ltd 12,000 valves of various designs for each ship - 16m

Babcock Strachan and Henshaw waste management system - 15m

(sub contractors include Hanworthy Water Systems Ltd waste water treatment

Deerburg Systems solid waste and food waste systems

GEA Westfalia oily water separation

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Dr Robert Crowcroft

The Strategic Defence Review process is underway, and already the signs are ominous for the UK and its role in the world. It is clear that the outcome will see the UK's military capabilities significantly, and probably permanently, diminished. It is an 'East of Suez' moment, a watershed. The Armed Forces will either have to undertake a radically different range of missions or, if the outcome of the SDR is a fudge whereby choices are avoided, the UK's military will be overexposed in future crises perhaps disastrously so. What's worse is that there appears to be little clarity of thinking in Government about the general international strategy of the UK. Before policymakers work out how many soldiers, ships, and aeroplanes we need, they need to decide what world, or regional, role London will seek.

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