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Jeremy Hunt pledges to reverse cuts to Navy amid Iran row

[2019.07.12, Fri 00:34] Jeremy Hunt has promised to reverse cuts to the size of the Royal Navy if he becomes prime minister. It comes after the Ministry of Defence said Iranian boats tried to impede a British oil tanker in the Gulf - before being driven off by a Royal Navy ship. Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Hunt said events in the Gulf showed the navy needed more warships. Mr Hunt's leadership rival Boris Johnson has also committed to increasing the UK's defence budget but BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said his plans appeared more modest. Mr Hunt said investment in defence was needed in the face of new threats, such as cyber-attacks, and "To send a strong signal about Britain's role in the world" as it left the European Union. Increasing defence spending would also "Keep the Atlantic alliance strong" by demonstrating to the US that the UK is "Stepping up to its commitments on defence", he added. The UK is one of the few European members of Nato to reach the current target for defence spending of 2% of GDP - but Mr Hunt has pledged to boost this to 2.5% by 2023-24 if he becomes prime minister. Google the news >>

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