HMS Bulwark helps promote UK economy

HMS Bulwark | MOD Defence Contracts OnlineHMS Bulwark hosted a Defence and Security Industry Day (DSID), sponsored by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), on her recent visit to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The Plymouth-based Fleet Flagship, in the Gulf to lead the Response Force Task Group’s Cougar 13 deployment, invited eight defence sector companies to display their products at the event.

BMT Defence Services, Dytecna, Holyhead Marine, MBDA Missile Systems, QinetiQ, Selex ES, Thales UK and BAE Systems were all in attendance in support of the International Defence Engagement Strategy which assists UK defence sales and international defence industry cooperation.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (Min DEST), Mr Philip Dunne MP, and Her Majesty’s Ambassador (HMA) to the United Arab Emirates, His Excellency Mr Dominic Jermey, opened the event.

The day provided an opportunity for key individuals from across the UAE military leadership and security sectors to engage with UKTI representatives to promote UK defence sales using the operational backdrop of the Fleet Flagship.

Min DEST Philip Dunne said: “HMS Bulwark provides the perfect backdrop for the Defence and Security Industry Day enabling UK businesses to effectively promote their products and services in the maritime sector. Defence exports are an important part of our economy and events such as these allow us to engage with our allies such as the UAE to improve our interoperability.”