Defence Secretary Liam Fox said the US was our “cornerstone” of security
Sunday October 9,2011
By Marco Giannangeli
BRITAIN is to strengthen its military ties with the US under plans to shore up non-European alliances.
One plan being discussed is to establish a Memorandum of Understanding between the two. The ground-breaking deal would see Britain and the US share resources.
One option is to provide the US with British mine detection in return for US anti-submarine capability.
It may also let the UK have access to US “intellectual property”, giving British technicians codes to maintain US military equipment in the UK, and saving millions of pounds in servicing contracts.
Britain has 19 frigates and destroyers capable of long range anti-submarine detection. The UK also operates 15 mine counter measure vessels, eight of the larger Hunter class, and seven of the smaller Sandown class.
A senior source told the Sunday Express: “This is in its very early stages, but it is being taken very seriously.”
Last week Defence Secretary Liam Fox said the US was our “cornerstone” of security, and poured scorn on moves by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to solidify ties with the European Union.