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Britain Strengthens Defence Ties With Germany

The UK has strengthened its defence links with Germany, as the two nations agree to an increase in future military co-operation.

The UK has strengthened its defence links with Germany, as the two nations agree to an increase in future military co-operation.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and his German counterpart, Ursula Von Der Leyen, signed the Joint-Vision Statement in Minden, Germany.

The agreement comes after the recently announced plans that British troops will remain in Germany beyond 2020. 

All British personnel were expected to leave Germany in 2019, but the new commitment to stay and train past 2020 will see increased work between British and German forces.

The two defence secretaries sign the statement.
The two defence secretaries sign the statement.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "It's about not training in Germany but training with the German Army - it is about actually sharing the experiences, working ever-closer together.

"We have such a proud history and proud tradition and not just in the military sphere."

Minden will continue to be used a amphibious capability training area for both the British Army and the German army.

Germany has promised to spend €46 million on the ranges at Augustdorf - an ideal training area for British tanks.

Meanwhile, Britain has pledged to keep the Sennelager  base going, which has the capacity to train up to 2,000 personnel at one time.

German Defence Secretary, Ursula Von Der Leyen, said: "We have had, in the past, an excellent cooperation with our British friends and we want to have this in for future too and build on it."

The announcement was made in Minden, as UK and German troops built a bridge using a British M3 Amphibious Rig. The two nations are the only NATO allies to use the equipment.