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Defence Secretary: 'warship will be a reassuring presence'

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was taken on board HMS Ocean by a landing craft, as it made its way up the Thames to Greenwich.

He addressed the ship's company in the hangar before taking a tour of the vessel.

He said:

"There are no specific threats to the Olympic Games but we're going to have very large numbers of foreign visitors in London."

"The world's eyes will be upon us and we want to make absolute sure that we do everything to maintain the security and safety of the Games.

"Ocean's presence on the Thames, I hope, will be a very great reassurance to people attending the Games."

– Defence Secretary Philip Hammond

Defence Minister: There is no specific threat to the Games

Defence Minister, Phillip Hammond on the eight-day military training exercise taking place ahead of the Olympics:

“Whilst there is no specific threat to the Games, we have to be ready to assist in delivering a safe and secure Olympics for all to enjoy.

“The fact that our state-of-the-art Typhoons will be stationed at RAF Northolt underlines the commitment of the Ministry of Defence and our Armed Forces to keeping the public safe at a time when the world will be watching us.”

– Secretary of State for Defence, Phillip Hammond

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