'Cuts mean British forces will be properly equipped'

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has released this statement in the wake of 4,100 redundancies in the Armed Forces:

Of course I regret that it has been necessary to makeredundancies to deliver our plans for reducing the size of the Armed Forces. Weinherited a multi billion pound black hole in the defence budget which hadmeant the previous Government had not been able to afford to properly equip ourtroops with the kit they needed.

We’ve now brought the defence budget back into balance for the first time in a generation. We will have smaller Armed Forces but we will ensure they will have the protection and equipment they need.

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Thousands of soldiers face axe

Thousands of soldiers are finding out if they are to be made redundant as part of the downsizing of the Armed Forces. Up to 2,900 Army personnel are being told of their fate, as are up to 900 members of the RAF and up to 300 from the Royal Navy.