Defence Minister says range makes ‘valuble contribution’

Peter Luff (centre) taking in the sea air on the beach at West Gerinish, with the range manager Ian Taylor (3rd from left) and the visiting MoD and Qinetiq team.

Peter Luff (centre) taking in the sea air on the beach at West Gerinish, with the range manager Ian Taylor (3rd from left) and the visiting MoD and Qinetiq team.

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This week, Defence Minister Peter Luff visited various facilities of the MoD Hebrides range on Benbecula, South Uist and St Kilda.

He said: “I’m glad I came to see the range with my own eyes to understand fully the complex work that’s done here – which makes a valuable contribution to defence, including recent operations in Libya.

“It’s important that we invest and modernise the range to maintain its capability – and that task has already started with the upgrade of tracking systems on St Kilda which was completed this week.

“I’ve been impressed by the dedicated skilled workforce, many of who are from the islands, and I was also able to thank the Hebrides Task Force for the crucial support they provide to defence.

“I’m keen to explore ways to ensure our relationship with the local community continues to flourish.”