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UKHO - Visit by Senior Defence Chiefs

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United Kingdom Hydrographic Office
: 21 January, 2008  (New Product)
The Director General Intelligence Collection, Major General J G Rose MBE, and Director Intelligence Collection Strategy and Plans, Air Commodore Mark Ashwell, have made a factfinding visit to the global maritime navigational products and services organisation.
The UKHO, which is part of the Ministry of Defence, has been charting the world’s oceans for more than 200 years with the primary aim of providing navigational services for the Royal

Navy and Defence requirements and merchant mariners to save and protect lives at sea. During the visit Major General Rose and Air Commodore Ashwell toured UKHO’s head office in Taunton to meet staff and were given the latest information and development plans for thedefence services and products UKHO provides.

They spent time getting updated on submarine support services, Fleet charting, mine warfare data, potential changes to international territory boundaries, the maritime environment, military navigational chart development and future defence requirements.

General Rose, whose responsibilities include supervising the priorities of the Defence Hydrographic Programme which is one of the UKHO’s largest and most important tasks said: “I never fail to be impressed by the range of activities that are being carried out to support the work set for the UKHO Defence Programme and by the commitment of staff to satisfy theneeds of the defence customer with absolutely world class services.”As a key stakeholder, General Rose is a member of UKHO’s Owner’s Council which sets and reviews the organisation’s objectives and Key Targets on behalf of the Under Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans, last visited the site in 2006 and added: “I am heartened to see the UKHO is changing and adapting to meet the needs of it’s users both now and in the future and also that this is entirely in tune with the transformational changes that are happening simultaneously in my own specific area. Importantly, their service to the MOD is undiminished.”

For Air Commodore Ashwell the visit was his first to UKHO. He said: “This has been a great opportunity to familiarise myself with the work of UKHO and to meet staff. There is an excellent amount of work going on and enthusiasm for meeting MoD requirements.” UK National Hydrographer Rear Admiral Ian Moncrieff, who hosted the visit, said: “Our visitors are close colleagues who have been naturally kept abreast of the developing plans and changes we are making, and it is important that they have been able to see the effects at first hand. I am delighted that they are able to affirm that we continue to deliver all that they expect from us and to the stringent standards they require and against which we are measured by the MOD.”

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