Defence Equipment and Support
|Formed||2 April 2007|
|Headquarters||MoD Abbey Wood, England, United Kingdom
|Parent agency||Ministry of Defence|
Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is a trading entity and organisation within the UK Ministry of Defence. It began operating on 2 April 2007 following the merger of the MoD's Defence Procurement Agency and the Defence Logistics Organisation, under the leadership of General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue as the first Chief of Defence Materiel.
The organisation had a civilian and military workforce of around 29,000 (77 per cent civilian and 23 per cent military), in the UK and abroad. DE&S operates as a single Top Level Budget. As of 2008 the DE&S workforce was around 24,500, further reducing under the 'PACE' business improvement programme to around 21,000 by 2012. Of this, around 8,000 posts have been housed at Abbey Wood since 2012.
Defence Equipment and Support was established on 2 April 2007.
DE&S is overseen by the Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology.
The organisation is under the leadership of the Chief of Defence Materiel, a four-star officer: an Admiral, General, Air Chief Marshal or civilian. After the restructuring in 2011 there are four three-star posts under the Chief of Defence Materiel. These are the positions of Chief of Materiel (Fleet), a Royal Navy Vice Admiral, and Chief of Materiel (Land), a British Army Lieutenant General (who also holds the appointment of Quartermaster-General to the Forces), Chief of Materiel (Air), a Royal Air Force Air Marshal and Chief of Materiel (Joint Enablers).
Holders of senior positions
|General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue||2 April 2007 - December 2010 |
|Bernard Gray||From 4 January 2011|
|Tony Douglas||From late 2015|
Chief Operating Officer
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) was responsible for project and programme delivery across DE&S. This includes supporting the equipment through life, and the performance of the industrial supply chain. The post was discontinued 1 June 2011.
|Dr Andrew Tyler ||2006 - 1 May 2011|
Chiefs of Materiel
The Chiefs of Materiel (CofMs) are responsible for managing key relationships with the Capability Sponsor and User. They work at the strategic level to make sure that the operational readiness and sustainability needs of the User are met.
The CofMs ensure an ethos of support to operations is in place to the User, throughout all DE&S activity.
|Vice Admiral Trevor Soar||Jan 2007 - 2009|
|Vice Admiral Andrew Mathews||2009–2013|
|Vice Admiral Simon Lister||2013–present|
|Lieutenant General Dick Applegate||16 January 2007 to 1 September 2009|
|Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward||1 September 2009 to May 2012|
|Lieutenant General Christopher Deverell||May 2012 to 8 March 2016|
|Lieutenant General Paul Jaques||8 March 2016 -|
|Air Marshal Sir Barry Thornton||1 April 2007 - 30 April 2009|
|Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson||1 May 2009 – October 2012|
|Air Marshal Simon Bollom||October 2012 – April 2016|
|Air Marshal Julian Young||April 2016 –|
|Dr Andrew Tyler||1 May 2011 to 21 June 2011|
|Trevor Woolley||1 June 2011|
|Peter Worrall||October 2013 – Present|
Chief of Corporate Performance
The Chief of Corporate Performance (CCP) was responsible for managing the business effectively and setting policy in key corporate functional areas. The post was discontinued as at 1 June 2011.
|Trevor Woolley ||20?? to 1 June 2011|
- Type 45 destroyer class.
- Astute submarine class.
- Albion landing platform dock class.
- Bay landing ship dock class.
- Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier class.
- Global Combat Ship warship class.
- General Purpose Frigate class
- Tide-class tanker
- Solid Support Ship
- Vanguard submarine class.
- Dreadnought-class submarine Replacement class for the Vanguard-Class
- Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft.
- F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fighter aircraft.
- A400M transport aircraft.
- C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft.
- Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft
- Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA)/Airbus A330 MRTT aerial refueling tanker.
- Apache MkI attack helicopter.
- Merlin HC3 support and Merlin HM1 anti-submarine warfare helicopters.
- Hawk 128 advanced jet trainer.
- Watchkeeper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
- Future Offensive Air System.
- Protector UAV
- Mastiff Cougar (vehicle) Protected Patrol Vehicle.
- Ajax (Scout SV)
- Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle.
- Viking armoured personnel carrier.
- Mechanised Infantry Vehicle
- Multi Role Vehicle-Protected (MRV-P) (MRV-P)
- AIM-132 ASRAAM (air-to-air missile).
- Meteor air-to-air missile.
- Storm Shadow cruise missile.
- Brimstone air-launched anti-tank guided missile.
- FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank guided missile.
- Main Battle Tank and Light Armour Weapon (MBT LAW) anti-tank missile.
- Defence general munitions (DGM).
- SPEAR, Selective Precision Effects At Range munitions, see for example, SPEAR 3
- Information Systems & Services
- Future Integrated Soldier Technology modular infantry equipment system.
- Bowman tactical communications system.
- Skynet 5 strategic communications satellite system.
- Light weapons, photography and batteries (LWPB)
As of 2016 the main locations (with staff numbers) were:
- MoD Abbey Wood (7,920) - Head Office
- DM Beith (220) - Defence Munitions
- MoD Bicester (140) - Logistics
- HMNB Clyde (100) - Fleet Support and Defence Munitions
- HMNB Devonport (220) - Fleet Support and Defence Munitions
- DM Kineton (240) - Defence Munitions
- DM Longtown (120) - Defence Munitions
- Ministry of Defence, London (90) - Policy
- RAF Northolt (210) - British Forces Post Office
- HMNB Portsmouth and DM Gosport (350) - Fleet Support and Defence Munitions
- Rosyth Dockyard (120) - Fleet Support and Defence Munitions
- RAF Waddington (170) - ISTAR Support
- Yeovil (410) - Helicopter Support
Responsibility for 'Logistics, Commodities and Services' (including storage and delivery of non-weaponry equipment, such as food and clothing, to soldiers) was contracted out to the private sector in 2015 under an arrangement that included the transfer of 1,100 staff and construction of a new 'Defence Fulfilment Centre' at MoD Donnington.
- DE&S Organisation Chart retrieved October 2008
- Dave Harvey (12 May 2011). "Straight talking from the top, at MoD Abbey Wood". BBC News. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- "Chief of Defence Materiel". MOD.uk. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- Bernard Gray appointed Chief of Defence Materiel Ministry of Defence, 16 December 2010
- MOD announces appointment of the Chief Executive for Defence Equipment and Support Ministry of Defence, 21 March 2015
- "Defence Equipment & Support - April 2007" (PDF). MoD. April 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-01.[permanent dead link]
- Admiral sailes into snobs' bible
- London Gazette 58252 dated 20 February 2007
- London Gazette 59191 dated 22 September 2009
- Defence View points June 2011
- Royal Air Force Air Rank Appointments List 08/09 retrieved 17 November 2008
- Defence Equipment and Support. Defence Equipment and Support Corporate Plan 2016 – 2019 (PDF). Ministry of Defence. p. 23.
- "DE&S Corporate Plan 2016-2019" (PDF). UK Government. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
- "Giant MoD Donnington Buildings Take Shape". Shropshire Star. Retrieved 13 September 2016.