What we do

The Ministry of Defence's (MOD's) Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation has a £14 billion annual budget to buy and support all the equipment and services that the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force need to operate effectively. We work closely with industry, including through partnering agreements and private finance initiatives.

Who we are

Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) employs approximately 16,500 people around the UK and overseas and our headquarters are in Bristol.


We are responsible for:

  • the procurement and support of ships, submarines, aircraft, vehicles, weapons, information systems, satellite communications and supporting services
  • general requirements including food, clothing, medical supplies and temporary accommodation
  • HM naval bases (until 1 April 2014, when this transfers to Navy Command)
  • inventory management
  • British Forces Post Office
  • Submarine Dismantling Project
  • all commercial activities within MOD


From 2014 to 2015 our priorities include:

  • providing equipment and support for operations now and in the future, including meeting urgent operational requirements
  • acting as an objective decision maker and adviser on the right equipment and services
  • progressing key defence transformation projects, including the materiel strategy, which is looking at changes to improve delivery of equipment and support to the armed forces

Contact DE&S

Office address

Ministry of Defence
DE&S Secretariat
Maple 0a, #2043
MOD Abbey Wood

BS34 8JH

Copyright and Intellectual Property Group

MOD Copyright Administrator
Poplar 2 #2214
MOD Abbey Wood
BS34 8JH

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Main Building


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