Category Archives: Armed Forces

Royal Navy Diver Commended For Saving Fellow Sailors Life

A Royal Navy diver has been recognised for saving the life of a fellow sailor who nearly drowned in a swimming pool. AB (Diver) Euan Griffiths, serving in minehunter HMS Shoreham in Bahrain, was off-duty in the kingdom when the sailor from another navy was taken ill in the pool and lost consciousness. Euan, from Exmouth in Devon, pulled the

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RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons Scrambled From UK And Estonia To Intercept Russian Aircraft

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Typhoon fighter aircraft scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth, with an RAF Voyager from RAF Brize Norton, to monitor two Russian Bear maritime patrol aircraft approaching UK airspace. Meanwhile, RAF Typhoons deployed on NATO Baltic Air Policing also scrambled from Amari airbase to intercept a Russian Bear bomber and two

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Police Appeal For Help To Identify Man After A Soldier Sustains A Fractured Skull During An Attack In Haymarket

Officers from the Metropolitan Police investigating an assault on a serving soldier are appealing for information to identify a man they wish to speak with. At 03:20hrs on Thursday, 31 January, a 28-year-old soldier, wearing mess uniform, was attacked on Haymarket, at the junction with Coventry Street, SW1. The victim’s injuries were mainly facial and included a fractured skull, cheekbone

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Boris Creates New Office For Veterans’ Affairs To Provide ‘Lifelong Support To Military Personnel’

Boris Johnson has announced that he has appointed Oliver Dowden as Minister representing veterans in Cabinet during a visit to a military base in Scotland today. Oliver Dowden will work closely with Johnny Mercer who has been appointed Minister for Defence People and Veterans. That role will now be a joint Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office position, to allow

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HMS Duncan Arrives In The Gulf

HMS Duncan, the Type 45 Destroyer, has arrived in the Gulf as the UK steps up its maritime security operation in the area. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said: “Freedom of navigation is crucial for the global trading system and world economy, and the Government has committed to doing all it can to defend it. “Last week the

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Defence Secretary Announces New Measures To Stamp Out Inappropriate Behaviour In The Armed Forces

The Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt has today announced a range of new measures to address inappropriate behaviour in the armed forces. Steps to be taken include instilling a shift in culture, led by those responsible for managing day-to-day discipline, as well as overhauling the complaints system, so the most serious allegations are investigated quickly and if appropriate, outside the chain

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Do You Recognise These Stolen Medals?

Thames Valley Police has released some images of various war medals which were stolen during a burglary in Cholsey. Officers confirmed that between 11.15am and 2.45pm on Wednesday (10/7), glass at the front of a residential dwelling in Reading Road was smashed and suspects then entered the house. According to Thames Valley Police, the distinctive German war medals, including those

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MOD To Develop Cutting-Edge Laser And Radio Frequency Weapons

The state-of-the-art weapons systems, known as Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), are powered solely by electricity and operate without ammunition. The systems could be fuelled by a vehicle’s engine or a generator, significantly reducing their operating costs and providing unprecedented flexibility on the frontline. In a Prior Information Notice (PIN) published this week, the MOD announced it is seeking to develop

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MOD Confirms That Chinooks To Stay In Mali To Help In Fight Against Violent Extremism

Three Chinook helicopters and almost 100 service personnel have been deployed to the French-led operation in Mali since 2018. On a visit to Northwood Headquarters in North London, the Prime Minister announced that UK forces would be staying in the region. The UK’s helicopters bring a unique logistical capability to the operation, allowing French ground forces to operate more effectively

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West Midlands Police Helps Troubled Veterans Turn Their Lives Around

Veterans at risk of spiralling into a life of crime are being helped to turn their lives around through a West Midlands Police support scheme. The force has established the WMP Veteran Peer Support Network which assists former armed forces servicemen and women whose lives have taken a turn for the worse. It sees a team of police staff and

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