Category Archives: Armed Forces

RAF Typhoon Pilot Seconded To Virgin Orbit Space Programme

The partnership between the RAF and Virgin Orbit was unveiled at the Air and Space Power conference in July. Following a stringent selection process, Air Vice-Marshal Simon’ Rocky’ Rochelle and Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart have announced that Flight Lieutenant Mathew ‘Stanny’ Stannard had been selected. Flt Lt. Stannard is currently a Typhoon pilot with one of the RAF’s test

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West Midlands Ambulances Service Wins ‘Gold’ In Armed Forces Employer Scheme

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) has been recognised for the support it shows to the armed forces community by being awarded an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award. Issued by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Gold Award represents the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families. As part of

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West Mercia Police Awarded Ministry of Defence Accolade For Its Support Of Armed Forces Personnel

West Mercia Police has been awarded Gold in the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). The gold award represents the highest badge of honour available to organisations that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families. West Mercia Police originally signed the Community Covenant in 2012. In 2014 this was superseded by the Armed Forces Covenant

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Police Appeal For Information After War Memorial In Lerwick Is Vandalised

Police in Shetland are appealing for information following the vandalism of the war memorial in Lerwick. The memorial near Lerwick Town Hall has been vandalised with paint sometime overnight from Wednesday, August 21 into the morning of Thursday, August 22. The letters “SNP” were written on a concrete block at the side of the memorial, which sits opposite the town hall. According

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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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