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In commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War, soldiers of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards on operations in Camp Bastion have recreated iconic images of soldiers on the battlefields of the Great War 1914-1918. The collection demonstrates the 100-year difference in uniform and equipment.

Current images by Cpl Daniel Wiepen; Crown copyright.

A Commonwealth Service took place today at Glasgow Cathedral - the first of the national events to reflect in particular the contribution of the Commonwealth nations during the First World War.

The event was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prime Minister, and 1,400 invited guests including Commonwealth Representatives, senior Defence Ministers and military officials, charities and faith groups. 

After the service there was a wreath-laying at the Cenotaph in George Square, with music provided by the Band of the Parachute Regiment and the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards. 

Afterwards Prince Charles took the salute as Armed Forces personnel marched past followed by veterans of previous conflicts led by the Band of the 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The First World War commemorative event in Folkestone, Kent, saw the arrival of His Royal Highness Prince Harry to dedicate the new ‘Step Short’ memorial arch. 

The command to ‘Step Short’ was given - the command given to the troops as they marched down a steep hill to the quayside on the way to the battlefields 100 years ago. A normal march would not be possible. 

Today, service personnel paraded down this route to the harbour.

The Government of France has told the UK Ministry of Defence that it wishes to recognise the selfless acts of heroism and determination displayed by all surviving veterans of the Normandy landings, and of the wider campaigns to liberate France in 1944, by awarding them with the Legion d’Honneur.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/d-day-veterans-award-of-the-legion-dhonneur

The Government of France has told the UK Ministry of Defence that it wishes to recognise the selfless acts of heroism and determination displayed by all surviving veterans of the Normandy landings, and of the wider campaigns to liberate France in 1944, by awarding them with the Legion d’Honneur.

Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/d-day-veterans-award-of-the-legion-dhonneur

RAF Marham’s 31 Squadron have made final preparations to become the last Tornado GR4 squadron to deploy to Afghanistan.
The unit will deploy, for the fourth time in recent years, to replace IX (Bomber) Squadron at Kandahar Airfield, 95 years after it first arrived in the country, as Wing Commander Richard Yates, Officer Commanding 31 Squadron, explained.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/last-tornados-to-go-to-afghanistan

RAF Marham’s 31 Squadron have made final preparations to become the last Tornado GR4 squadron to deploy to Afghanistan.

The unit will deploy, for the fourth time in recent years, to replace IX (Bomber) Squadron at Kandahar Airfield, 95 years after it first arrived in the country, as Wing Commander Richard Yates, Officer Commanding 31 Squadron, explained.

Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/last-tornados-to-go-to-afghanistan

Nearly 100 UK soldiers have travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to help maintain stability ahead of the October elections.
95 members of the Light Dragoons cavalry regiment deployed recently, along with reservists from the Queen’s Own Yeomanry, following the Defence Secretary’s announcement to Parliament in June that the UK would provide extra support to the EU’s peacekeeping mission in Sarajevo.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/light-dragoons-deploy-to-bosnia-ahead-of-autumn-elections

Nearly 100 UK soldiers have travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to help maintain stability ahead of the October elections.

95 members of the Light Dragoons cavalry regiment deployed recently, along with reservists from the Queen’s Own Yeomanry, following the Defence Secretary’s announcement to Parliament in June that the UK would provide extra support to the EU’s peacekeeping mission in Sarajevo.

Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/light-dragoons-deploy-to-bosnia-ahead-of-autumn-elections

Voyager flies into Farnborough for the International Air Show as MOD confirms all 9 aircraft have now been delivered to the RAF.
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne met with members of the crew who had flown the Voyager from its base at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/raf-voyager-aircraft-arrive-on-schedule

Voyager flies into Farnborough for the International Air Show as MOD confirms all 9 aircraft have now been delivered to the RAF.

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne met with members of the crew who had flown the Voyager from its base at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/raf-voyager-aircraft-arrive-on-schedule

The UK’s next generation of submarine-hunting Merlin helicopters have entered service with the Royal Navy 4 months earlier than planned and have been put through their paces on exercise in the Atlantic Ocean.Embarked on HMS Illustrious, the Merlin Mk2 aircraft took part in Exercise Deep Blue, simulating anti-submarine warfare, maritime patrol and casualty evacuation capabilities.Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/navys-sub-hunting-helicopters-enter-service-early

The UK’s next generation of submarine-hunting Merlin helicopters have entered service with the Royal Navy 4 months earlier than planned and have been put through their paces on exercise in the Atlantic Ocean.

Embarked on HMS Illustrious, the Merlin Mk2 aircraft took part in Exercise Deep Blue, simulating anti-submarine warfare, maritime patrol and casualty evacuation capabilities.

Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/navys-sub-hunting-helicopters-enter-service-early

Airborne forces from Britain and France have conducted a joint artillery and air support exercise at Castlemartin in Wales.

Troops from the Colchester-based 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery have fired artillery guns and called in fast jets alongside their counterparts from the 8th Parachute Marine Infantry Regiment and 35th Parachute Artillery Regiment, both based near Toulouse.

The soldiers, who are only recently back from an exercise in the south of France, are taking part in the 2-week live firing exercise, which started last week.

RAF Reservist Corporal Faye Hudson, on a 6-month deployment to Afghanistan, is taking part in a charity bike ride in Camp Bastion to raise money for War Child. 

Serving with No 3 (Tactical) Police Squadron Police Reserves, Faye started Tour De Herrick on Saturday, 5 July, the same day as this year’s Tour De France, and will finish on Sunday, 27 July. 

She is joined in this charity challenge by ‘Team MEP’, a group of army officials who work on the Main Entry Point and process the local Afghanistan workers daily into the Bastion and Leatherneck complex. 

Using a static bike, Tour De Herrick will cover the same distance as the Tour De France - a total distance of 3,656 kilometres over 21 stages. Each rider will be on the bike for 12 hours or more and complete in excess of 160 kilometres.

Good luck to you all.

MOD has published a report setting out plans to manage radium contamination at Dalgety Bay in Fife.
Commissioned by the Ministry of Defence Defence Infrastructure Organisation and endorsed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the report recommends a number of measures that will address and manage the contamination, so that the local community can continue to use the bay.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/future-plans-for-dalgety-bay

MOD has published a report setting out plans to manage radium contamination at Dalgety Bay in Fife.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Defence Defence Infrastructure Organisation and endorsed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the report recommends a number of measures that will address and manage the contamination, so that the local community can continue to use the bay.

Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/future-plans-for-dalgety-bay