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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

Secretary of State Philip Hammond talks about the important role the UK has played at the heart of NATO.
This year we mark a number of significant military anniversaries: 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, 70 years since the D-Day landings, 700 years since the Battle of Bannockburn, and 65 years since the founding of NATO.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/65-years-of-nato

Secretary of State Philip Hammond talks about the important role the UK has played at the heart of NATO.

This year we mark a number of significant military anniversaries: 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, 70 years since the D-Day landings, 700 years since the Battle of Bannockburn, and 65 years since the founding of NATO.

Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/65-years-of-nato

History was made today as Her Majesty The Queen officially named the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier.

At 56 metres she is taller than Niagara Falls and, with a flight deck the size of 60 tennis courts, she is the largest ship ever built for the Royal Navy.

Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hms-queen-elizabeth-is-named