Congratulations to Corporal Shona Armstrong, of 3 SCOTS, who has scooped the top prize at this year’s Army in Scotland Christmas Cake Competition, hosted by 39 Engineer Regiment at Kinloss Barracks.
4th Battalion The Rifles, who hold the Freedom of Salisbury, were invited by Council to parade through the streets of this historic Wiltshire city to mark the end of their operational tour in Afghanistan.
Philippine islanders hold up a sign of thanks to the British people ‘for helping us’ [Picture: Crown copyright]
Royal Navy amphibious helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious has nearly completed her mission in the Philippines.
The 23,000-tonne carrier was deployed to the Philippines to assist with the relief effort in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan under the direction of the Department for International Development.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hms-illustrious-continues-philippines-aid-effort
An 18 Squadron RAF Chinook moving bags of aggregate into breached sea defences [Picture: Corporal Jimmy Wise RAF, Crown copyright]
This weekend soldiers and airmen joined the effort to help communities affected by the recent flooding up and down the east coast of the UK.
In one operation a Chinook helicopter lifted tonnes of sandbags into a 30-metre breach in sea defences in Middlesbrough before the arrival of high tide.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/military-assist-uk-flood-relief-efforts
Pictured left, 2 of the sailors rig the wires to connect a fuelling probe then (right) signal to acknowledge that the fuelling probe is in place. [Picture: Dave Sherfield, Crown copyright]
Sailors from the Royal Norwegian Navy recently spent 2 days at HMS Raleigh learning how to transfer fuel, stores and other essential supplies from ship to ship at sea. The group of 6 sailors got some hands-on experience when they used the Royal Navy’s replenishment-at-sea training rig. The facility is a static mock-up of 2 ships standing side-by-side with a space between to replicate the sea.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge presented soldiers of No 2 Company 1st Battalion Irish Guards with their Operational Service Medals for Afghanistan on Friday, 6 December, at Mons Barracks in Aldershot.
HMS Bulwark alongside in Gibraltar (library image) [Picture: Crown copyright]
Royal Navy flagship HMS Bulwark sailed into Gibraltar today, 6 December, on her way back to the UK.
This follows a successful deployment to the Mediterranean and Middle East as part of the Cougar 13 deployment.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/royal-navy-flagship-sails-into-gibraltar
Foreign Secretary announces UK air transport assistance to France for Central African Republic.
On 5 December, with strong UK support, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2127 authorising the deployment of the African-led International Support Mission to CAR (MISCA), and the deployment of French forces to give assistance.
The Mission will contribute to the protection of civilians, the restoration of public order, and the stabilisation of CAR at a critical moment.
The tri-service event, ‘The Great War: Listening to the Past; Talking to the Future’, organised by the Royal British Legion and the English-Speaking Union, saw the debate focus on the question of the legacy of the First World War and how it shapes our nation today.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cadets-and-veterans-debate-at-the-house-of-lords
Actor Colin Firth, who plays Eric Lomax in ‘The Railway Man’, with serving members of the Royal Corps of Signals [Picture: Richard Chambury, Copyright Richfoto 2013]
Soldiers from the Royal Corps of Signals attended a star-studded screening of ‘The Railway Man’ in London last night.
The film, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, is based on the true story of Royal Signals officer Eric Lomax, who not only survived the Burma Railway, but also went on to forge a friendship with one of his former captors.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/death-railway-a-soldiers-story
Significant progress has been made to transform MOD into a more professional and responsible organisation, an independent report has said.
A Royal Engineer proudly displays his daughter’s good behaviour medal [Picture: Sergeant Paul Morrison RLC, Crown copyright]
Soldiers from 66 Works Group Royal Engineers recent Medal Parade marked their return from Afghanistan. During their tour, the soldiers managed the construction of the Afghanistan National Army Officer Academy.
At a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, campaign medals were awarded soldiers who had completed their first tour of Afghanistan and the Commander of 8 Force Engineer Brigade presented Long Service and Good Conduct Medals and Operational Citations.
Soldier’s children were also presented with their own medal in recognition of their good behaviour whilst their fathers had been away.
Based at Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, 66 Works Group is one of 5 Groups that together form 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group. The Engineer Group has had a permanent presence in Afghanistan since 2001. This was its third tour of Afghanistan. 63 Works Group is currently deployed and continues the work of 66 Works Group.