News Articles: February 2019

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Date Posted: Thursday, 28 February 2019 @ 13:49
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published more details on the future of DWP jobcentres.Damian Hinds, Minister for Employment (July 2016 to January 2018), said:"We will always make sure that people have the support they need to get into and progress within work. These changes reflect the fact that more people access their benefits online resulting in many of our buildings being underused.""The changes DWP is maki...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 27 February 2019 @ 13:57
Four British Royal Navy veterans were awarded France’s highest honour today for their service in helping to liberate France almost 75 years ago.​The French government awarded medals to Denis Haley, Charles Kavanagh, Patrick Reardon and John Nicholls, who all took part in the allied Normandy Landings, as a way of honouring them for risking their lives to secure France’s liberation in the Second World War.Since June 2014, more than six ...
Date Posted: Monday, 25 February 2019 @ 15:33
The third next-generation nuclear deterrence submarine will be named HMS Warspite, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced today, carrying on the tradition of breathing new life into first-generation hunter-killer names.The boat will take her place in the Fleet in the 2030s, alongside HMS Dreadnought, Valiant and a fourth, as yet unnamed, submarine, each carrying Trident nuclear missiles on deterrence patrols for three months at a time.She&r...
Date Posted: Thursday, 21 February 2019 @ 16:00
Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Tidesurge has been welcomed to the fleet today with a dedication service at Greenock’s Ocean Terminal.The 39,000-tonne fleet replenishment tanker is the latest of four new RFA ships which are the biggest in service.Previously, Greenock was the affiliated town of RFA Gold Rover, which provided sterling service in support of the Royal Navy, NATO, and coalition allies for over 40 years. RFA Tidesurge will now tak...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 19 February 2019 @ 15:28
Service leavers and their families will be now be able to access military accommodation for up to a year after they hang up their uniform, giving them more time to look for permanent accommodation as they transition back to civilian life.Current Service Family Accommodation (SFA) rules, which allow personnel who have left the Armed Forces to stay in military housing for six months, will be extended to 12 months where availability of accommod...
Date Posted: Monday, 18 February 2019 @ 16:32
A new ID card for armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started to be issued to service leavers.From today, any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them to maintain a tangible link to their career in the forces.The cards allow veterans to easily verify their service to the NHS, their local authority, and cha...
Date Posted: Monday, 18 February 2019 @ 16:09
Forces veterans can now apply for ID cards recognising that they have served in the military.From today (Monday), any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them to maintain a tangible link to their career in the forces.Veterans who have already made the transition to civilian life will be able to apply for a service leavers ID card by the end of the...
Date Posted: Monday, 18 February 2019 @ 13:20
Very little is known about this topic despite the continued use of chemical agents (e.g in Syria, and Salisbury UK) so the findings will be relevant to all those who have been, or are at risk of, coming into contact with chemical agents, including military personnel, emergency services, and the general population.The new research is an update to an original study conducted by the University of Oxford. In the original study, researchers used histo...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 13 February 2019 @ 14:03
What is it? The Frontline Walk is a physical and emotional challenge towalk in the footsteps of those who served and fought for our freedom inWW1. It is 100km over 3 days, from theSomme to Ypres.Who isit for?The walk is run by the Army Benevolent Fund:The Soldiers’ Charity. The ABF gives a lifetime of support to soldiers andveterans from the British Army, and their immediate families. They make grants toindividuals and support a wide range ...
Date Posted: Monday, 11 February 2019 @ 14:38
The Royal Navy’s state of the art Type 45 destroyer HMS DRAGON is visiting Karachi as part of a multinational task force to participate in Exercise AMAN organised by the Pakistan Navy.The visit also underlines the strong UK-Pakistan relationship on trade, sporting and cultural links between the two countries. HMS DRAGON is the fourth of the Royal Navy’s six Type 45 Air Defence Destroyers and was launched on 7 November 2008.Earlier tod...
Date Posted: Friday, 8 February 2019 @ 08:40
Devon based entrepreneur and Royal Navy veteran, JamesO’Malley, 47, will lead the LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge in April thisyear, and preparations are ramping up, with training weekends across Wales,Scotland, and France.  James, together with a team of30 challengers – (made up of ex-professional rugby players, business people and charityworkers), will be tested to the max, not just to trek across treacherousterrain in th...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 6 February 2019 @ 13:59
Prime Minister Theresa May said:"The UK is one of the founding members of NATO and I am very pleased that the Secretary General has asked us to host a meeting of NATO leaders this year to mark its 70th anniversary.""For 70 years NATO has been the cornerstone of our national security. But today’s challenges are very different from those we faced when the Alliance established its first headquarters in London.""The UK has played a central role...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 5 February 2019 @ 15:02
First entering service in 1979, the fast jets have been used in operations across the world, most recently bombarding Daesh to push the terrorist group back through Syria and Iraq.Families and friends of the present-day squadron members were on hand to welcome them back to RAF Marham, Norfolk, on Tuesday afternoon.The weapons capabilities of the soon-to-retire Tornados are now being delivered by RAF Typhoon jets, which will continue to take a lea...