News Articles: March 2019

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Date Posted: Friday, 29 March 2019 @ 14:49
I’m honoured to have been giving CV & Careers advice at the BFRS National Careers Events held around the UK for the last 5 years or so.Yesterday, we were in Catterick Garrison and what an amazing day it was! There was a real buzz about the place and I overheard lots of attendees – service leavers and veterans – say how much they valued the advice and information given by exhibitors, whether it was from training companies lik...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 26 March 2019 @ 08:00
A teenager fromPreston is aiming to become the youngest soldier in the world, and the thirdyoungest person ever, to row across the Atlantic Ocean.17-year-old KianHelm, a Kingsman undergoing training to join the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment,has embarked upon a gruelling fitness regime with three other servicemen to getready for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in late-December.“I’m lookingforward to working together as a te...
Date Posted: Monday, 25 March 2019 @ 12:39
Training ships of the French Naval Training Squadron and a French Navy Frigate, La Motte Picquet, arrived this morning.Captain of the Base Captain (Cpt) David George said: “It’s great to be able to support the French Training Squadron and French Navy, we hope our allies across the channel enjoy the culture and rich naval heritage that Portsmouth has to offer during their stay."While in Portsmouth, the crews will take in some local nav...
Date Posted: Monday, 25 March 2019 @ 10:06
A RAF aircraft will help deliver up to 20 tonnes of UK aid supplies to those affected by the devastating cyclone that has struck Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced today (Sunday, 24 March 2019).The A400M Atlas aircraft will help provide critical humanitarian aid from the Department for International Development (DFID) for survivors of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.The Government of Mozambique has declar...
Date Posted: Thursday, 21 March 2019 @ 15:49
HMS Tamar, the fourth of the Royal Navy’s five cutting-edge new Offshore Patrol Vessels, has been formally named in Glasgow today.The next-generation River Class ship will boost Britain’s counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling work and provide essential support to defence operations.The 90-metre vessel, which is equipped with a 30mm cannon and flight deck capable of accommodating a Merlin helicopter, is part of a five-strong OPV contrac...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 20 March 2019 @ 10:40
Veterans who have become homeless, or at risk of it, will be supported through an extra £1 million boost, the Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP announced today (20 March 2019).The money will help ensure those who have served their country have a roof over their heads and have the support they need once leaving the Armed Forces.The fund will be shared among the ten combined authorities and the Greater London Authority who wi...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 19 March 2019 @ 15:13
The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer seized 2,540kg of hash from a fishing vessel while the warship was on her way through the Arabian Sea. It comes after Dragon took the record for the highest number of successful busts and the total weight of drugs seized by a Royal Navy ship in the Middle East.Flying a routine dawn mission, the crew of the ship’s Wildcat helicopter spotted a suspicious-looking boat from the air.HMS Dragon, wh...
Date Posted: Friday, 15 March 2019 @ 11:10
More than 10,000 military personnel, 35 warships, 5 submarines and 59 aircraft and helicopters from 13 countries will take part in Exercise Joint Warrior until 11 April.The aim of Joint Warrior is to allow the UK’s Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and their allies to conduct joint operations involving different forces and units and against a range of current and future threats.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson MP said:"The UK military is ...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 13 March 2019 @ 13:01
The 6-partseries, which followed the journey of a squad of teenage civilians throughtheir transition to become trained soldiers, proved to be a hit with itsChannel 5 audience, primarily because it exposed the viewers to the successesand failures of some great characters and perhaps debunked some of the mythsthat still prevail around the Army’s training system.Lt Col RichHall MBE, Commanding Officer of the College – “We decided r...
Date Posted: Monday, 11 March 2019 @ 16:14
The 3rd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles will be established as a Specialised Infantry Battalion and will begin recruiting in 2019.The 3rd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles will join other members of the Specialist Infantry Group, to complete plans set out in the 2015 Defence Review to establish up to five Specialised Infantry Battalions. These specialised Infantry Battalions are designed to provide expert capacity building and training skills with a fo...
Date Posted: Thursday, 7 March 2019 @ 13:54
The veterans, who all joined the Brigade of Gurkhas before 2007, will benefit from a £15 million (2.2bn Nepali Rupees) increase in the Gurkha Pension Scheme. While the increased remuneration will vary depending on an individual’s circumstances, veterans could receive increases of up to 34% extra in their pensions and with the increases being backdated to 1 January 2016, this means Gurkha pensioners will receive a total of £46m (...
Date Posted: Monday, 4 March 2019 @ 16:24
The Prime Minister has today (4 March 2019) visited Salisbury exactly a year after a chemical weapon was used on the streets of the city to target Sergei and Yulia Skripal.Theresa May visited local businesses and the historic cathedral to be updated on the work being done to help the city recover from the reckless attack.She also met some of those most closely affected by last year’s incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury, including residents ...
Date Posted: Friday, 1 March 2019 @ 11:37
British Forces Resettlement Services were proud to support 4 Regiment RLC Inter Squadron Boxing Night last night, with BFRS team members Rob and Stewart attending. Over the past 3 years the relationship between BFRS and 4 Regiment RLC has got stronger and stronger, and with this the hospitality provided on the night was first class. Rob has attended the past 3 events, and this year took Stewart with him to experience the healthy rivalry...