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Date Posted: Monday, 5 August 2019 @ 13:24
The MOD has signed a contract worth almost £350 million to support the engines that power the UK’s fleet of Typhoon fighter jets.The £346.7 million contract, signed with Rolls-Royce, will provide maintenance support for the EJ200 engine up to 2024 as the Typhoon continues to form the backbone of the RAF’s fighter jet fleet.Already this year, RAF Typhoon jets have led the fight against Daesh in Iraq and Syria as part of Ope...
Date Posted: Friday, 2 August 2019 @ 09:38
Building Heroes provides skills training to Military Veterans and support into employment in the building trades. Our aim is to tackle unemployment amongst those who have kept us safe by offering them a seamless transition to a new career in construction.We have now released dates for the FREE Property Maintenance Course for 2019 – 2020. and are pleased toannounce that we are able to take double numbers (so 24 people) at our West Sussex tra...
Date Posted: Thursday, 1 August 2019 @ 12:48
The Army has outlined its plans to rebalance the Field Army to ensure that it can compete with and defeat adversaries both above and below the threshold of conventional conflict. Lt Gen Ivan Jones, Commander Field Army (CFA), has described plans for rebalancing his command which will see changes to the structure of the Field Army’s primary formations.Lt Gen Ivan Jones, Commander Field Army said:"The character of warfare continues to ch...
Date Posted: Monday, 22 July 2019 @ 13:55
Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt has announced an above inflation pay rise for the armed forces, with the lowest paid soldiers, sailors and airmen and women receiving a 6% increase to ensure they receive a living wage.The Ministry of Defence has accepted in full the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body’s recommendations for a 2.9% pay rise this financial year. This pay rise - the highest since 2007 - represents an annual increase of £9...
Date Posted: Thursday, 18 July 2019 @ 12:00
 The National Retraining Scheme gets underway as new digital service Get Help to Retrain launches in LiverpoolAdults whose jobs could change due to advances in technology will get support to retrain and get on a path to a new career, Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced today, marking the start of the innovative National Retraining Scheme.The National Retraining Scheme – which is being developed to support adults to adapt to chan...
Date Posted: Monday, 1 July 2019 @ 14:52
March 24th 2019 was the 75th Anniversary of the Great Escape, seventy-five years ago to the date the RAF had orchestrated a mass escape from the prisoner of war camp known as Stalag Luft III. You may, or may not, have seen the famous 1963 film adaptation starring Steve McQueen ‘The Great Escape’ which made this momentous WW2 story truly come to life and show what the Prisoners of War behind the wire went through to try and escape...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 26 June 2019 @ 13:23
Nominations open today (29th June) for these prestigious Awards, which will be celebrating their 10thAnniversary. We are seeking nominations across 12 Awards categories to recognise the inspirationalachievements of serving and former members of the Armed Forces and all the volunteers, teams,organisations and members of the public who support this amazing community. Nominations for a 13thAward, the People’s Choice Award, are selected by the ...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 @ 12:54
The resting place of Corporal (Cpl) Robert Owen Davies, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers, has been identified more than a 100 years after he lost his life during World War 1. To mark his sacrifice a rededication service was held yesterday (Tuesday 18 June) at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) London Cemetery and Extension, on the Somme, in France. The service, which was organised by the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Ce...
Date Posted: Friday, 7 June 2019 @ 10:51
Before reaching the Royal Family and massed crowds waiting at Buckingham Palace at 1 pm, the flypast will form up at Southwold, Suffolk and route via Ipswich, passing close to Colchester and Chelmsford and entering London south of Stapleford Aerodrome. Having overflown the Palace, the Red Arrows will fly south for another display while most of the remaining aircraft will continue past Northolt and Wendover, finally parting ways in ...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 5 June 2019 @ 14:12
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (theTrust) is delighted to have made the first ever awards under the Veterans’Community Centres Programme, with 11 worthy projects taking a share of justover £220,000 to improve the facilities available to veterans in their localcommunities. Whether new carpets, repairs to a roof,disabled access, improved lighting and more – the Trust has supported projects who’veshown that funding is t...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 28 May 2019 @ 11:15
The Prime Minister hascommissioned Mark Francois MP to produce an independent report to improveretention within the Armed Services. The Naval Families Federation (NFF) wasdelighted to host Mr Francois and his team, along with a group of Servicespouses, partners and dual serving couples at HMS EXCELLENT on Thursday 23rdMay. To collect evidence for ‘Stick or Twist’, an independentreport on retention, Mark Francois MP and his resear...
Date Posted: Monday, 29 April 2019 @ 12:49
A British soldier was killed in action in October 1944 and for just over 70 years he lay where he fell until his remains were uncovered in 2015. Several years’ worth of research has produced a short list of potential candidates that may help uncover the identity of this brave man.The MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) is searching for male family members of 2 of the potential candidates who were from Manchester....
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 @ 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: 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 ...