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Date Posted: Thursday, 6 August 2020 @ 13:54
The University of Sunderland is one of 127 new organisations to be judged the most supportive organisations for Britain’s armed forces, in this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards. We are now one of 353 organisations, including nine universities, to have met the required gold standard.Launched in 2014, the Employer Recognition Scheme recognises employer support for the wider principles of the Defence Armed Forces Covenant a...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 29 April 2020 @ 11:43
Royal Air Force Typhoon jets, based at RAF Lossiemouth, have today left for Lithuania to begin the UK’s latest NATO Air Policing mission. The 6 Squadron aircraft are deploying to Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania where they will carry out the Baltic Air Policing mission for the summer, along with the Spanish Air Force, who will be deploying F-18 fighters. This is a core UK defence task that the RAF is able to continue in addition t...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 28 April 2020 @ 11:49
The Puma helicopter, which is part of the Aviation Task Force detachment at Kinloss Barracks, travelled to Stornoway, Benbecula and Barra on the Western Isles to work with personnel from NHS Scotland and HM Coast Guard in the fight against coronavirus.  Operating as part of the tri-Service Joint Helicopter Command, the experienced RAF crews were able to ensure that the emergency care teams are familiar with the aircraft ahead of any pot...
Date Posted: Thursday, 2 April 2020 @ 10:31
Young Noah Clarke-Roberts was hoping for a reply to a letter he wrote to his local Army unit saying he wanted to join when he grows up after studying the World Wars in school. But the nine-year-old from Birkenhead got more than he bargained for when the Regimental Sergeant Major personally delivered the reply along with a daysack full of Army goodies to his home in a 6-tonne MAN troop-carrier. A thrilled Noah was also invited to spend a...
Date Posted: Monday, 30 March 2020 @ 07:48
Source :https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-support-force-the-mods-contribution-to-the-coronavirus-response On 18 March theDefence Secretary announced new measures to enable armed forces personnel tosupport public services in response to the coronavirus outbreak.Published 23March 2020Last updated 27 March 2020From: Ministryof Defence The COVID Support Force is currently supportingthe public services to respond to the outbreak with the followin...
Date Posted: Monday, 23 March 2020 @ 10:39
Source:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-personnel-to-drawdown-from-iraqFollowing a pausein the coalition training mission in Iraq, some service personnel will beredeploying back to the UK.Published 19 March 2020From: Ministryof Defence and TheRt Hon Ben Wallace MP Following the COVID-19 outbreak,there has been a reduced requirement for training from the Iraqi SecurityForces and a subsequent pause in the Coalition and North Atlantic TreatyOrg...
Date Posted: Monday, 23 March 2020 @ 07:40
Source:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/military-stands-up-covid-support-forceThe DefenceSecretary announces new measures to put service personnel and Reservists onstandby to support public services in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.Published 19March 2020From: Ministryof Defence and TheRt Hon Ben Wallace MPThe Ministry of Defence (MOD)will put an additional 10,000 military personnel at a higher readiness andplace Reserves on standby to suppo...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 17 March 2020 @ 08:27
Today at Headquarters Field Army in Andover, Hampshire, thefirst UK female Army reservist to be promoted to the rank of Major Generalassumed the appointment of Deputy Commander Field Army.Major General Celia Harvey OBE QVRM TD joined the Territorial Army, now theArmy Reserve, in 1986 and commissioned at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurstin 1987.  Initially serving with The Wessex Regiment, she transferred in1991 to the Corps of Royal Elect...
Date Posted: Monday, 16 March 2020 @ 08:26
Source:https://www.army.mod.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/03/gunners-take-over-guard/On Tuesday 17th March 2020 equestrian experts The King’sTroop Royal Horse Artillery will replace the Foot Guards as the Windsor CastleGuard.   It’s the first time the unit hasbeen tasked with the role since 2008.The move is part of the British Army’s new policy ofintegration which helps soldiers to work more closely together, fosteringu...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 11 March 2020 @ 11:05
Source :https://www.gov.uk/government/news/lt-gen-richard-nugee-to-lead-mods-climate-change-policyLt Gen Richard Nugee to lead MOD's climate changepolicyA new review hasbeen launched to spearhead initiatives within the Ministry of Defence when itcomes to tackling the challenges of climate change.Published 6 March2020 From: Ministryof DefenceLt GenRichard Nugee. Crown copyright Lt Gen Richard Nugee has beenappointed to lead the review, which ...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 10 March 2020 @ 08:20
Tom Newton Dunn, Political Editor8 Mar 2020, 22:00Updated: 8 Mar 2020, 22:07Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11126329/budget-tax-break-companies-hire-veterans/COMPANIES will get a big tax break if they hire forces veterans in a bid to get more straight into work, Rishi Sunak will announce.In his Budget on Wednesday, the Chancellor will declare employers will no longer have to pay any National Insurance Contributions for ex-for...
Date Posted: Monday, 9 March 2020 @ 08:47
Source:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gaming-technology-trialled-in-training-uk-armed-forcesTrials are set tobegin for a new virtual reality training platform for the UK Armed Forces,built on the same gaming engine as Fortnite.Published 6 March 2020 From: Ministryof Defence and Defenceand Security AcceleratorFootagefrom the new virtual reality simulator.The new platform will use thelatest advances in gaming innovation to improve training for ...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 4 March 2020 @ 13:19
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (theTrust) has announced the awards made at the final round of the Armed ForcesCovenant: Local Grants programme. Almost £700,000 has been awardedin this round, to 48 projects, spanning the UK and even supportingthose based in British Forces Cyprus. Supporting the community in differentways A whole range of projects havereceived funding including gardening proj...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 3 March 2020 @ 08:33
The Veterans UKwebsite has been completely redesigned, meaning you now have a better websitewith easier to find information about veterans support services.Published 24February 2020 Last updated 26 February 2020 — seeall updates From: Ministryof Defence and Veterans UKPicture of computer showing news story example. MOD Crown Copyright, all rights reserved.The Veterans UK website has beenoverhauled with the help of veterans and their familie...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 3 March 2020 @ 08:27
Contracts todevelop the ‘eyes and ears’ of Dreadnought submarines will create 170 jobs andsecure 350 more across the UK.Published 28February 2020 From: Ministryof Defence and JeremyQuin MPArtist's rendering of Dreadnought class submarineBAE SystemsSubmarines, which is building four nuclear submarines for the Royal Navy, hasawarded work worth around £330 million to Thales UK.The Dreadnoughtsonar system will be developed at the gl...