Coronavirus: armed forces praised for their “versatility” in the event of a pandemic

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Red arrows will fly to mark Armed Forces Day


The Queen and the Prime Minister paid tribute to veterans and service members as the nation prepares to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

The Secretary of Defense also praised “their professionalism, their commitment and their versatility” throughout the pandemic.

Normally, events take place across the country, but the coronavirus crisis means that most of the celebrations will be online for the first time this year.

However, the red arrows must fly over North Yorkshire.

The Hawk planes will fly over Army Catterick Garrison, RAF Leeming and the city of Scarborough, where the event was scheduled to take place before its cancellation due to the pandemic.

The armed forces were involved in the UK response to Covid-19, helping to repatriate British citizens from abroad, designing and distributing PPE and building hospitals.

Among the soldiers Boris Johnson met before the celebrations were Lt. Col. Harvey Pynn, who led a team of 20 military doctors supporting the London Ambulance Service transporting patients to NHS Nightingale Hospital in London, and the Wing commander Claire Collis who participated in the repatriation of British citizens from India and Pakistan.

“Whether you are a regular, a reservist, a civilian contractor, a veteran or the family and friends who support our armed forces in so many ways, we as a nation salute you,” said Mr. Johnson.

“We know that – day and night, at home and abroad, at sea, on land, in the air and even in space and online – our fantastic armed forces are there for us. ”

The Queen said in a statement: “Having served family members in each of the armed services, I know only too well the pride that service personnel take in their duty.

“As Commander-in-Chief, I extend my best wishes to all of you, your families and the entire military community. ”

Instead of the usual parades, military bands will commemorate the day with performances broadcast on the armed forces’ Facebook and Twitter pages, where backstage views of HMS Queen Elizabeth and red arrows of the Royal Navy will also be presented.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said, “The military community can’t celebrate in person this year, so we’re doing our best to show you on social media who our people are, what they do, and how. you can show your support. ”

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer also issued a statement thanking the military “for the role they play both at home and abroad”.

He intervenes while the party is launching its Friends of the Armed Forces program with the aim of “reopening work to the armed forces, their families and veterans across our country”.

The Department of Defense has already announced that Armed Forces Day next year will take place in Scarborough.

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Meanwhile, the Royal Navy has unveiled a new uniform for its Royal Marines on which, it says, its commandos “can count on the most hostile environments on Earth.”

It presents a new brand image, which includes the traditional badges worn by commandos during the Second World War, and is part of a desire to change the way the “Green Berets” work.

The new uniforms are not just an exercise in brand change.

After spending the past decades fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan alongside other infantry units, the Royal Marines are returning to their more traditional and specialized roles.

One who reaffirms their ties as a key component of the Royal Navy and as an elite fighting force. It’s no coincidence that the published images make them look more like special forces.

In addition to the new uniform and badge, they are seen wearing night vision goggles and using a Diemaco rifle favored by SAS and SBS, rather than the standard number SA80.

The Royal Marines also look to the past for inspiration. The new-looking patches are reminiscent of the daring raids of commandos during the Second World War.

This is how they see their future, alongside skills in amphibious assault and warfare in the Arctic.

With the defense budget under constant pressure, the costs of this transformation will be relatively modest.

The Royal Navy has a much harder time figuring out how to pay for new ships, aircraft and submarines.

And for the Royal Marines, who are proud of the innovation, it may just help secure their future in any discussion of more defense reductions.

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