More than 300 British peacekeepers recently patrolled local towns and villages. Here’s what that looked like…

Boots on the ground is key to this operation.

The patrol helped the peacekeepers understand the problems and security concerns within local areas.

Their presence also helped to reassure the local population that the United Nations is here to help. Finally, it will deter any terrorist activity.

📸 Take a look at what a 28-day patrol in Mali looks like👇


Junior Soldiers from Harrogate’s Army Foundation College planted six Magnolia trees to launch a Royal green initiative across the country.

Junior Soldiers from Harrogate’s Army Foundation College acted as gardeners to help to launch the Queen’s Green Canopy. This is a campaign to “plant a tree for the Jubilee,” marking Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne.

The project will create a network of trees, avenues, copses and woodlands in honour of the Platinum Jubilee. The Queen has planted more than 1,500 trees all over the world during her reign and has spoken alongside Sir David Attenborough of the importance of trees in Earth’s future.


An image taken on Exercise Strike Warrior.
An image taken on Exercise Strike Warrior.

Running for two weeks, Strike Warrior 21 brings together allied forces in the largest and most demanding military exercise to date

Exercise Strike Warrior involves more than 20 warships, three submarines and 150 aircraft from 11 nations and is a final test for the Carrier Strike Group ahead of its first operational deployment to the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and the Asia Pacific.


Nathan is currently deployed as part of the Cyprus Joint Police Unit in Episkopi Garrison. Over the past few years, he has dealt with mental health issues triggered by his wife’s PTSD, following the traumatic birth of their twin daughters, Charlotte and Millie, in 2016.

Whilst away on my third deployment to Iraq, Afghanistan and Oman, I suffered with my own mental health issues. I dealt with anxiety and helplessness and this is because my wife was diagnosed with PTSD resulting from the birth of our twins.

After their 10-week premature birth, the twins were in and out of hospital every month and there were times when we feared that Charlotte, in particular, might not make it, but thankfully our family were fairly close by to support us.


Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin, presented winners from HM Naval Base, Portsmouth with their Defence Sustainable Business and Low Carbon Sanctuary Awards 2020 during a recent visit to the base.
Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin, presented winners from HM Naval Base, Portsmouth with their Defence Sustainable Business and Low Carbon Sanctuary Awards 2020 during a recent visit to the base.
Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin, presented winners from HM Naval Base in Portsmouth with their Defence Sustainable Business and Low Carbon Sanctuary Awards 2020 during a recent visit to the base.

As the UK prepares to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UN COP26) in November this year, we take a look at the role that Defence is playing in reducing carbon emissions and supporting net zero targets.

Why climate change is relevant to Defence

The world’s climate affects us all. For our Armed Forces, this means a changing landscape in which they have to operate, presenting challenges such as extreme weather conditions.

The UK is building on a record as a climate and sustainability leader, and this year we will host the UN COP26. We are the first major economy to pass laws to achieve net…


A COVID test is processed.
A COVID test is processed.

Join our five guests as they talk about the role of the Armed Forces in response to the COVID-19 pandemic both at home and abroad in the latest episode of our podcast, Fancy a Brew?

☕️ It’s podcast time!

Grab yourself a brew and join Lieutenant General Sir Tyrone Urch, Lieutenant Jonathan, Lance Corporal Dirgha, Lieutenant Fabian and Flying Officer Eleanor and learn more about what life is like on Operation RESCRIPT.

Haven’t listened to the episode yet? Make sure to tune in here:👇

What is Operation RESCRIPT?

Operation RESCRIPT is the codename for the military response to COVID-19 in the UK. It is the biggest ever homeland military operation in peacetime.

On 23 March 2020, the UK went into a national lockdown to suppress the threat of COVID-19. What most people don’t know is that planning for the pandemic began a lot before this date under the name Operation RESCRIPT. …


Military personnel standing in formation
Military personnel standing in formation

Over the past week the Armed Forces have commemorated HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s life of service and close relationship with the military

On Friday 9 April HRH The Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle, aged 99. The Duke served in the Royal Navy until 1952 when he became consort to Her Majesty The Queen, and continued to maintain a close relationship with the Armed Forces throughout his life.

Friday 9 April: Lowering flags and paying tribute

Following the announcement of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s passing by Buckingham Palace, flags were lowered to half mast at the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall and at UK military installations and Her Majesty’s Ships across the world.


Image of a Royal Marines Bearer Party, seen here with the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin on the Steps of St George’s Chapel, in Windsor castle.
Image of a Royal Marines Bearer Party, seen here with the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin on the Steps of St George’s Chapel, in Windsor castle.

Today, the funeral for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh took place in Windsor, with the world being able to watch live on TV and radio to take part in mourning

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully at Windsor on 09 April aged 99. Over the past week, the UK Armed Forces have paid their respects across the world to mark his passing.

HRH had a close relationship with the Armed Forces throughout his life, serving in the Royal Navy until 1952 before becoming consort to Her Majesty The Queen.

More than 700 members of the UK Armed Forces, from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force will provide ceremonial support at the funeral.

This includes units with a special relationship with The Duke of…


Funeral preparations take place for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Funeral preparations take place for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Members of the UK Armed Forces have been preparing for the funeral of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh that is taking place on Saturday

On Saturday 17 April at 2:40pm, the coffin will emerge from the State Entrance of Windsor Castle into the Quadrangle, followed by the members of the Royal Family who will be walking in the procession. All those in the Quadrangle will give the coffin a Royal Salute before the coffin is placed onto the Land Rover.

The Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force will all have a part to play in the funeral. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh served in the Royal Navy until 1952 where he became consort to Her Majesty The Queen. …


An image of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Credit: iwm.org.uk
An image of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Credit: iwm.org.uk
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Philip Mountbatten had a busy career with the Royal Navy, serving during the Second World War, eventually leaving in 1952 to become consort to Her Majesty The Queen

A young Philip Mountbatten began his Navy career in May 1939 at the age of 17 years old, joining the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth as a Special Entry Naval Cadet for training, following in the footsteps of his paternal grandfather and uncles. It was at Dartmouth Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth first noticed Philip.

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