Archive for January, 2014

Row2Recovery crew claims third place

Posted on: January 28th, 2014 by Simon No Comments

Four service personnel have completed the world’s toughest rowing race – the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The Row2Recovery crew of 2 amputee and 2 able-bodied soldiers set off on 3 December last year to row an epic 3,000 miles across the Atlantic. After an exhausting 48 days, 9 hours and 13 minutes at sea the […]

Paratroopers strengthen French connection

Posted on: January 27th, 2014 by Simon No Comments

23 January 2014 British paratroopers and their French Foreign Legion counterparts have been training together as they build a closer working relationship. Colchester-based B Company of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) has been working alongside 2e Regiment Etranger de Parachutistes (2e REP) at their base on the rugged island of Corsica.   Survival […]

Royal Engineers help with disaster relief

Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by Simon No Comments

A small team of Royal Engineers is helping the people of the Philippines rebuild their lives after the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. A troop of 30 men from 24 Commando Engineer Regiment is on board HMS Illustrious as she delivers life sustaining provisions to people in the worst affected areas. A part of 3 Commando Brigade, […]

Army recruitment a ‘big challenge’

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by Simon No Comments

Army recruitment is a “big challenge” the defence secretary has said, as the Army launched a £3m campaign to boost regular and reserve forces. Philip Hammond said the purpose of the campaign, titled “More than meets the eye”, was to “dispel the myth” that the Army is not recruiting. The new drive comes as the […]

Foreign Secretary rejects allegations of torture

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by Simon No Comments

William Hague has dismissed a bid to trigger prosecutions of British politicians and senior military figures over alleged war crimes in Iraq. The Foreign Secretary said there was no need for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate allegations of UK forces abusing and killing detainees in their custody. There had been no “systematic” torture […]

From Hadron to Herrick

Posted on: January 13th, 2014 by Simon No Comments

A former CERN particle physicist is serving in Afghanistan as a force protection troop leader in the British Army. Who would have ever guessed that the legacy left behind in Afghanistan by the British Army may well include top-notch science education for the students of Kabul? If it does, it might be down to Lieutenant […]

Two Kidnapped Crewmen Released Off Nigeria

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by Simon No Comments

A Ukrainian captain and Greek engineer who were kidnapped from their ship by pirates off the Nigerian coast last month have been released, the Greek coast guard said on Wednesday. Armed pirates attacked the Marshall Islands-flagged MT ALTHEA oil products tanker around 35 nautical miles off the coast of Akwa Ibom state on Dec. 16, robbing more than […]

Yorks Reservists’ mission to Uganda

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by Simon No Comments

A team of Army Reservists and full time soldiers put their Christmas shopping on hold to help prepare Ugandan troops for a forthcoming mission in Somalia. Around 30 soldiers, led by Reservists of the 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS), spent 11 days in the equatorial heat and humidity of East Africa testing the […]

New £2 coin commemorates centenary of First World War

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by Simon No Comments

A new coin for 2014 that commemorates the centenary of the First World War has been produced by the Royal Mint. It is part of a raft of new coins each marking British anniversaries including a 50 pence piece commemorating the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year. The coin marking the outbreak of the First […]

Dakar 2014 challenge for injured soldiers

Posted on: January 6th, 2014 by Simon No Comments

04 January 2014 A group of severely injured soldiers who made history as the first disabled rally team to enter and complete the Dakar rally in 2013, are set to compete in this year’s race – one of the toughest races in the world – which begins tomorrow in Rosario, Argentina. The Race2Recovery team is made up of 16 […]