Armed Forces Day celebrated

One hundred and twenty sailors will parade through Portsmouth later in celebration of Armed Forces Day.

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Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day

Sailors in the operations room on HMS Kent Credit: Royal Navy

Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day in the operations room of one of the Royal Navy's front-line frigates, these are the sailors of HMS Kent - currently chasing down pirates and working with other counter narcotics and counter terrorism forces in the Indian Ocean.

The Portsmouth-based frigate is the latest RN warship to join the international effort to protect shipping and keep the sea lanes open.

Right now the Type 23 warship is patrolling one of the most the most dangerous waterways in the world off the Horn of Africa - waters dubbed by the media as ‘Pirate Alley’.

The Kent team - 200 sailors, Fleet Air Arm air and ground crew plus their Merlin helicopter, and a detachment of Royal Marines Commandos leading boarding operations - had hoped to fly the AFD flag from their sea boats, but sea conditions ruled that out.

Arctic medals given to veterans in Portsmouth

Now they've waited 70 years to receive their medals and today at a special ceremony marking armed forces day, 25 veterans of the Arctic Convoys were honoured.

The Arctic Star medals were due to be sent out in the post but many felt this was no way to recognise the efforts of those who've endured so much.

Kerry Swain reports.

Kerry Swain spoke to Alec Penstone, Ann Briggs and the Leader of Portsmouth City Council Gerald Vernon-Jackson.

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Dan Snow unveils World War II exhibition in New Forest

Dan Snow unveils the exhibtion Credit: New Forest National Park Authority

TV presenter Dan Snow has opened a new exhibition showcasing the experiences of local people in the New Forest during the World War II.

Italian and German prisoners of war were put to work in the forest during the war, and the Dambuster squadron tested their bouncing bombs on land targets in the woodland.

The New Forest Remembers World War II exhibit is on display at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst.

Sailors parade in Portsmouth for Armed Forces Day

Sailors march through the center of Portsmouth Credit: Royal Navy

More 120 sailors have taken part in a parade in Portsmouth to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

Sailors from the Fareham training establishment HMS Collingwood formed the parade’s guard of honour and were joined by five platoons comprising personnel from the Naval Base, Fleet Diving Squadron, HMS Edinburgh, Defence College of Policing and Guarding.

Medics from the Queen Alexander Hospital also took part. The Army and RAF were also represented.

Sailors parade outside the Guildhall Credit: Royal Navy
Veterans from the Arctic Convoys were amongst those who received medals at the parade Credit: Royal Navy

Arctic Convoy veterans to receive medals today

Portsmouth will mark Armed Forces Day with a special presentation of Arctic Star medals for 25 Arctic Convoy veterans.

The ceremony has just begun in the Guildhall Square.

It is fitting on a day where we remember the vital role our armed forces make to our security and wellbeing, we present the Arctic Star medal to veterans of the Arctic Convoy who have waited so long for this recognition.

Mainly of the veterans received their medals in the post from the government, however we felt they deserved a special presentation.

Serving personnel and veterans will all be gathering for this special ceremony and parade.

– Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth City Council

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