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Troops pay tribute at Salisbury Cathedral

A service took place in Salisbury Cathedral today to mark the return - from Afghanistan - of the 1st Mechanised Brigade based in Wiltshire.

The brigade's main role while on tour was to support and train members of the Afghan Army and Police. As Martin Dowse reports - today was also a chance for the soldiers to remember those who didn't make it back.

Tributes paid to Lance Corporal Brynin

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Purves, Royal Signals, Commanding Officer 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), said:

“Bright and engaging, Lance Corporal Brynin was immensely popular and an outstanding soldier in every respect. Having already completed one tour to Afghanistan, his appointment to support the Brigade Reconnaissance Force was indicative of his talent and leadership qualities.

He was fit, determined and genuinely wanted to make a difference. His selection for promotion to full Corporal earlier this year highlighted his flair for his chosen profession.

“Full of energy and an avid fan of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, he was also involved in every aspect of Regimental life.

Always seeking excellence, he aspired to attend pre-parachute selection on his return fromAfghanistan; his quality was such that I am confident he would have passed with flying colours.


Soldier died protecting civilians and comrades

In a statement just released, the MOD says he died during an operation in the early hours of 15 October, when the BRF deployed from Camp Bastion into the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province.

They were deployed to counter an imminent threat to both the Afghan population and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Towards the end of the operation Lance Corporal Brynin’s section became the target of enemy fire.

Together with a sniper and machine gunner of the BRF, Lance Corporal Brynin returned fire, but while extracting from the area he received a fatal gunshot wound.

Soldier killed in Afghanistan from Sussex

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that Lance Corporal James Brynin of the Intelligence Corps, who was killed in action in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, 15 October 2013, came from Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex.

Lance Corporal Brynin, was attached to 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), and was deployed to Task Force Helmand in August 2013 as an intelligence analyst. He was working for a Light Electronic Warfare Team (LEWT) within the Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) of 7th Armoured Brigade.

Military partners can get careers training and advice

Video. When soldiers leave the army, it is often difficult for them to adjust to their new life. But it can also be a tricky time for their partners, some of whom will have put their own careers on hold because of constant re-deployment around the world.

Now a Kent based charity has been given a grant of £250,000 to give careers advice and training to soldiers' spouses. David Johns reports.

War medals of 'great sentimental value' stolen

Police are appealing for witnesses after a number of army medals were stolen from a home in Weymouth.

As well as the medals being stolen, a purple mountain bike, laptop, satellite navigation system and cash were also stolen from the property.

Constable Andy Dickinson, of Weymouth Police said, "This callous act has occurred while the owner was away on holiday, and he has returned to find a quantity of personal items stolen as well as war medals of great sentimental value.

"These medals were given to the victim for good service in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and long service awards."

The incident happened at a house in Verne Road in the Rodwell area of Weymouth, between the 15th and 26th of September.


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.

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.

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