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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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VIDEO: Region's soldiers told of job cuts

Thousands of soldiers have been finding out today whether they have lost their jobs in the latest round of Army redundancies. Nationally nearly 5,000 have been handed their redundancy notices.

Today's losses are the third instalment of job cuts arising from the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review. They have special significance here in the South especially at large garrison towns such as Aldershot and Tidworth. Penny Silvester reports on Salisbury Plain.

Army redundancies 'unavoidable'

It is with great regret that we have had to make redundancies to deliver the reduction in the size of the armed forces, but unfortunately they were unavoidable due to the size of the defence deficit that this Government inherited.

Although smaller, our armed forces will be more flexible and agile to reflect the challenges of the future with the protection and equipment they need.

They will continue to be the bedrock of our society and provide extremely rewarding and exciting careers for future recruits."

– Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary

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Army job cuts announced

Thousands of soldiers will learn today whether they have lost their jobs in the latest round of Army redundancies.

A fresh tranche of up to 5,300 Army personnel are to be handed redundancy notices as the Government tries to reduce the number of regulars to 82,000 by 2018.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the move was necessary to help balance the books but insisted operational capability would not be affected.

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