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Defence Minister discusses Gosport's future

The new Defence Minister Anna Soubry MP will visit Gosport today to discuss key issues facing the area with MP Caroline Dinenage.

She will look at some of the key issues facing the area, such as the need to replace the Victorian Oil Fuel Depot for the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.

The visit will include a tour of the military and ex-military sites around the constituency and Gosport MP Caroline will then hold a brief meeting with the Minister to consider the potential of these sites.

I'm really grateful that the Minister has found time in her busy schedule to visit Gosport. I'm looking forward to taking her on a tour of the peninsula and hope that we can secure even more MoD support for our area.

Gosport's close links with defence are essential to its heritage and a number of exciting plans are currently being drawn up for some of our former military sites. I am also pleased to have the opportunity to discuss policies affecting serving personnel."

– Caroline Dinenage, Gosport MP
  1. Iain McBride

Statue unveiled to soldiers killed in Malay conflict

A statue to commemorate Kent soldiers who lost their lives in the Malayan conflict of the 1950s has been unveiled in Maidstone.

The memorial is also a tribute to armed service personnel who served in other campaigns after World War Two. It stands outside the town's museum next to a statue of a Gurkha soldier. Iain McBride reports.

The interviewees are Colonel Peter Bishop - President, Queen's Own Buffs Regimental Association and the sculptor Peter Birkett, who made the statue.


Sovereign parade underway at Sandhurst

The Sovereign parade taking place in Sandhurst Credit: ITV Meridian

The Sovereign parade is taking place today to mark the completion of a year's intensive military training.

More than 200 cadets have passed out from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst today.

HRH the Countess of Wessex represented the Queen at the traditional Sovereign's Parade which brings 44 weeks of training to an end.

The cadets will now join their new regiments but they will not become official 2nd Lieutenants until the stroke of midnight tonight.

  1. Sally Simmonds

Farewell to WWII Arctic Star Commander Eddie Grenfell

Friends and family gathered today for the funeral of a war veteran - described by the Prime Minister as a hero. Commander Eddie Grenfell - who was 93 - lobbied tirelessly for a medal to honour his comrades who kept suppies going to Russia during the Second World War.

The Government finally backed down and agreed to acknowledge the Arctic Convoy veterans last year and in March Commander Grenfell was presented with the medal he'd waited 70 years for. Sally Simmonds reports.

  1. Charlotte Wilkins

Remembering the British troops who fought in Korea

A memorial service has been held to remember British troops who lost their lives in the Korean War of the 1950s. The war between North and South Korea broke out in the aftermath of the Second World War - the two countries were divided by freedom and communism.

One hundred thousand British troops - many from our region - were drafted in to fight in the conflict. Now, sixty years since the bloody battle ended, the nations are still not at peace. Charlotte Wilkins report.


  1. Martin Dowse

See the Army's new £6m 'Terrier' vehicle in action

The Army has been showing off its newest and most advanced vehicle - a remote-controlled armoured digger.

Each 'Terrier' costs six million pounds to build, and weighs as much as 15 transit vans.

The vehicles are driven by using a video game-style controller, which means soldiers can carry out a number of tasks a safe distance away.

Our Correspondent, Martin Dowse, has been to Bovington Camp in Dorset to see 'The Terrier' in action.

The interviewees are: Colonel Simon Hulme, Assistant Director, Military Engineering Capability; and David Bond from BAE Systems.

  1. Martin Dowse

Army's new 'Terrier' armoured vehicle is state-of-the-art

The British Army has unveiled what it is calling the most sophisticated armoured vehicle ever developed. Troops have been demonstrating their latest bit of kit in Dorset.

The "Terrier" is a highly versatile engineering vehicle with a trick up its sleeve which is hoped will save lives. Martin Dowse reports.

The interviewee is Colonel Simon Hulme, Director of Military Engineering Capability.

The army's newest vehicle the 'Terrier' is unveiled

The Army has order sixty terrier vehicles for use in the UK and abroad Credit: UK Crown copyright

The British Army's newest vehicle is being tested in Dorset. The "Terrier" is a remote-controlled armoured digger weighing 30 tonnes. The Army says it will be a key part of the Royal Engineers' capability for decades to come.

The 'Terrier' is an armoured digger Credit: UK Crown copyright

Sixty terriers have been ordered as part of a £360m project with BAE Systems. The firm has designed and built the diggers in the UK.

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