Thousands of army posts set to be axed

The Ministry of Defence will set out the number of posts it will cut from the service in order to reduce the size of the Army by a fifth.

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Full Report: Father and son reunited on Afghanistan tour

A Squadron from RAF Leeming is preparing for its latest deployment to Afghanistan, and for one family from the region it is a more unusual occasion than usual.

Three of the Townsend family work for the same Signals Unit at the North Yorkshire air base.

As Sarah Townsend waves goodbye to her son, she will be welcoming home her husband who is returning from his four month tour of duty.

Watch the full report from Claire Montgomery below.

Lunchtime Report: Father and son reunited in Afghanistan

A Squadron from RAF Leeming is preparing for its latest deployment to Afghanistan and for one family, the tour of duty is more of an emotional occasion than usual.

Three of the family work for the same Signals Unit at the North Yorkshire air base.

Mother Sarah Townsend is waving goodbye to her son Ben, but will be welcoming home her husband in the next few days.

You can watch the lunchtime report from Claire Montgomery below.

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Soldier sure father "will show me all the ropes" in Afghanistan

Senior Aircraftman Ben Townsend is a communications technician. Along with his colleagues in 2 Squadron, 90 Signals Unit, they're in training for their tour in Afghanistan.

Ben will have extra advice at hand because his dad, Mark, is a Warrant Officer within the same Signals Unit and is already out in Afghanistan. Their paths will cross for a few days before his Dad heads home.

Ben's Squadron leaves next month and after his tour of duty, the Townsends will be reunited before Christmas.

Senior Aircraftman Ben Townsend is heading out to Afghanistan Credit: ITV News

"There is always a potential threat that something might happen, so if anything was to happen to us, then we always have to know that everyone is trained and your colleagues are at your back.

"It will be good. I am sure he will show me all the ropes when I am out there anyway but it will be nice to see him and catch up. Obviously we have only been in contact on the phone every now and then."

Full Report: Thousands of Army jobs axed

It has been another tough day for our armed forces as nearly 4500 redundancy notices were handed out in the latest round of government cuts.

It is the third wave of redundancies under plans to cut the regular Army's strength by 20 percent and double the number of reservists by 2018.

The Government says the job losses are unavoidable owing to the size of the defence debt it inherited.

You can watch the full report from Claire Montgomery below.

Full Report: TA numbers to double as Army jobs are axed

With plans to double the number of soldiers in the Territorial Army, business leaders in the North East are considering the impact the move will have on industry and the economy.

Julia Barthram has been speaking to James Ramsbotham - the Chief Executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce - who also served 12 years in the Army and is now Honorary Colonel of the TA Rifles.

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"We feel we have been harshly treated"

A former North Yorkshire Army major says he has been harshly treated by the government over Forces job cuts.

4,480 Army personnel are affected by the third round of redundancies announced today.

Chris Braithwaite, who served at Catterick Garrison, was made redundant in the second wave of cuts.

He says he has lost out on £200,000 because he was forced to leave just months before he completed 16 years' service.

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Latest round in job cuts as Govt aims to reduce Army

Today's announcement that 4,480 military personnel would be made redundant is the latest round in army job cuts.

  • Round 1: 920 military personnel lost their jobs with 28% of them compulsory.
  • Round 2: 2,880 military personnel were made redundant with 28% of them compulsory.
  • Round 3: 4,480 military personnel lost their jobs with 16% of them compulsory.

There will be four tranches of cuts as the Government aims to reduce the number of regular soldiers to 82,000 by 2018.

General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff, said the fourth round of army cuts would be less than the amount announced today.

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Army Chief: 'We owe sincere gratitude to those leaving'

General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff, said the Army owed "sincere gratitude" to those who have been made redundant today.

This redundancy scheme is a difficult but essential step towards our A2020 structure.

We owe our sincere gratitude to those leaving the Army for their service over such a demanding period of operations.

We will support them and their families as best we can on their path to civilian life.

Meanwhile we continue to need plenty of young and talented recruits to ensure the Army is fit to meet the challenges of the future.

– Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall
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Hammond: Army cuts regrettable but unavoidable

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “Today we have announced the third tranche of redundancies as we restructure the British Army to the size and configuration set out under the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

"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.”

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