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What is Otterburn training area?

The shooting base is in a remote part of Northumberland National Park - the MoD own part of the park and use it as a military training area.

Otterburn Training Area was first established in 1911 as an artillery range, and training takes place seven days a week and for most of the year.

58,000
acres is the size of the whole training area
29,000
acres is the size of the firing exercise training area
  • There are two main live firing range areas, at Otterburn and Redesdale, for artillery, demolitions, all infantry weapons and restricted armoured vehicle firing.
  • Fighter aircraft and attack helicopters also practise ground attack firing, and there are parachute dropping zones.
  • Live firing ranges provide facilities for weapons from 5.56mm calibre small arms to artillery and 30mm guns on armoured reconnaissance vehicles.

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Homecoming parade for Military Medics in York

Military Medics from the world-famous military field hospital in Afghanistan will parade through York today, 22nd November 2014 for a homecoming and medals parade.

Over 200 medics from 65 units in all three Armed Forces will attend a Thanksgiving Service in York Minster.

A military parade through York earlier this year. Credit: PA

Following the service, the military medics will parade on Duncombe Place where 80 Operational Service medals will be presented by Director General of the Army Medical Services, Major General Jeremy Rowan OBE QHS and the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Ian Gillies.

Led by the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps, the parade will march down Parliament Street and return via Coney Street where the salute will be taken by Major General Rowan accompanied by the Lord Mayor of York on the steps of the Mansion House.

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15 North Yorkshire soldiers sentenced after Kenya protest

The soldiers were based at Catterick Garrison. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

15 soldiers based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire have been jailed for staging a sit-in protest while on a training exercise in Kenya.

A court martial heard that the men took the action to demonstrate against being led by commanders they described as "muppets".

The men were serving with the 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and sat on the floor when ordered to stand to attention.

All the soldiers pleaded guilty to disobeying a lawful command and were given sentences of between 40 and 60 days.

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