On Saturday, 12 January, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, spoke to President François Hollande of France about how the UK can support French military assistance being provided to the Malian government to contain rebel and extremist groups in the north of the country. As a result of this, the UK has offered, at French request, 2 transport aircraft to help quickly transport foreign troops and equipment to the West African country.
UK to provide logistical military assistance to Mali
The Prime Minister told Parliament that UK forces would shift from mentoring Afghan troops at battalion level to brigade level next year.
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Prime Minister announces reduction in UK troop numbers in Afghanistan
In Parliament today, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, welcomed the conclusion of the second part of Sir John Holmes’ review into the rules and principles governing the award of military campaign medals. As part of his review, which was requested by Mr Cameron, Sir John Holmes has recommended new medals for veterans of the Arctic Convoys and Bomber Command Second World War campaigns. The Prime Minister has agreed that there is a case for the new medals.
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Recognition for veterans of Arctic Convoys and Bomber Command
Introduction Thank you Lord Hutton for your kind introduction. It is good to see so many friends and colleagues here and may I take the opportunity to thank you all for your strong support to the Armed Forces
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Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards speech to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), 17 December 2012
Rochdale Borough Council has formally committed itself to doing all it can to help former Service personnel in the borough in recognition of the huge sacrifices that members of the Armed Forces and their families make for the country.
Rochdale Borough Council signs Armed Forces Community Covenant