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7 novembre 2014 5 07 /11 /novembre /2014 08:45
Lt Col Farmer is the medical planner for the EU Military Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali).

Lt Col Farmer is the medical planner for the EU Military Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali).


Brussels - 21 October, 2014 European Defence Agency


Lt Col Alison Farmer was one of 75+ people attending a symposium in Brussels organised by the European Defence Agency (EDA) and EU Military Staff (EUMS) to discuss medical support for EU operations.


Lt Col Farmer is the medical planner for the EU Military Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali).  She has been a nurse within the British Army for almost 30 years, being deployed to Afghanistan, the Balkans, and a range of other countries.


Alison, what does EUTM Mali do and what is your role within it?

The aim of EUTM Mali is to contribute to the training and advice of the Malian Armed Forces (MaAF). The Mission began in February 2013, following the request of the Malian authorities (and UNSCR 2071), to help Malian troops overcome the insurgency in northern Mali.  More than 23 EU Member States have contributed military personnel to the mission to date.

As the Joint Medical Planner for the Mission, I am responsible for all aspects of medical support and advice in the Mission Area. Within my team of 3, we conduct planning to ensure all our medical assets (medical treatment facilities including Ground and Air MEDEVAC), can deliver continuous 24 hour care for EUTM MALI personnel. We also undertake health surveillance of our Population at Risk and health threats from the local environment.


What challenges do you face in Mali? What do you need to take into account when formulating medical plans?

The main one is that of logistics; the training of the MaAF takes place at different locations in southern Mali – so we implement a medical plan to mitigate against any possible incident at the sites. Our plan has to be robust to make sure we can medically evacuate a seriously injured casualty from the point of incident to our Role 2 within the 10-1-2 medical planning guidelines. This can be challenging considering the distances that we need to cover, and the infrastructure within Mali. We test all our plans through recces and by monthly medical exercises before the plans are agreed by the Mission Commander.


How does your team work? Do you work in separate national teams within the mission?

No, my team is multinational, and medical planning is conducted for the whole of the mission, not for a single nation; so for all French, German, Belgian, Spanish etc.; whichever Member State personnel are part of EUTM MALI.


What are the advantages and challenges of this multinational environment?

It’s a great opportunity to share our knowledge and experience with each other.  I see it as overwhelmingly positive; we all have different backgrounds and skills. We may have different approaches to the challenges we face, but our common goal in making the mission a success, gels our methods. Much of that is about information sharing and finding the best way to manage situations.


Lastly why are you here at the EU medical symposium? And have you found it a useful experience?

The EUMS medical advisor told me about the symposium. The event and the programme drew my attention, as the topics were broad and varied.  It’s also a great way of meeting those at strategic level and fellow planners from other missions to have a broader understanding of what else is going on.

I’ve really enjoyed the two days and have learnt a lot.  I have spoken to lots of people during the symposium which has opened up new information exchange areas. I’m looking forward to bring the information back and sharing it with my colleagues in EUTM MALI.

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9 octobre 2014 4 09 /10 /octobre /2014 17:35
Closing ceremony of Camp Bastion Memorial Wall


9 oct. 2014 Defence HQ


British sailors, soldiers and airmen have conducted a poignant vigil to mark the return of Camp Bastion’s memorial wall to the UK.

The memorial bore the names of all 453 UK personnel who have died on operations in Afghanistan and has been the focus for commemoration and reflection since it was erected.

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7 octobre 2014 2 07 /10 /octobre /2014 12:50
History of the British Army of the Rhine


7 oct. 2014 British Forces News

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1 octobre 2014 3 01 /10 /octobre /2014 07:50
Watchkeeper - Army's next generation of Unmanned Air System

30 sept. 2014  British Army


The Army’s next generation of Unmanned Air System (UAS) - Watchkeeper - is now fully operational in Afghanistan.

Gathering crucial information from the battlefield, Watchkeeper, which is unarmed, will provide UK troops with life-saving surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence. It will also give personnel on the ground greater situational awareness, helping to reduce the risk of threats.

Read the full story: http://www.army.mod.uk/news/26578.aspx

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30 septembre 2014 2 30 /09 /septembre /2014 17:50
Drone tactique : le Watchkeeper de Thales déployé en Afghanistan

Armement Le drone tactique Watchkeeper a effectué ses premiers vols opérationnels en Afghanistan


29/09/2014 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr


Fabriqué en partenariat entre Thales UK et le groupe israélien Elbit Systems, le drone Watchkeeper a effectué ce lundi ses premiers vols opérationnels en Afghanistan.


C'est une très bonne publicité pour Thales. Certainement la meilleure. Le ministère de la Défense britannique a annoncé ce lundi que le drone tactique Watchkeeper fabriqué en partenariat entre Thales UK et le groupe israélien Elbit Systems avait effectué ses premiers vols opérationnels en Afghanistan. D'autant que cette annonce survient alors que d'autres pays (France, Pologne...) évaluent le Watchkeeper pour répondre à leurs besoins en termes de drones tactiques.

Thales ne s'y est pas trompé en communiquant sur ce déploiement. "C'est une étape importante pour le ministère de la Défense britannique, pour Thales et plus largement pour l'industrie aéronautique européenne, a expliqué le patron de Thales UK, Victor Chavez. Elle a pu être franchie par l'obtention d'une certification de sécurité, ce qui est une première dans l'histoire des drones. Le système inclut un grand nombre d'innovations technologiques majeures. En particulier, son radar à ultra haute résolution et son système de décollage et d'atterrissage automatique offrent des capacités remarquablement efficaces à l'armée de terre britannique".


Mis en service en mars par le MoD

En mars dernier, le ministère de la Défense britannique (MoD) et l'Autorité de l'aviation militaire (MAA) ont autorisé la mise en service de ce système développé par Thales pour l'armée britannique. Watchkeeper est certifié au même niveau de sécurité que les avions pilotés, avait alors assuré Thales dans un communiqué. Selon Thales, Watchkeeper qui est le "premier drone à obtenir une autorisation de mise en service" est "également le seul de sa catégorie à avoir la permission de voler dans l'espace aérien britannique".

Le Watchkeeper est un système multi-capteurs tout-temps qui peut fournir 24 heures sur 24 une capacité de renseignement, de surveillance et de reconnaissance, n'importe où dans le monde, assure Thales.

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30 septembre 2014 2 30 /09 /septembre /2014 15:35
Thales welcomes Watchkeeper operations for British Army in Afghanistan


September 29, 2014 Thales Group
Key points
  • Watchkeeper begins operations in Afghanistan.
  • Providing information, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) support and protection for British forces.
  • Major milestone for Europe’s leading tactical UAV.


The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) today announced the first operational flights in Afghanistan of Thales’s unmanned air system, Watchkeeper.

Commenting on the announcement, Victor Chavez, CEO of Thales UK, said: "It is a proud moment for everyone at Thales to receive the great news that Watchkeeper is operational in Afghanistan, supporting and protecting British forces on the ground. It is an important milestone for the MOD, Thales and the wider European aerospace industry, made possible by its ground-breaking safety certification. The system embodies a number of major technological innovations including ultra-high resolution, multi-modal radar and automatic take-off and landing to deliver an outstandingly effective military capability for the British Army.”

The news comes as other countries assess Watchkeeper for their tactical unmanned requirements.

Thales is the prime contractor for Watchkeeper. The programme has established the company as a leader in unmanned air systems, setting new benchmarks in safety. Watchkeeper secured the first Statement of Type Design Assurance from the Military Aviation Authority for an unmanned air system, a critical step to ensure the best in class system. Watchkeeper was given a Release To Service (RTS) in March 2014.

Thales has also delivered a new comprehensive training capability based at MOD Larkhill and Boscombe Down, and has helped to establish Aberporth, West Wales as a leading UAV Testing Centre in Europe.

Watchkeeper is a dual sensor, all-weather system that can provide round-the-clock intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, anywhere in the world.


“Watchkeeper is the first Unmanned Air System developed and built in the UK to become operational and will be a significant surveillance and reconnaissance capability for the Army for years to come. There is no doubt that it will prove to be a battle-winning technology. Watchkeeper will provide real-time information for troops conducting operations on the ground, allowing them to understand better and thereby overcome threats they may face. ”

Michael Fallon, British Defence Secretary

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29 septembre 2014 1 29 /09 /septembre /2014 11:50
British Army’s new Foxhound all-terrain vehicle


22 sept. 2014 British Army


The British Army’s new Foxhound all-terrain vehicle is put through its paces. Designed and built in Britain, the Foxhound has been tested in action out in Afghanistan and is set to become one of the mainstay vehicles within the UK forces. With unprecedented levels of blast protection for its size and weight, it has been designed to provide the highest levels of protection for our troops.

Read more about Foxhound

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21 septembre 2014 7 21 /09 /septembre /2014 16:50
Operation Market Garden commemorated 70 years on

21 sept. 2014 British Army


This weekend sees the 70th anniversary commemorations of Operation Market Garden, one of the most notable military operations of World War Two, being held at Arnhem in the Netherlands.

Airborne forces of the British, Dutch, Polish and US and veterans of the battle, many of whom were captured by the Germany Army, have come together to honour those who fell on the battlefield.

On Friday evening thousands of Arnhem residents and visitors gave grateful thanks to the British and Polish veterans at a memorial service held at the Airborne Memorial known as the Bear Pit, in central Arnhem.

Seventy British and 13 Polish veterans returned to the memorial near the John Frost Bridge, alongside other British, Polish and Dutch veterans, to receive thanks from the people of Holland for their bravery and the sacrifice of their comrades who never came home.

On Saturday morning, as soon as the fog cleared, hundreds of British Paratroopers from 3 PARA, 4 PARA, 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Artillery, 23 Engineer Regiment, 13 Air Assault Regiment RLC, 16 Medical Regiment and HQ 16 Air Assault Brigade jumped alongside soldiers from the US, the Netherlands and Poland.

Twelve C130 Hercules aircraft from four nations and the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s DC3 Dakota were on standby for the commemorative drops.

On Sunday 5,000 are anticipated to attend a memorial service at the Arnhem War Cemetery in Oosterbeek.

Watch this report by David Wood of ITV; filmed in Arnhem with the Army News Team, featuring Major Will Hunt OC A Company, 2 PARA

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18 septembre 2014 4 18 /09 /septembre /2014 16:50
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon meeting soldiers at Tidworth [Picture: Richard Watt, UK MoD]

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon meeting soldiers at Tidworth [Picture: Richard Watt, UK MoD]


17 September 2014 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP


Michael Fallon has visited British troops due to deploy on a major training exercise with NATO partner Poland.


Exercise Black Eagle is a significant demonstration of the UK’s support to the region, as the UK continues to play a leading role in delivering NATO’s measures to reassure eastern allies.

Troops from the UK have engaged in a series of exercises on eastern allied territory, the largest of which is Exercise Black Eagle, where around 1,300 troops will train with their Polish counterparts from 10th Armoured Brigade.

Speaking at the visit the Defence Secretary said:

I think it’s important for NATO forces to be seen to exercise together. We are stepping up the scale of these exercises, so there are more of them, they are more continuous, they are of a larger scale and they involve more and more forces from across NATO.

That’s what’s important. To show that NATO members are working together to carry out their responsibilities to defend each other from any kind of aggression.

Soldier shows Michael Fallon his weapon
A soldier from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh shows Michael Fallon one of the weapons he will be using on the exercise [Picture: Richard Watt, Crown copyright]

Members of the King’s Royal Hussars and 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh met the Defence Secretary to demonstrate the vehicles and equipment they will operate on Exercise Black Eagle.

The Defence Secretary said:

There is huge enthusiasm here for the task that they are being sent on. This is one of the most important allied exercises for years which will help reassure and demonstrate our commitment to our eastern allies. That’s what they train for, and that is what they are ready for.

Lieutenant Colonel Justin Kingsford, commanding officer of the King’s Royal Hussars, said:

This was a great opportunity to show the capabilities and readiness of this battle group. Most soldiers in my battle group returned from Afghanistan about 2 years ago, so in many ways our very intense training in Canada was the culmination of 2 years’ worth of getting back onto these complex armoured vehicles.

Although we are still committed in Afghanistan, there are significant parts of the Army concentrating on contingency operations, like training for conventional war in armoured vehicles, and we are looking forward to getting out to Poland to train alongside the Polish 10th Armoured Brigade.

Michael Fallon and Sergeant Simon Ashton
Sergeant Simon Ashton from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh explaining the Warrior armoured fighting vehicle to Michael Fallon [Picture: Richard Watt, Crown copyright]

The King’s Royal Hussars make up a large part of the deploying battle group alongside 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh. Over 100 armoured vehicles and 250 other vehicles will make up the deployment, including vehicles such as the Challenger 2 main battle tank and the Warrior armoured fighting vehicle.

Alongside these exercises, the UK is currently providing Sentry E3-D aircraft to NATO’s Baltic air policing mission and between May and August deployed 4 Typhoons to support the mission. The UK also participated in BALTOPS, a major allied maritime exercise in the Baltic.

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18 septembre 2014 4 18 /09 /septembre /2014 10:50
Bilan de la Staff-ride 2014

18 sept. 2014Armée de Terre


Les forces britanniques, dans le cadre des commémorations du centenaire de la première guerre mondiale, ont organisé un séminaire d’étude et de mémoire des principaux champs de bataille du front Ouest, sous forme de Staff-ride. Le but de cet événement, organisé du 7 au 12 septembre en collaboration avec le commandement des forces terrestres de Lille, était d’honorer la mémoire des combattants de la Grande Guerre mais aussi de tirer des leçons du ce conflit et de renforcer le lien franco-britannique.

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15 septembre 2014 1 15 /09 /septembre /2014 16:50
British Troops Finish Training Exercise With French 15.09.14

15 sept. 2014 British Forces News


Soldiers from 11 Signal Brigade are reaching the end of their three day exercise in France. 37 Signal Regiment is in Douai, training alongside the French Army's 41 Regiment de Transmissions. Jessie Phillips reports from Northern France.

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15 septembre 2014 1 15 /09 /septembre /2014 16:35
21 Brave Sikh Soldiers of Saragarhi Honoured 15.09.14

15 sept. 2014 British Forces News


In 1897 21 Sikh soldiers defended a British Army post against 10,000 Afghan Tribesman. They fought to the death defending the post in Tirah, now in modern day Pakistan. The soldiers have been honoured at Sandhurst where Victoria Smith reports from.

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14 septembre 2014 7 14 /09 /septembre /2014 11:20
Star-studded arrival for HMS Argyll in Baltimore

12 sept. 2014 Royal Navy

As Argyll entered the harbour sailing under Key Bridge there was an impressive 21 gun salute between the ship and Fort McHenry, honouring the work of Francis Scott Key who witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the Royal Navy in 1814.

Those events in 1814 have prompted the Star Spangled Spectacular – seven days of firework displays, concerts, air shows, tall ships and three dozen warships from the host nation plus its many friends and allies around the world with HMS Argyll representing the UK. #starspangled200

As well as the gun salute, the frigate was serenaded alongside by the 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums – the oldest infantry battalion in the British Army – to the sound of cheers from crowd that had gathered to welcome the ship to their city.

Read more: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-...

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9 septembre 2014 2 09 /09 /septembre /2014 11:50
The 9th/12th Royal Lancers revisit First World War battlefields


08.09.2014 British Army


Stepping back into history the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s) (9th/12th Lancers) who are based in Hohne, Germany have retraced the footsteps of their forebear Regiments on the First World War battlefields.


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8 septembre 2014 1 08 /09 /septembre /2014 16:50
le FRES SV (crédits General Dynamics)

le FRES SV (crédits General Dynamics)


4 septembre, 2014 Guillaume Belan


A la veille du sommet de l’OTAN qui va se dérouler à Newport, près de Cardiff, le Ministère britannique de la Défense vient de passer commande auprès de General Dynamics pour 589 véhicules blindés Scout SV (Specialist Vehicle), un énorme contrat d’un montant de 4,4 milliards d’euros. Les livraisons à la British Army doivent intervenir entre 2017 et 2024. Cette commande est la concrétisation et marque le lancement de la production du futur blindé britannique chenillé. Il fait suite à la sélection en 2010 de GD qui s’est vu accorder le contrat de développement pour ce nouveau véhicule dans le cadre du programme de modernisation de l’armée terre britannique FRES (Future Rapid Effect System). Le Scout SV est le futur char médian de la cavalerie britannique. Il s’agit d’une plateforme blindée qui sera dérivée en plusieurs configurations: poste de commandement, reconnaissance, ambulance, dépanneur, véhicule du génie… Il s’agit en quelques sorte de l’EBRC britannique. 245 de ces véhicules Scout SV seront armés de la tourelle de 40 mm CTAI (JV entre BAe et Nexter). Ce contrat marque donc le lancement de la production du nouveau calibre téléscopé franco-britannique, qui armera également l’EBRC (Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance au Combat) français, successeur des chars ERC90 Sagaie et AMX10RC, qui doit être lancé bientôt. Les munitions seront réalisées par BAe pour le Scout et Nexter pour l’EBRC.


Le futur blindé de combat britannique enfin lancé

Pour mémoire le programme FRES est l’équivalent britannique du programme français Scorpion et concerne près de 4000 véhicules de différents types. Le MoD souhaite également un véhicule blindé de combat d’infanterie (FRES UV), pour lequel, le VBCI français est en lice..

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8 septembre 2014 1 08 /09 /septembre /2014 11:50
£3.5 billion contract for new fighting vehicle

8 sept. 2014 defenceheadquarters


Minister for Defence Equipment, Support & Technology Philip Dunne talks about a new MOD contract is to deliver 589 new armoured fighting vehicles. Known as Scout specialist vehicles they will be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the British Army on the battlefields of the future.

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8 septembre 2014 1 08 /09 /septembre /2014 07:50
NATO exercise culminates in daring helicopter assaults

5 sept. 2014 British Army


Eighty British troops have combined forces with other NATO allies in a series of day and night assaults. The purpose of the operation, part of Exercise SABRE JUNCTION, was to destroy a simulated enemy radar site.

Flying into action in US Chinooks and Black Hawk helicopters, troops from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment carried out the assault in tandem with other attacks against simulated enemy airfields across several East European countries.

Exercise SABRE JUNCTION is part of a wider NATO exercise and one of a host of immediate assurance measures designed to reassure NATO allies in the region. It follows UK deployment of Typhoon aircraft to the Baltic Air Policing Mission. More than 1,300 troops from the Lead Armoured Battle Group will deploy to Poland for Exercise BLACK EAGLE in October.

Major Dave Jones, the Officer Commanding the Duke of Lancaster’s troops on the exercise, said:

“This helicopter-borne night attack is the culmination of a terrific exercise in which we have learnt to operate intimately with US infantry and air cavalry. My soldiers have risen to the challenge of operating in a multinational environment, and it’s exciting to be involved in an exercise that is designed not only to improve our operating capability but also reassure our NATO allies.”

The annual exercise is held across Germany, Latvia and Poland, and this year includes around 5,000 personnel from the USA, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovenia – together with NATO Partnership for Peace nations Sweden, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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5 septembre 2014 5 05 /09 /septembre /2014 07:50
Computer generated Imagery of the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle


3 sept. 2014 defenceheadquarters

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2 septembre 2014 2 02 /09 /septembre /2014 11:35
1st Queens Dragoon Guards in Afghanistan


28 août 2014 British Army


The Commanding Officer from the 1st Queens Dragoon Guards talks about their role as the last Welsh combat unit on the NATO mission in Afghanistan, and the legacy the NATO troops have left for the Afghan people.

Video created by NATO TV http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/v...

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2 septembre 2014 2 02 /09 /septembre /2014 11:35
Behind the lens of a photographer in Afghanistan (Slideshow)

29 août 2014 British Army


This slideshow shows Cpl Dan Wiepen, a photographer from the Combat Camera Team, in action in Afghanistan. See how he lines up and takes each shot juxtaposed with the resulting photos that you see on our page.

Find out more about the Logistic and Support Photographers: https://www.army.mod.uk/rolefinder/ro...

Photos by Cpl Dan Wiepen, Sgt Lu Scott and SSgt Duncan Campbell

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 12:50
Royal Wessex Yeomanry Put Tank Skills to the Test

11 août 2014 British Forces News


The Royal Wessex Yeomanry have been training with Challenger 2 tanks as part of an exercise on Salisbury Plain. Hannah Gurney was there with an aerial camera...

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 16:50
QinetiQ wins £33m military simulation contract


10 Aug 2014 By Alan Tovey - telegraph.co.uk


Defence technology group QinetiQ agrees five-year deal to train soliders and pilots in virtual world


Defence and technology company QinetiQ is enabling air force pilots and army commanders to train together in a virtual battlefield – even though they might be thousands of miles apart in real life.

The company has agreed a five-year, £33m deal that will allow airmen and soldiers to practise working together in simulators before being deployed abroad.

The system – at the Air Battlespace Training Centre at RAF Waddington in Lincoln – links together aircraft simulators, ground forces’ control tents and even individual troops so they can train on working in combined operations.

The virtual set-up allows commanders in the simulated headquarters to co-ordinate airstrikes in real-time with troops on the virtual battlefield calling in the jets, which are being flown by pilots in simulators. This means they can learn how to carry out complex procedures and potentially dangerous operations without the risk of harm if they make an error.


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8 août 2014 5 08 /08 /août /2014 16:35
Faces on the Frontline

8 août 2014 British Army


Portraits of British Army soldiers and officers on Operation HERRICK in Afghanistan, captured by Army Photographer Corporal Daniel Wiepen.

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15 juillet 2014 2 15 /07 /juillet /2014 07:35
Scenic Afghanistan: Sunsets, scenes and silhouettes


14 juil. 2014 British Army


Sunsets, scenes and silhouettes from Afghanistan have been captured in this slideshow by Army photographer Corporal Daniel Wiepen, who is currently deployed to document Operation HERRICK.

To find out how to become an Army photographer

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11 juillet 2014 5 11 /07 /juillet /2014 13:50
UK's New Armour Reinforcement Regiment Officially Launched


07.07.14 British Forces News


The UK's new Armour Reinforcement Regiment has been officially launched in Bovington. The Royal Wessex Yeomanry with it's squadrons in Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire will be the only reserve unit in the Army's reaction force.

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