Friday, 20 December 2013

RAF Voyager spreads its wings to bring home troops for Christmas

Service personnel returning home from Afghanistan this Christmas are the first to fly all the way from Camp Bastion to Brize Norton on board the RAF’s new... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF flies Father Christmas and his elves to the children at Alder Hey Hospital

A helicopter crew from 60(R) Sqn of the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury assisted the RAF Careers Office in Liverpool by flying Father Christmas, his elves and lots of presents into the Alder Hey... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Service Widows must choose 'Love or Pension'

It has been reported that the government has rejected calls to allow widows to keep their pensions if they remarry. The Forces Pension Society said: "Bad tidings and... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 19 December 2013

RAF fly to Sudan to evacuate British Nationals

A RAF C-17 is on its way to South Sudan, after the UK Government took the decision to offer evacuation to British nationals in the country. The aircraft left RAF Brize Norton earlier today, and will pick up people from... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Further funding for pupils with parents in the Armed Forces

The Rt Hon David Laws MP has announced the continuation of the Service Pupil Premium. He said:  "We are continuing to support children with parents in the armed forces through the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Movers working round the clock to recover kit

RAF movers are transporting thousands of tonnes of military equipment out of Afghanistan every month as UK forces draw down and Afghan units take the lead in security operations. In one month RAF logistics experts at... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Christmas Message from the Chief of the Air Staff

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andy Pulford delivers his Christmas message to the RAF via YouTube... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Gary Barlow on his Journey to Afghanistan - Monday ITV

Gary Barlow's trip to Afghanistan in Oct is to be screened on ITV on Mon. Using those on base Gary Barlow put a band together for his performance. Flt Lt Collette Knill, (pictured) who sang a duet with the star said: "This whole week has... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Visit to troops brings partnership with Afghan Football

The Prime Minister has announced an exciting new partnership between the FA Premier League and their Afghan counterparts to support the growth and development of Afghan football and the benefits it brings to communities... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Warrior flies with the RAF Goldstars

Actor Tom Hardy fulfilled a childhood dream when he flew and experienced first hand the power of the Tornado GR4; the RAF’s all weather, day and night attack and reconnaissance. Actor Tom Hardy said: “As a little... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Waddington opens its doors on Unmanned Aerial Systems

The MoD has, for the first time, opened the doors to its Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) control centre, based in the UK. Pictures and footage released show the hi-tech operations room at RAF Waddington where... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

2nd Annual Report of the Armed Forces Covenant is published

The second Annual Report of the Armed Forces Covenant has been published.  In his foreword the Secretary of State for Defence said: I am pleased with the progress that has... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

JSHAO Civilian Housing Briefings for All

Dates for the Joint Service Housing Advice Office’s 2014 Civilian Housing Briefing programme have been issued with a message from staff at the JSHAO:  "It is worth... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Change of Command at RAF Valley

Command of one of the RAF’s busiest training bases has been handed over. Gp Capt Adrian Hill handed over command of RAF Valley to Gp Capt Peter Cracroft. Gp Capt Adrian Hill said: “I’m sad to be... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Minister announces new RAF Typhoon Sqn

One of the oldest squadrons in the RAF is to be re-equipped with the latest Typhoon jets. The move is part of a transformation of the RAF’s combat air capability which will see battle-proven Tornado GR4 aircraft replaced by... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Christmas Message to Service families from the Secretary of State

We have received the following Christmas messages to all service families from the the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Defence.  Over the Christmas period everyone... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Getting to grips with your money over Christmas

Christmas is an exciting time but it can also bring financial woes, especially if money is tight. Getting to grips with costs in advance helps to control spending and avoid becoming one of the 17 million Britons expecting to... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Chiefs send a Christmas message to Service Personnel

The Defence Secretary, the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Permanent Secretary sent a Christmas message to all defence personnel. "This Christmas, many soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and MoD civilians will be far from home – serving our nation across the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 13 December 2013

RAF continues to bolster French Peacekeepers

The RAF has successfully delivered a second tranche of French military equipment to peacekeepers attempting to quell the bloodletting in the Central African Republic. A C17 transport aircraft has... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Armed Forces heroes honoured at the Millies

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were guests of honour at the sixth annual Sun Military Awards, known as ‘The Millies’, which were held at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and billed as... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Building the Defence College of Technical Training on the site of RAF Lyneham

The contract to build a multi million pound Defence College of Technical Training on the site of RAF Lyneham has been awarded to Kier Construction and... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Forced landing of a RAF Chinook near Jericho

An investigation underway to establish why a RAF Chinook had to make a forced landing near Jericho close to the Israeli West Bank. The aircraft landed near a minefield. The aircraft was flying from... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

'British warplanes will be handed over to European Union countries'

The Sunday Telegraph has reported that RAF planes and other military assets are to be handed over to European Union countries under plans to create a... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 9 December 2013

RAF deploy to assist flood relief effort

The RAF has deployed its Support Helicopter Force to the North East to provide military aid to the Environment Agency in support of the repair and flood relief effort after the storms of 5 and 6 Dec caused wide... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Red Arrows return from tour of the Middle East

The Red Arrows, have returned to their home base following a successful 5 week tour of the Middle East. The Red Arrows have thrilled thousands of people in the Middle East with their trademark precision flying and dynamic loops... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF assist French Military to stabilise Central African Republic

A RAF transport aircraft has left the UK on a mission to support the French military quell fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR). The C17 Globemaster took off from RAF Brize Norton, to collect military equipment... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 6 December 2013

Battle to the last mile - RAF Rally Championship finale this weekend

The fifth and final round sees the RAF finest rally competitors drive flat out against the clock to see who will be the 2013 Champion. There are only 12 stages and 97 miles of tarmac at Rockingham Motor Speedway that remain. With six season harden crews competing there... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Short Notice Assignments and the Allocation of SFA

We have received the following notice from RAF Community Support at Air Command: Short Notice Assignments and Allocation of SFA. 'Individuals accepting short-notice Assignments (less than 90 days) should be aware that despite their Assignment being for the Service need, there is no guarantee that... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Air Rank and Command Appointments

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 15.13.  Air Commodore D J Stubbs OBE ADC was promoted Air Vice-Marshal and appointed Chief of... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Voting in the Scottish independence referendum

With less than a year to go before the Scottish independence referendum, the MoD is aware of increasing interest throughout the Service community (Service personnel and their families) about the arrangements to vote and has... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

The MoD is a 'more professional and responsible organisation'

An independent report has concluded that 'Significant progress has been made to transform MoD into a more professional and responsible organisation'. In a follow-up to his major independent review of MoD two years ago, Lord Levene has... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Power Outage - Thetford HASC - Phone lines/IT system down - Thu 5 Dec 13

We have just been informed that the HASC at Thetford is without power. HASC staff are currently unable to take/make phone calls - or access IT systems. The issue is a major incident in the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

RAF team take a rowing boat

A four man RAF team are swapping the skies for the open seas when they set off on the cross-Atlantic rowing challenge. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge means rowing 3,000 miles from La Gomera in the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

First interview with AVM Elaine West - the highest ranking female officer

Elaine West became the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Air Vice-Marshal in the RAF in August. In her first interview since being promoted, she speaks about the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Our stories in RAF News - Feeling the pinch

Results from our survey on pay, allowances and the quality of life show that families around the RAF are feeling the pinch... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Lorraine Kelly launches UK4U Thanks! Christmas Box Appeal

Journalist and broadcaster Lorraine Kelly was joined by Father Christmas, Service personnel to launch the charity uk4u Thanks! Christmas Box campaign from the historic headquarters of the Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

'Sexting'

The MoDs Directorate Children and Young People  has been asked by the NSPCC to publicise an initiative between ChildLine and the Internet Watch Foundation in relation to 'sexting' which is becoming increasingly common amongst young... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

BFPO and their free postal services

We have received calls regarding the BFPO mail service to operational areas and other BFPO locations and the fact that, as of today, parcels are no longer free. We have spoken to BFPO Head Office this morning who... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tributes to David Traill

David Traill, 51, the pilot of the stricken police helicopter that crashed on Friday evening was a Chinook instructor at Odiham before he left the RAF. Dave Traill was an experienced pilot and flew Chinooks in both Iraq and... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 2 December 2013

A PIECE OF FOREIGN FIELD THAT IS FOREVER ENGLAND

The sacred soil from cemeteries of First World War Battlefields in Flanders, where so many millions died in bloody conflict, has been brought to Britain. In a two-day event in London, amidst much ceremony, the soil has... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Armed Forces Minister meets personnel at RAF Odiham

The Rt Hon Mark Francois, Minister of State for the Armed Forces and Member of Parliament for Rayleigh and Wickford has visited RAF Odiham. Accompanied by Mr Damian Hinds MP, Member of Parliament for East Hampshire, the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Hercules Delivers 200 tonnes of Humanitarian Aid in 10 days

RAF C130 Hercules, call-sign “Pag-asa 47” or “there is still hope” in Filipino, has delivered 200 tonnes of essential humanitarian aid across the Philippines in just 10 days. Since the small team of Hercules aircrew and... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link