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Defence in the media: 5 March 2017

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Today’s defence media looks at the D-Day memorial, the Iraq Afghanistan memorial and healthcare provisions for service personnel.

D-Day Memorial 

 The Sunday Telegraph, Independent, Mail on Sunday and Sunday Express all report that that government has set aside £20m in Wednesday’s budget to the campaign for a national memorial to British and allied forces who died during the D-Day landings in 1944. The memorial will be due to be unveiled on the 75th anniversary of D-Day on 6 June 2019.    

Iraq Afghanistan Memorial

The Sun has reported on the upcoming unveiling of the Iraq Afghanistan memorial that will happen on 9th March. It also includes comments from Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon who noted that more than 300,000 warriors took part in the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, with many receiving life-long injuries and almost 700 making the supreme sacrifice.

Medical care for Service Personnel

 The Sun writes that more than 900 injured troops were given private healthcare last year.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said:

The NHS proudly provides the vast majority of treatment for our Armed Forces, but we will occasionally fund additional healthcare over and above what they might provide for the general public.

Image of the day:

Image shows a Royal Navy Bomb Disposal expert, detonating the German WWII SC 500lb bomb. After a long, cold night of expert and cautious work at the Brondesbury Park building site near Brent, rendering the fuse safe on the German WW2 SC 500lb air dropped bomb yesterday, the Army’s Royal Engineers were relieved to hand over the ultimate disposal of the 500lb explosive to a four-man Royal Navy Team from the SOUTHERN DIVING UNIT (2) based in Horsea Island, Portsmouth. The Royal Navy team made a controlled demolition of the WW2 ordnance at Shoeburyness Range near Southend, Essex at 1130am on Saturday morning (4 March 17). AB (Diver) Liam Boardman initiated the demolition of the bomb, supported by the Navy’s team of duty Mine Clearance Divers, led by Petty Officer Diver Craig Waghorn and including Leading Diver Matthew Smark and AB Diver Steve Lundsten who travelled up last night from their Hampshire base to assist the Army team.
Image shows a Royal Navy Bomb Disposal expert, detonating the German WWII SC 500lb bomb found earlier during the week in London.

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