Today’s Defence related news includes the marking of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Amiens and the Royal Navy escorting Russian ships.
Following yesterdays extensive broadcast coverage of the commemoration of the Battle of Amiens, The Times highlights diary extracts from the soldiers who fought in the historic battle reminding us of the elation that followed the breakthrough as well as the poignancy of the many troops who never returned. The Independant focuses on modern-day relatives of those who fought and The Guardian showcases a case study with the granddaughter of a private who rode a blind horse to the front line to deliver munitions.
Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster said:
It is an honour to be here on the anniversary of one of the most important battles in British history. This anniversary gives us a chance to reflect on the sacrifice and the achievements of British and Commonwealth troops and our allies who fought a century ago. The nations represented here today remain close allies, demonstrating that the legacy of our First World War partnerships continue in today’s Armed Forces.
Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter said:
The Battle of Amiens marked the beginning of the end of the First World War. It was a remarkable achievement over the course of the War to expand the military, moulding a new citizen based force into a very accomplished fighting force, against a backdrop of rapid technological change. As I proudly stand in the Amiens cathedral, I shall be reflecting on the importance of Allies and partners then and now, and the enduring requirement to experiment with new technology and tactics to determine how we can best employ it without waiting for the catalyst of war. But above all I shall reflect upon the fighting spirit and courage of those remarkable men and women who serve our country.
Royal Navy escorts Russian ships through British Channel
The Daily Mirror reports that HMS Diamond has escorted two Russian Navy vessels through the English Channel as they made their way to the Atlantic. The article highlights this as routine business for the Royal Navy and lists other escorting duties that have taken place this year.
Commander Ben Keith, the Commanding Officer of HMS Diamond said:
HMS Diamond is proud to once again be playing her part in protecting the UK by monitoring these vessels on their transit.
This is routine business for the Royal Navy and the second time my ship's company have undertaken such an escort duty this summer.
While many families are enjoying their summer holidays, my ship's company are working hard at sea to keep Britain safe and will continue to do so for as long as we are required.
I would like to thank the families of my crew whose support is vital while we carry out our duty to the nation.