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Defence in the media: Tuesday 8 October 2019

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Coverage of defence-related issues in the media today includes online reports of Royal Navy ships escorting Russian warships passing UK shores and a new fundraising campaign by the charity Help For Heroes.

Royal Navy escorts Russian ships

The Royal Navy has spent three days keeping close watch on Russian warships passing UK shores. HMS Mersey, a River-class patrol vessel, monitored the Russian task group of three vessels off the Norfolk coast.

The Daily Star, Portsmouth News and Forces Network have all reported on the Royal Navy's work protecting the British coastline.

HMS Mersey's commanding officer, Lt Cdr Will Edwards-Bannon, said: "The Royal Navy is used to working alongside our allies to uphold the rules-based international system, both in home waters and around the globe.

"As ever, I am very grateful to the friends and families of all of us who serve in Mersey for their continued support as we work hard to protect our nation's interests."

Help For Heroes campaign

The Times, The Mirror and the Daily Star report on a new campaign from Help For Heroes on medical discharges.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said:

"Our Armed Forces do a dangerous job in keeping this country safe and anyone who is medically discharged receives bespoke support to help them back into civilian life.

"Fewer than 2% of personnel who have served in the Armed Forces over the last 20 years were medically discharged.

"When someone is injured, wounded or sick, in most cases they are medically downgraded in order to allow for treatment, recovery and rehabilitation.

"The 39,696 personnel medically discharged over 20 years reflects a period of high operational tempo, including conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Image of the day

Royal Navy sailors watch a Russian ship pass them from HMS Mersey
Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Mersey has shadowed a Russian naval frigate off the British coast.

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