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The military stands up to COVID-19

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has put 10,000 military personnel at a higher readiness and placed Reserves on standby to support public services as part of a new “COVID Support Force”.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The men and women of our armed forces stand ready to protect Britain and her citizens from all threats, including COVID-19.”

“There are well-rehearsed mechanisms in place for the military to provide support to civil authorities in times of need.”

So far, the military has already assisted with repatriation flights from China and Japan.

Now 150 military personnel are being trained to drive oxygen tankers in order to support the NHS if required.

By 29 Mar, the first cohort of military personnel will have completed their training to fill the oxygen tankers, drive them safely and deposit the oxygen at NHS facilities.

In addition to the oxygen delivery effort, scientists from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are supporting Public Health England’s effort to understand the virus and tackle the spread.

Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) is poised to deliver essential supplies to remote regions of the UK and transport people and equipment.

In one of the first instances of medical evacuation during the ongoing pandemic on 15 Mar, JHC responded to a request to transfer a critically ill patient from the Isle of Scilly to Newquay International Airport.

On 23 Mar, a RAF A400M transport aircraft responded to a request to transfer a critically ill COVID-positive patient from hospital in the Shetland Islands to an Intensive Care Unit in Aberdeen.

Meanwhile, soldiers from 4 Regiment RLC delivered 10,000 protective face masks to St Thomas’ Hospital, London on 24 Mar.

So far, fifty members of armed forces personnel have begun assisting the NHS with the distribution and delivery of PPE. The number of personnel is likely to be increased to 250 when the programme is running at full capacity.

The Royal Logistic Corps

The Royal Logistic Corps

#BritishArmyLogistics working together with our #Nato allies to fulfil the tenets of our strategy: World class. Innovative. Adaptable. 16th Sustainment Brigade HQ 104 Logistic Support Brigade ... See MoreSee Less
Exercise SEAHORSE INCREMENTUM is an Armoured Vehicle (AV) technical trade exercise for The Royal Logistic Corps’ Vehicle Support Specialist (VSS) trade. The aim of the exercise is to ensure that personnel in the trade remain compliant with Armoured Vehicle Standing Orders and that all personnel can operate AVs safely within the supply chain. Planned by 17 Regiment RLC on Salisbury Plain Training Area, the four-week exercise brings the VSS trade together to train on a variety of platforms from Challenger 2 to Panther. As the only trade group that operates all AVs outside of the Armoured Corps, VSS are key to delivering a vital logistic effect to its teeth arms, enabling essential logistic capability. The trade is able to receipt, store, manage, issue and move AVs through the supply chain safely, professionally and in a timely manner.The exercise was achievable with support from the Field Army unit DMIs, platforms from across the Iron Division and Team Rhino and Real-Life Support from 104 Logistic Support Brigade.17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, Marchwood HQ 104 Logistic Support Brigade ... See MoreSee Less