Tenth Annual Armed Forces Day celebrated

Hundreds of events were held today across the country to mark the tenth annual Armed Forces Day.

Men and women from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, both Regulars and Reserves, have been recognised alongside the wider defence family including cadets and veterans.

The National Event took place in Llandudno, North Wales,and was attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne The Princess Royal, representing the Queen and the Royal Family. Prime Minister Theresa May and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson also attended the event, alongside the thousands of attendees who gathered to watch parades, displays and a record number of flypasts.

Salisbury city, where troops have been providing emergency assistance in the aftermath of the chemical attack, was announced as the host for next year’s national event.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Today we mark the tenth Armed Forces Day and it remains a valuable opportunity to honour our troops who work so hard to keep us safe. Our servicemen and women are on hand every hour of every day to protect us from the threats we face and today I encourage people across the UK to come together and salute them for their tireless commitment.

“I commend Llandudno for an outstanding event and thank organisers across the country for their efforts to mark Armed Forces Day.”

Armed Forces are currently working in more than 25 countries and are ready to respond whenever they’re required. This year we saw over 2,000 personnel deployed to the Caribbean in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, on operations in Iraq and Syria as part of the fight against Daesh, and continue to reassure NATO allies in Europe.