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        Sailors help give the Army’s Apaches wings in Afghanistan

        Four sailors have completed a demanding tour of duty helping to support the Army’s Apache missions over Helmand. The quartet – three engineers and one pilot – joined 653 Squadron Army Air Corps which is in action daily in Afghan skies. Read more


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        Sailors help give the Army’s Apaches wings in Afghanistan
        Our technicians have worked extremely hard to keep the aircraft battle-ready and took pride in the service it has delivered
        Lieutenant Jonny Orchard RN, Air Engineer Officer

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        Marine awarded Military Cross for saving lives under fire

        A Royal Marine from Somerset West in Cape Town has been awarded a military cross after saving the lives of five colleagues when he faced down and killed a rogue gunman. Marine Craig Buchanan, 26, was serving with 40 Commando Royal Marines in Nehr-e-Saraj when he was confronted with a rogue Afghan policeman who began shooting at the eight-man patrol, killing two and badly wounding another. Read more

        Marine Craig Buchanan