COVID-19 – let’s salute our Armed Forces

Our Armed Forces are continuing to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

From getting the NHS Nightingale Hospital at London’s ExCel from conception to reality in just 9 days, to supporting civilian authorities across the country. Here are just a few examples of how troops are working to keep us all safe:

– Over 2700 personnel deployed to support local authorities as part of the Military Aid to Civil Authorities (MACA) programme.

– 450 troops helping to deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) having supplied over 923 million products to date including masks, gloves and gowns.

– Communications experts from the British Army have joined a NATO task force to help combat the spread of misinformation during the pandemic.

– Thousands of reservists with specialist skills such as medics and logisticians have been called up to support the nation with 20,000 regulars and reservists still on standby.

– Service personnel have also been helping to set up new NHS Nightingale hospitals in Birmingham, Manchester, Harrogate and Bristol. Soldiers have also been assisting in the testing of NHS workers for COVID-19 in a new facility in Glasgow.

Hilary Meredith