2020’s Top Ten Stories: The COVID Support Force

Your number one most-read story this year is the UK Armed Forces’ efforts in helping fight COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic.

Military Aid to Civil Authorities: The COVID Support Force

To support the UK’s response to the coronavirus outbreak back in March, up to 20,000 Service personnel were on standby to help, when requested.

Royal Air Force Police dog handler alongside a repatriation flight of British citizens from China.
  • Up to 20,000 Servicemen and women earmarked for the COVID Support Force.
  • Reserve sailors, soldiers and airmen and women received a Call out Order enabling them to join the response effort if required.
  • Defence scientists from Defence Science and Technology Laboratories supported Public Health England’s effort to understand the virus and tackle the spread.
The UK Armed Forces has a wide range of skills and equipment useful to Government at a time of crisis.

Find out where else the UK Armed Forces are deployed here:



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