Your most-read stories of 2020

Your most-read stories of 2020

While we look forward to putting 2020 behind us, take a look at our 10 most-read stories of the year, from a look inside UK Strat Com to shadowing Russian activity near UK waters

Here are the 10 most-read stories from 2020:👇

1. 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 troops were on standby ready to help.

2. “I’m the Royal Engineer’s first female Squadron Sergeant Major and a single mum.”

Squadron Sergeant Major Read, deployed to Liverpool to help with COVID-19 testing. As the Squadron Sergeant Major, she has been overseeing the work her squadron been doing in Liverpool.

“The pandemic has dampened a lot of our deployments, so we’re grateful to still be able to team together and do something important.”

21 years ago, Lucy Read was only the fifth woman to join the Royal Engineers, but she has since become their first female Squadron Sergeant Major.

3. Better to die than be a coward: The Gurkha Brigade

For over 200 years now, individuals from Nepal have been recruited into the British Army. They are known for being as fearless in combat as they are good-natured in their day-to-day life.

4. Poseidon protects UK waters against Russian warship

The new Royal Air Force submarine-hunting aircraft completed its first mission by shadowing a Russian warship in the North Sea.

5. Military Aid to Civil Authorities (MACA): A force for good

From helping with flood relief in West Yorkshire to supporting the London Olympics in 2012, the military has always played a key role in the nation’s collective response to major events at home.

6. Wedded to the cause: a couple on the frontline

Major Chantelle Miller and her wife Staff Sergeant Tara Miller stepped up to help their country fight coronavirus.

“I am incredibly proud of Tara working as a military first responder helping people in their time of need, with her compassion and empathy.” — Chantelle

Read more about this selfless couple here:

7. 5 things to know about the Poseidon

The RAF’s P-8A Poseidon is designed for anti-submarine warfare. This aircraft is state of the art and plays a key role in the safety of the UK.

8. Apache pilot: what’s in my kit?

ver wonder what an Apache helicopter pilot takes along during a mission?

9. In pictures: Airborne soldiers make history

For the first time, in an exercise over Salisbury Plain, British Paratroopers jumped under British parachutes from a US Air Force aircraft.

10. You’ve probably never heard of us before: Inside Strategic Command

Within the Ministry of Defence there are some organisations you likely haven’t heard of. If you have, you probably don’t know a great deal about.

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

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