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Armed Forces' Day flypasts performed by the Red Arrows

As a salute to the Armed Forces community, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team performed flypasts today over the skies of North Yorkshire.

The Red Arrows flew over the British’s Army Catterick Garrison, RAF Leeming and Scarborough Castle.

The coastal town was due to host this year’s Armed Forces’ Day National Event, which was unfortunately cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The flypast over Scarborough marked Armed Forces' Day. Image by SAC Hannah Smoker.
The flypast over Scarborough marked Armed Forces' Day. Image by SAC Hannah Smoker.

Squadron Leader Martin Pert, Team Leader of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, said: “The Red Arrows are honoured to be taking part in Armed Forces’ Day 2020.

“As always, it’s a privilege to acknowledge all of those colleagues who serve in the UK military, as well as veterans.

The Red Arrows with Scarborough's coastline. Image by SAC Hannah Smoker.
The Red Arrows with Scarborough's coastline. Image by SAC Hannah Smoker.

“In particular, it’s important to consider those personnel deployed on operations, away from their families.

“We hope people, wherever they are, enjoy the images from the Red Arrows’ flypast of Scarborough and North Yorkshire for this Armed Forces’ Day.”

For the flypast of the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick Garrison, all 432 recruits from Gurkha Company were assembled on Helles Parade Square in an Armed Forces' Day formation.

This is the first time these young men have experienced the Red Arrows, having only left Nepal in February 2020 to start their 39-week Army training in the UK.

Over the last year, the UK’s Armed Forces have been protecting the nation’s interests at home and overseas and training relentlessly for any deployment at a moment's notice.

RAF Leeming marks Armed Forces' Day. Image by SAC Harry Roberts.
RAF Leeming marks Armed Forces' Day. Image by SAC Harry Roberts.

Sailors, soldiers, airmen and women are currently deployed on 35 operations in 30 countries tackling terrorism, preventing conflict and preserving the peace.

In recent months, personnel from all three Services have answered the call of the NHS and other public services as they battle coronavirus on the frontline.

From delivering personal protective equipment to those who need it, to helping to set up NHS Nightingale hospitals and running innovative mobile testing units, Armed Forces personnel have used their specialist skills to support the fight against the pandemic.

The flypast of the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick Garrison.
The flypast of the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick Garrison.

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