EXHIBITIONS AND CONFERENCES
04 Aug 09. BATTLESPACE is exhibiting on Stand No. 2421. Julian Nettlefold will be at DSEI from 11-14th September. Details of our comprehensive Enews Show Daily sponsored by ITT is given below:
1. Issue 1 – DSEI Preview sent out on 4th
2. Issue 2 – DSEI Day 1 sent out on 8th
3. Issue 3 – DSEI Day 2 sent out on 9th
4. Issue 3 – DSEI Day 3 sent out on 10th
5. Issue 3 – Review sent out after Show.
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14 Aug 09. Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a service of remembrance to be held in St Paulâ€™s Cathedral at 1100hrs on Friday 9 October 2009 to mark the end of combat operations in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence confirms today. The service will be an opportunity to honour the members of the UK Forces and civil servants who served in Iraq and to remember those who gave their lives over the six year operation. Attendance at the service will be by invitation only and the majority of the congregation will consist of serving and ex-serving veterans of the conflict, along with their commanders, the injured and families of those who died.Â
03 Aug 09. TAURUS 09: Return of Task Force. The TAURUS 09 Task Group, which sailed from the UK in February 2009, returned on 3 Aug 09. The UK contingent of the Task Group arrived at Devonport in HMS OCEAN, SOMERSET and BULWARK. Other vessels in the Task Group were HMS TRAFALGAR & TALENT, HMS ARGYLL & ECHO and RFA Mounts Bay, Lyme Bay, Wave Ruler & Fort Austin. 40 Commando RM, 539 Assault Squadron RM and the Fleet Diving Unit were embarked. Air support was provided by 820 & 847 Naval Air Squadrons. The US Navy provided the USS MITSCHER, a guided missile destroyer, and the French joined with the destroyer FS DUPLEIX. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 10/30, 10 Aug 09)
12 Aug 09. The military charity BLESMA (the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association) is currently halfway round the 2009 Fastnet Race with a crew consisting entirely of disabled ex-servicemen. A crew of eighteen sailors who have all lost limbs serving in armed forces are now 48 hours into the 600-mile race on from Cowes on a yacht named the Spirit of Juno. They are being generously supported by the Portsmouth charter company ONDECK. The round trip is expected to take them about 5 days to complete.
They are competing on equal terms against the other crews all the way down the Channel, round the Lizard, up to the Fastnet Rock off the south coast of Ireland and back across the Irish Sea to finish in Plymouth.The winds have been fairly gentle for the crew so far, and currently they are on an upwind leg about 30 miles from the Rock.Mid-fleet, they are more than acquitting themselves against fully-abled crews on the other boats.
BLESMA firmly believes that there should be no reason why people with physical handicaps should be any less capable of achieving goals that are normally the preserve of fully able-bodied people.This is particularly true for those who have served their country in the most valiant and selfless fashion possible. The skipper of the BLESMA crew, Colin Rouse, MBE, had this to say before they started, “The Fastnet Race is one of the toughest yacht races in the world open to the average sailor. To take 18 ex-servicemen, all of whom are missing at least one limb, and ask them to sail together for over 600 miles is not only a big challenge, it is the ultimate in proving that anything is possible for these guys. That is what BLESMA aims to achieve the restoration of self-belief.”