Posted on December 18, 2018
However, there are some groups of people that every year sacrifice this joyful day for a higher purpose. Among them are the Armed Forces. This year, 11,000 sailors, soldiers, airmen and Royal Marines will be deployed on operations over the festive period. They are deployed in multiple continents on 35 operations in 30 countries across the globe, from Somalia and South Sudan to Kuwait and Ukraine.
While families at home celebrate Christmas, troops will be working around the clock in many time zones to keep us safe and protect the UK’s interests. In total there will be 11,000 sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines deployed on operations over the festive period from all three services.
This year they are deployed in multiple continents on 35 operations in 30 countries across the globe. In total 14 naval vessels will be at sea, from Type 45 Destroyer HMS Dragon in the Gulf to Type 23 Frigate HMS Argyll in the Pacific. Since 1969, the UK has had a submarine on patrol for every minute of every day, providing the UK’s nuclear deterrent and this Christmas is no different.
The Armed Forces will also be busy at home. The Squadrons of the UK’s Quick Reaction Alert will be on duty at RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby, many of them ready in their green flight suits waiting for the call to scramble and protect UK airspace. Also on duty will be troops of the Household Division, keeping guard outside Royal residences in London and Windsor.