More than 200 members of the armed forces support Wales’ coronavirus vaccine booster program

MORE than 200 members of the armed forces were made available to support Wales’ coronavirus vaccine booster program this month.

Meanwhile, soldiers and officers of the Royal Welsh will spend Christmas Day deployed to Estonia

Welsh sailors, marines, soldiers and airmen will serve with the British armed forces in the country and around the world to protect the UK this Christmas.

227 Armed Forces personnel have been made available to support the Department of Health and the Welsh Government under the record-breaking coronavirus vaccine booster program.

They work alongside NHS Wales staff and volunteers to administer vaccines and provide planning expertise to civil authorities. This includes qualified medical professionals serving in the armed forces, as well as general service personnel.

The armed forces personnel supporting the Wales recall program include sailors, soldiers and airmen from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force. The British Armed Forces have supported communities across Wales during the pandemic, including with coronavirus testing and delivery of PPE.

129 Department of Defense staff continue to support the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust as ambulance drivers.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said: “This year our armed forces have once again served with distinction and duty, evacuating over 15,000 vulnerable people from Afghanistan, participating in the carrier strike group deployment and supporting the deployment of boosters.

“Over the holiday season, our armed forces will continue to work to keep us safe with thousands of people deployed in operations overseas or in the UK helping put vaccines up to speed while continuing to support the UK’s response to the pandemic. Thank you to the Armed Forces community for all you do and a very merry Christmas. ”

Wales Secretary of State Simon Hart said:

“I would like to thank all Armed Forces personnel who have continued to provide life-saving assistance during the ongoing pandemic response in Wales, including supporting the record-breaking vaccine deployment, the conduct of ambulances and the delivery of ‘PPE and testing.

“At this festive time, we are especially grateful to those deployed who spend this time providing security for Wales and the UK, both at home and abroad. I wish them and their families a safe Merry Christmas and New Year. ”

Royal Welsh soldiers and officers are currently deployed in Estonia, where the British armed forces are supporting NATO to protect our allies against foreign aggression. The UK is leading a multinational battle group in Estonia and helping to train local service personnel for combat.

The Royal Welsh is the oldest and most decorated British Army regiment in Wales. Its history dates back 330 years and includes almost every major campaign in which the military has participated.

After spending the fall conducting exercises with the French Navy and supporting the armed forces in Gibraltar, the Royal Navy ship HMS Dragon is back in British waters and will be in service at a very high level of readiness for protecting the UK at sea. The ship is adorned with a fiery red Welsh dragon and is affiliated with the city of Cardiff.

6,100 UK Armed Forces personnel work across the world on 22 operations in 30 countries, keeping the UK safe and supporting our partners and allies.