RAF News 17 June, Edition 1538

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Royal Air Force News Friday, June 17, 2022 P2

We hope to inspire and encourage adventure”

I like to be challenged in my sport and marathons weren’t going to cut it”

I feel truly confident, for the first time ever”

Flt Lt Mike O’Hara, who is bidding to paramotor around the entire UK coastline with two RAF colleagues See page 5

Ultra-runner Sqn Ldr Lucy Nell, who has just completed a gruelling 125km event See page 32

BRIT-winner Mabel as she prepares to release her second album See R’n’R p4

UK pledge on military aid as Putin pounds Donbas Staff Reporter

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THE UK is set to increase military aid to Ukrainian forces following talks between Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The British Defence chief travelled to capital Kyiv to discuss how UK lethal aid can meet the operational needs of Ukraine’s Armed Forces as Russian troops intensify attacks in the Donbas region. Britain recently announced it would gift M270 multiple-launch rocket systems to Ukrainian troops to counter Russian long-range artillery, which has been used to devastate population centres. Since the start of the invasion the UK has sent more than £750 million worth of military kit to the war-torn country, including thousands of anti-tank missiles, air defence systems and armoured vehicles. During meetings with President

AID VOW: British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace underlined UK support during talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and senior military figures in the capital Kyiv this month

Zelenskyy and Ukraine Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov, Mr Wallace discussed further support to embattled Ukrainian forces as the conflict enters its fourth month, the

“The Defence Secretary will ensure the insights and future requirements established from this visit will be used to support the wider international response.”

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THE V-FORCE Quick Reaction Alert is terminated as Britain’s strategic nuclear deterrent passes to Royal Navy Polaris submarines.

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MOD said. A spokesman added: “The UK has also played a key convening role in the international effort to supply weapons to Ukraine.

V-Force retires


Malta fighters THE FIRST Hurricanes arrive in Malta to reinforce the island’s Fighter Flight after transiting through France and Tunisia.


Hercules record A 70 Sqn Hercules flying from Ascension sets an endurance record of 28 hours and 4 minutes during a supply drop to a Rapier battery near Port Stanley.

Extracts from The Royal Air Force Day By Day by Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork (The History Press)