Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

Wattisham: Christmas party held for the families of soldiers due to fly to Afghanistan

PUBLISHED: 16:34 14 December 2013

Air Trooper Michael Moran (27) from Southampton with wife Gemma, with wife Gemma holding Jessica (19 months), Matthew (7) and Chelsea (9)

Air Trooper Michael Moran (27) from Southampton with wife Gemma, with wife Gemma holding Jessica (19 months), Matthew (7) and Chelsea (9)

Crown Copyright 2013: This image may be used for current news purposes only.

Soldiers who fly and maintain the Apache attack helicopter have thrown a Christmas party for their families as they prepare for their unit’s last deployment to Afghanistan.

Sergeant Greg Routledge (28) from Maperley, Nottinghamshire, with is wife Hannah and 18 month old son Oliver.Sergeant Greg Routledge (28) from Maperley, Nottinghamshire, with is wife Hannah and 18 month old son Oliver.

664 Squadron, 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, based at Wattisham Airfield, is due to deploy to Camp Bastion in January for four months. The tour – the squadron’s fifth – will be the last deployment for the regiment, which was the first unit to operate the Apache in Afghanistan in 2006.

Alongside presents from Father Christmas, games and helicopter rides, the party also had the serious purpose of briefing families about the support they will get while troops are on operations.

Unit welfare officer Captain Frank Worthington said: “This event is my team’s opportunity to introduce ourselves to the families and it’s been a really happy and positive occasion. It gives the families confidence to hear the help that is available if they need it and the programme of activities we’ve got organised for them.”

On 664 Sqn’s return, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps – also based at Wattisham – will take over until British combat troops withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

1 comment

  • all the best to all the famlies [ SAFE TRIP THERE AND BACK] HAVE A A GOOD XMAS AND 2014.

    Report this comment

    TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

A future mob boss toiling in the engine shed, a world movie premiere, and American football at Portman Road – Debach Airfield Museum’s records are a treasure trove of wartime stories.

A person has died after being hit by a train at Colchester tonight, despite the best efforts of paramedics to save them.

A father-of-two from Stowmarket has thanked the professionals who saved his life after his heart suddenly stopped.

The Parachute Regiment Big Band will drop by this year’s Ipswich School Festival of Music.

A “callous” con artist who stole the life savings of a woman with learning difficulties has been ordered to repay more than £92,000.

The provision, known as ‘Suffolk New College – on the coast’, will initially offer study programmes in business, games design and IT, health and social care, art, design and media, construction and vocational access programmes.

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in a five-week trial over an alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl in Ipswich.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24