Published: Friday, 26th June 2020

Cllr Alan Jarrett pays tribute to our armed forces

Medway has for hundreds of years provided a home for Britain’s armed forces. Over those years the armed forces have lived here, worked here, married into our community and become part of us. One has only to scratch the surface of Medway for the armed forces heritage to ooze out.

All over the Medway Towns are to be seen reminders of our proud military history. The fortifications towering above Chatham, the celebrated Historic Dockyard, our universities housed in the former HMS Pembroke, the recently restored former Naval Ammunition Depot at Upnor, and of course, the still very active Brompton Barracks, headquarters and home to the Corp of Royal Engineers.

The Royal Engineers’ rich contribution to the life of Medway is something we are extremely proud of. Even now, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic it is our Royal Engineers who have designed and created the NHS Mobile Testing Units. As always our Sappers are leading the way.

Medway’s long and proud relationship with the Royal Navy is maintained by the presence of Royal Naval Reservists in Rochester and by our namesake ship HMS Medway which even now is preparing herself for hurricane season relief operations in the Caribbean region.

To all members of our armed forces, wherever they might be, and whatever tribulations they may face, Medway sends you all our heartiest best wishes and promises a warm welcome when you next visit us.

Cllr Alan Jarrett
Leader of Medway Council

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