A Victor of 55 Squadron refuelling a Tornado GR1 and Buccaneer S2 on their way to a target during Operation Granby Credit Defence Imagery ID 45163698 Credit: Air Historical Branch / RAF

Picture: A Victor of 55 Squadron refuelling a Tornado GR1 and Buccaneer S2 on their way to a target during Operation Granby.

Credit: Air Historical Branch / RAF

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BFBS The Forces Station To Mark 30 Years Since Op Granby

What was life in the Gulf like and what legacy has it left?

A Victor of 55 Squadron refuelling a Tornado GR1 and Buccaneer S2 on their way to a target during Operation Granby Credit Defence Imagery ID 45163698 Credit: Air Historical Branch / RAF

Picture: A Victor of 55 Squadron refuelling a Tornado GR1 and Buccaneer S2 on their way to a target during Operation Granby.

Credit: Air Historical Branch / RAF

This week, BFBS the Forces Station will mark the 30th anniversary of Operation GRANBY by speaking with those who were there.

From the decision-makers to the pilots and navigators in the air, boots on the ground, reporters and family that were awaiting news back at home in 1991.

In their five-part series we look at the build-up to the operation, what life in the Gulf was like and the legacy that it left 30 years on.

 

Monday to Friday 

Throughout the week on BFBS The Forces Station you will also hear from those assisting with Operation Rose in the UK, the military’s response to supporting COVID-19 testing for thousands of truckers in Kent.

Despite the busy holiday period and many already having full-time jobs, when the call came for Reservists to support regular troops in the fight against Covid, it was answered.

Royal Air Force Officer and BFBS broadcaster Amy Casey, spoke to Reserve personnel from 3rd Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment who were mobilised within 20 hours of being asked to help on Op Rose.

Meanwhile, here is what else BFBS has in store for you this week.

 

Monday from 10am UKT

Totally Connected with Hal Stewart

You will hear fresh new music and be able to take part in the competition 'Triple M' - the winning prize is an Echo Show in white.

 

Tuesday from 6:30am UKT

UK DAB Breakfast Show

Richard Hatch and Verity Geere will speak be chatting to 'Combat Dealers' presenter Bruce Crompton about the new series and his new podcast.

 

Wednesday from 6:30am UKT

Hatch and Geere will be chatting to LCpl Dean Vickery from the Military Provost Guard Service about what the service is, his role and how people can apply.

 

Thursday

From 6:30pm UKT

The award-winning Sitrep is back, looking at all the latest in defence news.

You can catch up with all the previous episodes on the BFBS website 👉 https://radio.bfbs.com/podcasts/sitrep

 

Friday

From 6:30am UKT

Hatch and Geere will be chatting to Emma Egging about the charity Jon Egging Trust (JET) which is signing the Armed Forces Covenant on January 21. The charity, which helps young, vulnerable people across the UK, was set up by Emma after her husband Flt Lt Jon Egging lost his life while completing a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival in August 2011.

From 7pm UKT

Jade Callaway brings in the weekend with the latest dance music.

 

Saturday

From 6am UKT

Join Jess Bracey on the Saturday Breakfast Show.

From 2pm UKT

The Saturday Sports Show will bring you all the latest scores in the world of sport in today's top matches and games, plus giving you an insight into sporting news from the forces community.

To see all the latest head to www.forces.net/sport 

 

Sunday from 10am UKT

Tim Humphries presents Access All Areas

Hear about the outstanding work of our Cadet of the Week, a British Army Cadet from Henley, Oxfordshire who goes above and beyond in his community.

Tweet @BFBSRadioHQ or email [email protected] to nominate an outstanding cadet.

 

Listen Again

As the UK has gone into another lockdown again, hear from the military personnel supporting the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic in our exclusive podcast Covid Response Allies.

New Podcast Available Later This Week

Granby: The Storm in the Desert - a BFBS podcast marking 30 years of Operation Granby.

 

Forces News YouTube

2021 is underway, but what will the new year bring for the UK’s military?

After almost a year helping to support the UK's coronavirus response, Armed Forces personnel look set to remain busy assisting in the fight against COVID-19.

Forces News' Laura Makin-Isherwood takes a look at what could be on the agenda for defence this year.

 

BFBS SURVEY - WANT TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING £200?

Tell us what you like and don't like about BFBS Radio and TV services and we'll put your name into a quarterly draw for a chance to win £200 in Amazon vouchers. It doesn't take long to do and you can still complete one even if you've entered before.

Congratulations to Adam in Naples who was our last prize draw winner. The next draw will take place in April 2021.

Go to bfbs.com/survey

 

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