Boris Johnson PM at the Sun Military Awards Millies 2020
Armed Forces Day 2020

Armed Forces Day Video Call: PM Praises 'Fantastic' Military

Boris Johnson commended the work of personnel involved in the response to the coronavirus pandemic during a virtual call.

Boris Johnson PM at the Sun Military Awards Millies 2020

Boris Johnson has praised the "fantastic" work of the military on Armed Forces Day.

In a virtual call made to a number of service personnel key to the military’s response to coronavirus, the Prime Minister gave the nation’s thanks for their efforts.

"Whether you’re a regular, a reservist, a civilian contractor, a veteran, or the family and friends who support our military in so many ways, we as a nation salute you," the Prime Minister has said.

"We know that – day and night, at home and abroad, at sea, on land, in the air and even in space and online – our fantastic Armed Forces are there for us.

"And it’s for all that and more, that I’m proud to salute our Armed Forces."

Watch: The Prime Minister's video call with forces personnel.

This year's national Armed Forces Day event was due to be hosted in Scarborough, but it was postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The town will instead host the 2021 national event.

The public are instead being encouraged to follow Armed Forces Day 2020 virtually.

To mark Armed Forces Day 2020, we have taken a look back at the work of the British military in the past year.

Today, a Red Arrows flypast will be performed, flying over Catterick Garrison, RAF Leeming and Scarborough.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "The last year has been a busy one for our servicemen and servicewomen of the UK Armed Forces.

"Their professionalism, commitment and versatility have rarely been more evident than during the pandemic.

"The Armed Forces community cannot celebrate in person this year, so we are doing our best to show you through social media who our people are, what they do, and how you can show your support."

Cover image: Boris Johnson speaking to a gathering of UK troops during a visit to Estonia last year (Picture: Pool).