Supporting the armed forces

Gerald Vernon-Jackson, left, leader of Portsmouth City Council with Commodore Tony Radakin, Commodore of HM Naval Base ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (121034-2889)
Gerald Vernon-Jackson, left, leader of Portsmouth City Council with Commodore Tony Radakin, Commodore of HM Naval Base ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (121034-2889)
Passchendaele. Picture: Imperial War Museum

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PORTSMOUTH’S armed forces covenant was signed on board HMS Diamond.

The official pledge was signed by the Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, the Royal British Legion, naval family members, the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the Army.

The pledge is an agreement intended to ensure that members of the armed forces and their families have access to services like education, housing and health.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘It’s particularly important to have a covenant like this in Portsmouth, to recognise the links between the armed forces and the city. This is the beginning of a continuing conversation on how we can work more closely with the military and help military families more.’