Prime Minister Boris Johnson inside the Cabinet room of No10 Downing Street, joined a virtual call with British Military personnel from around the globe to thank them for their services and to wish them a Merry Christmas.
This year, around 6,400 sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen and airwomen will be deployed on operations over Christmas.
From Somalia and Ukraine to efforts to protect British people against coronavirus and threats here in the United Kingdom, the Armed Forces are deployed across all corners of the globe taking part in 39 operations across 46 different countries.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “2020 has been a truly historic year for our Armed Forces. In a year when we marked the 75th anniversary of the free world’s victory over fascism, our Armed Forces came to the aid of our whole nation in the battle against coronavirus and our brave personnel once again worked day in, day out around the world to keep our people safe.
“It is no surprise that in times of crisis, when you need something done right and you need it done right now it is our Armed Forces we turn to for support. We owe them more than words can say and I want to thank them and wish them a very Merry Christmas.”
Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street