The Sun Military Awards 2011
The ‘Millies’ (The Military Awards 2011) took place the week before Christmas at the Imperial War Museum.
RAF Marham were nominated in the ‘Best Unit’ category and represented by personnel from the station. These annual awards are hosted by The Sun newspaper and recognise and award the bravery and achievements of Navy, Royal Marines, Army and RAF.
RAF Marham was nominated for support given to Operation Ellamy. The base played a key role reacting at short notice in preparing and sending aircraft to assist in support of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973. As well as launching missions from Gioia Del Colle in Italy, the Tornado Force also flew historic missions from RAF Marham throughout the conflict. Crews flew round trips of over 3,000 miles before returning to RAF Marham nearly eight hours later.
From accounts provided by the representatives from RAF Marham, the evening was very emotional. Moving tales of immense bravery and personal sacrifice were heard, with extraordinary feats of courage abound. His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge accompanied by the Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry were in attendance, along with a host of celebrities.
The ‘Best Unit’ category was deservedly won by 42 Commando Royal Marines who have been at the forefront of the action in Afghanistan, in particular Operation HERRICK 14. The Unit had endured extremely difficult times, during particularly testing circumstances, losing a number of brave men.