HMS MEDWAY will become our new Royal Navy Affiliate during 2018. She is the second of five new and modern Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) that are being built to replace the old River Class patrol vessels, one of which was our previous affiliate, HMS SEVERN, which decommissioned last October, see below.
Royal Military Police
On the 2 January 2007 the Court approved the affiliation of the Company with the Royal Military Police, part of the Adjutant General Corps of the British Army. The RMP trace their history back to the 17th century when they were given a policing responsibility for the Army when the Army was called for duty. The RMP had a very important role in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan where they operated in the front line. The Master and the Provost Marshal (Army) have each exchanged visits; as have members of the Company to HQ RMP, to establish the affiliation.
In 2011 as part of the 500th Anniversary of the Office of Provost Marshal (Army), WCoSP Liveryman Brigadier Eddie Forster-Knight presented a special sword to the Company (pictured below) and asked that the Sword be awarded annually to the individual, who in the eyes of the Master and the Court, has achieved most to promote and support the work of the Company in that year, excluding the Master and Clerk. Liveryman Neill Catton became the seventh winner of the Award in 2017 for his outstanding contribution to the Company.
The Court approved the affiliation of the Company with the RAF Police on 30 September 2009. The RAF Police was formed in 1918 and today provides, a key element of integrated Air Force Protection, Policing, Security and Counter Intelligence which protects the physical, intellectual and morale components of air power. The RAF Police is responsible for advising commanders on the threats to the RAF from terrorism, espionage and crime, and recommending and implementing appropriate countermeasures to protect personnel and other critical assets. It also conducts criminal and security investigations and works closely with the civil police and other agencies.
The photograph below is of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales presenting the Firmin Sword of Peace to the Provost Marshal (RAF), Group Captain Steve Horne at RAF Honington on 20 July 2017.
3 Military Intelligence Battalion
At a Court meeting on 27 September 2012, it was agreed 3 Military Intelligence Battalion should be invited to become an affiliate of our Company.
3 Military Intelligence Battalion is an Army Reserve unit under the operational command of 1 Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade within Force Troops Command and is based in London and Cambridge.
The Battalion is extremely operationally focussed, with a very large number of its’ officers and soldiers having completed operational deployments. In the past, the Unit has deployed personnel to Kuwait, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq, most recently to Afghanistan and in support of operations in Libya.
They also support deployed personnel working within the London area. When deployed they are completely integrated with and work alongside their Regular Army Intelligence Corps counterparts.
101 (City Of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
At a Court meeting on 30 September 2015, it was agreed that 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) (101 Engr Regt (EOD) should be invited to become an affiliate of our Company.
101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) is a hybrid regiment (comprising both regular and reserve squadrons), primarily based in Wimbish, Saffron Walden. The Regiment has a strong operational pedigree, having provided Royal Engineer Bomb Disposal teams to neutralise the threat of German bombs during World War II, whilst more recently its’ personnel routinely supported operations in Afghanistan, dealing with the pernicious improvised explosive device (IED) at the coalface. The Regiment is currently deployed in Iraq, training Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers in their fight against the so called Islamic State. It also remains involved in rendering safe World War II bombs that continue to be discovered around London.
The reserve squadrons, 221 Field Squadron and 579 Field Squadrons provide high assurance search from their centres at Catford and Tunbridge Wells respectively.
101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) was publicly granted ‘City Privileged Regiment’ status at the City’s most prestigious event, The Lord Mayor’s Show, on Saturday 14 November 2015. The photograph below was taken at the unveiling of the Regiment’s Privileged Status badge in Guildhall.