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The latest group of trainee gunners has been sworn in at RAF Honington - but not in your typical fashion.

31 members of TG 6-19 Meiktila Flight graduated today and it was the third graduation this year done behind closed doors.

It has been a tough few months for the graduates who were not able to hug loved ones and share the day in person as per usual, but the occasion was celebrated virtually.

Prizes were given out to graduates who had excelled in a particular area on the course.
Prizes were given out to graduates who had excelled in a particular area on the course.

Stephen Turner , officer commanding training wing, said: "Occasions like this are usually marked with ceremony in keeping with the scale of achievement and endeavour; though today’s graduation is deliberately a more sombre event, owing to COVID-19 mitigation measures, I am delighted to welcome friends and family to share in the occasion, albeit virtually and from the relative safety of your own homes.

"The Gunners on parade should feel justifiably proud of their achievement and the contributions they will make in the coming weeks and months in support to the Nation’s priorities. Now, more than ever, their new motto rings true – Per Ardua (through adversity)."

Although family members were not permitted to be there today, there was a special appearance for one of the trainees.

The occasion was livestreamed so family members could be there virtually.
The occasion was livestreamed so family members could be there virtually.

Charlie Fitch, 19, was surprised by brother Jesse, 18, who is currently training on El Alamein Flight, so a bit behind his big brother in the process.

On what was coincidentally Jesse's eighteenth birthday, he was allowed out from training to congratulate his brother in person.