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Exciting plans for Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2024 are revealed

Plymouth’s spectacular Armed Forces Day returns to Plymouth Hoe this summer with an epic programme of displays, interaction demonstrations and entertainment.

The exciting line-up for the Day was revealed at a launch event marking 100 days until Armed Forces Day 2024 which will be celebrated on Saturday 29 June.

The launch was hosted by the Royal Navy at HMS Drake. Captain David Preece Royal Navy, Deputy Naval Base Commander & Captain of the Base, presented the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Mark Shayer, with the Armed Forces flag. Members from Babcock, Plymouth City Council and representatives from each military service, veterans, cadets and Military Kids Club also attended.

The launch event saw the firing of a gun round to mark the 100 days countdown to Armed Forces Day. Additional photos were taken at the waterside.


Plymouth Armed Forces Day is a celebration and a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. It is expected that over 45,000 people will flock to Plymouth Hoe, to enjoy the family-fun event.

This year’s line-up will see audiences wowed by the all-day arena and stage programme, interactive displays and challenges, military vehicles and equipment, thrilling demonstrations and parades. 

“I’m delighted that we can launch this year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Day here at HMS Drake in HMNB Devonport,” said HMNB Devonport’s Captain of the Base, Captain David Preece.  

“It is an important date in our calendar which allows people, communities, and organisations across the City to show their support for the many Service People who live and work in Plymouth.”

Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Mark Shayer, said: “Plymouth’s Armed Forces Day is one of the biggest in the country – outside of the National event, and we are extremely proud to have this opportunity to show our support to the military, serving to reservists, veterans, cadets and their families, and to thank them for the great work they do.

“Following today’s launch event, I am really looking forward to this year’s Armed Forces Day, it’s looking to be a brilliant day with lots of activities to watch and take part in.”

“We have been proud sponsors of Plymouth Armed Forces Day for many years, and it is fantastic to support it once again in 2023, said Dave Tytherleigh from Babcock’s Leadership Team at Devonport.

This is one of the biggest events in the city’s calendar and provides an excellent opportunity for the community to thank our Armed Forces and recognise the critical role they play in keeping our country safe – something Babcock is hugely proud to support on a day-to-day basis.”


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