This will be the first nine-aircraft show since 2021 and will feature manoeuvres not seen for a generation in the Red Arrows display routine. It will also be the only Red Arrow display to feature in Northern Ireland this year as part of their sparkling milestone celebrations.

The Red Arrows have been inspiring generations for sixty years and their aim is to inspire even more people during their diamond season.

A dynamic display of aerobatic brilliance over the scenic shores of Belfast Lough will add a sparkle of magic to this special day, honouring the men and women of the Armed Forces.

Air displays by the RAF Tutor and the iconic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, will also form part of a sterling line-up for Armed Forces Day 2024 on 22nd June.

Speaking at the today’s launch of Armed Forces Day, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Mark Cooper BEM said:

“It is a privilege to host Armed Forces Day again in our Borough. To have the Red Arrows headline this special day as part of their 60th diamond season celebrations is a crowning accomplishment. Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to show our support for our military personnel – past, present and future and this year features a special commemoration marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

“Our Borough has a long standing history with the military and I know this event will attract thousands of visitors from across Northern Ireland and beyond.  I want to thank the Belfast International and Belfast City Airports and the Harbour Commissioner for their support in making this happen.”

Air Marshal Sean Reynolds, CB CBE DFC RAF, Air Officer Northern Ireland added:

“I am delighted to confirm that the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows will showcase the excellence of the RAF at the Armed Forces Day 24 in Northern Ireland with a thrilling display as part of their 60th Diamond Season.  The ‘Reds’ will be accompanied by the RAF Tutor Display and the iconic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster Display at what is promising to be a fantastic day out at Jordanstown Loughshore Park with special thanks to our hosts at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.”

Brigadier J Murray 38 (Irish) Brigade added his appreciation for the support shown for our Armed Forces:

“On behalf of 38 (Irish) Brigade and all service and civilian personnel I would like to thank the Councillors, the officers and staff of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council plus the community for their continued support for their Armed Forces. It will be a great honour for us to show you a little of what we do and to meet the community that we serve on Armed Forces Day 2024.

Adding his gratitude, Brigadier A Muddiman ADC – Naval Regional Commander Scotland and Northern Ireland said:

“The Royal Navy and Royal Marines are greatly looking forward to celebrating Armed Forces Day Northern Ireland and are grateful to the excellent support being offered to us by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.  We very much look forward to meeting members of the community on the day.

A vibrant parade made up of over 600 military personnel , demonstrations, Beating retreat, an amazing military village, children’s entertainment and a gun salute are just some of the other highlights planned for Armed Forces Day 2024, a free family day out for everyone to enjoy.