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The Royal Wessex Yeomanry

As part of the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) The Royal Wessex Yeomanry is the South West of England's only Yeomanry regiment. The Royal Wessex Yeomanry has four squadrons and has Army Reserve centres in the counties of Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The Royal Wessex Yeomanry is the nation's Armoured Reserve Regiment, which, along with the Queen's Royal Hussars, King's Royal Hussars and Royal Tank Regiment, provides the armoured element to the Army's Reaction Force.

Royal Wessex Yeomanry soldier on exercise.Consisting of a Regimental Headquarters and five squadrons located across the South West of England, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry is equipped with the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, one of the world's most complex and advanced armoured fighting vehicles.

Our role is to provide fully trained tank crews and highly skilled officers and soldiers in support of the Regular Army on exercise and operations.

D (Royal Devon Yeomanry) Squadron

The Royal Devon Yeomanry has locations in South Devon - Paignton and Exeter.

The squadron trains and provides Challenger 2 crewmen in support of Regular regiments of the Royal Armoured Corps.

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Live-firing exercise with Challenger 2

As their colleagues drove to work through the morning rush hour on Monday, 40 Army Reservists were preparing to climb on board one of the most sophisticated and complex armoured fighting vehicles in the world: the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.

On civvy street they might be mechanics, carpenters, accountants and even a dance teacher, but their other job - and other life - is as Reservists serving in The Royal Wessex Yeomanry.

Challenger 2 tank live-firing

Our equipment

Challenger 2

Challenger 2 is the British Army's main battle tank. It is based on the Challenger 1 tank and served with distinction on operations in the Gulf War and the Balkans.

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