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C (FFY/SH) Sqn

Role

SNIY C Squadron

C (Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse) Squadron provides a strategically deployable Light Cavalry capability which is employable across a wide range of operations, from Peace Support Operations through to major Combat Operations. Its aim is to get out among local populations to find the enemy and key local personalities, understand the local cultures and sensitivities and influence as required. The Squadron is formally paired with a regular Light Cavalry Squadron from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards based in Leuchars (Scotland). Over the past 12 months, our soldiers and officers have been involved in a variety of overseas operations and exercises, including Afghanistan, Cyprus, Germany and the USA.


Training

C(FFY/SH) Squadron is equipped with Refurbished Weapons Mounted Installation Kit (R-WMIK) Land Rovers, which are highly mobile weapons platforms carrying Heavy and General Purpose Machine Guns. Our soldiers train to crew and fight in these vehicles - each RWIMK requires a driver, gunner and commander. Some of the training is relevant to civilian work, for example, all RWMIK drivers have their civilian drivers licence (if required) and Category C driving licence training paid for by the Army. The Squadron employs Chefs, Medics, Storemen and Clerks in support of the combat troops. Training in all these supporting trades is provided and in most case has comparable civilian qualifications including City & Guilds.

History

C Sqn History

The Fife and Forefar Yeomanry (FFY) was formed in 1793 to counter the threat of invasion by France in the late 18th Century though it first saw service in the Boer War. The Regiment saw heavy fighting in the Great War and in November 1916 converted to infantry and became the Fourteenth Battalion The Black Watch. It also served with distinction during World War II, accumulating 22 battle honours in total. The Scottish Horse was raised in 1900 in South Africa (making it unique) for service in the Second Boer War.

The Regiment saw heavy fighting in both the Great War as the 13th Battalion of The Black Watch and in World War II as part of The Royal Artillery, accumulating 13 battle honours in total. Members of The Scottish Horse also served in Air Observation Post of the Royal Air Force. The two regiments were formally amalgamated in 1956 with the Regiment formally placed into suspended animation in 1969 and its soldiers transferring to the Royal Corps of Transport but maintaining the Squadron title.

In 1992 a Light Reconnaissance Yeomanry Squadron was reformed in Cupar within the newly formed Scottish Yeomanry with the existing territorial soldiers converting to the reconnaissance role. In 1998 the Squadron re-rolled again, this time as an Armed Reconnaissance Squadron being subsumed into the Queens Own Yeomanry. The Squadron has now been adopted into the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry orbat as a Light Cavalry Squadron.

Sports and Social

SNIY C SquadronOur soldiers take part in adventurous training at every opportunity; this regularly includes skiing and sailing, as well as other overseas opportunities. Opportunities to attain formal sporting and adventurous training qualifications through the Army are abundant. There is a strong social side to the Squadron as well, with various events throughout the year which are geared to involve both family and friends.

Visit us to find out more. We are based in Yeomanry House, Castlebank Road Cupar KY15 4BL in North East Fife, approximately 25 minutes from Dundee and Kirkcaldy and on the mainline from Edinburgh to Aberdeen. We train every Wednesday night, 7pm – 9:30pm, and on average one weekend a month.

If you are interested and want to find out more then come and see us on a Wednesday night between 7.30-9.30pm. Alternatively email SNIY-C-AO@mod.uk or telephone 01334656155.

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