106 (Yeomanry) Regiment RA
Air Defence Regiment
A truly unique unit within the RA, it is the Army's only reserve Air Defence Regiment with units based in London, Portsmouth and Southampton. The Regiments dual capability of the High Velocity Missile (HVM) comes from its ability to deploy in the light Air Assault Role with Lightweight Multiple Launcher (LML) and Armoured Self Propelled (SP), the most versatile Regiment.
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106 Regiment Operations and Training
Sport and Adventurous Training
106 (Yeomanry) Regiment prides itself on its high quality sports man and women competing in a wide variety of sporting fields:
5 a side football, winter sports (skiing + snowboarding), water sports (sailing), cross country, tennis, squash, boxing, and golf
The Regiment has had success in ladies badminton with one individual playing at army level and achieving gold in the doubles and silver in the singles earlier this year, rugby sees soldiers playing at a Regimental level and under taking army level trails.
As part of Ubique 300, the 300th Anniversary of the Royal Artillery will see troops from 106 (Yeomanry) Regiment in Cyprus, adventure training.
A small team will also be setting off for sailing in the Caribbean this summer as part of the Ubique 300 Atlantic sailing series.
Over the summer of 2014 members of 106 (Yeomanry) Regiment under took the arduous challenge of road cycling from John ‘o’ Groats to Lands’ End in 7 days covering on average 135miles per day through some of the harshest conditions the United Kingdom had to offer.
In January 2015 saw a small six man team depart for Flachau, Austria, for the RA Snowboarding Championships. The team spent the first week of the two week trip training for the subsequent completion week. The team managed to pull off 1st place in the reserve unit categories and 12th of 22 in the regular and reserves combined series competing in slalom, slope style and parallel giant slalom.
A small group of reserve soldiers will have the opportunity later this year to travel to Cyprus as part of the Royal Artillery 300th Anniversary Celebration.
Visiting the United Nations whilst on patrol along Greek – Turkish Cypriot border as well as visiting some of the famous battle grounds from the 1974 Turkish invasion. The group will also have the chance absorb some of the varied culture that Cyprus has to offer and conduct some adventurous training in the sun.
Falklands Firing Camp
The Regiment is planning to deploy a battery strength contingent principally from 265 Battery to the Falklands to undertake live fire training on the HVM weapon system in both the LML and shoulder launch set up. This is a fantastic opportunity for the soldiers to demonstrate the high level of knowledge they learned and apply it in a practical and challenging environment.
The Exercise will also include visits to some of the famous sites from the 1982 Falklands war giving the Regiment a chance to reflect on the great challenges that their predecessors had to face.
Operations and Training
The Regiment found itself in the mix of it during the 2012 London Olympics. The Regiment supported the games by providing air defence detachments to a number of sights in London to ensure safety and security of London. The Regiment also provided man power to assist spectators in a smooth and successful Olympic Games.
Over the years 106 (yeomanry) Regiment has supported on-going operations by sending individuals to; Afghanistan, Iraq and Cyprus to support the Regular Army’s on going engagements and commitments.
This is one main reason why people are attracted to a life in the Army Reserve. The reserve forces offer its soldier the chance to select training and career courses around there civilian lives making the process flexible and available to everyone. The opportunity to travel is never far away for example, in the last year, four members of 265 Battery took part in a two-week NATO air defence exercise in the Czech Republic and soldiers also spent six weeks on an infantry exercise in the jungles of Belize with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.
Along with traditional sport the Regiment gets involved in military sporting events such as the operational shooting team who are currently away training. The arduous and gruelling Cambrian Patrol which test the individuals soldiering abilities against one another in small teams across the Brecon Beacons, the Regiment is looking to the newly trained soldiers to enter again this coming winter.
Saalbach Hinterglem Austria completing military ski foundation
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