2nd Battalion Update – September 2015
The unit move from Cyprus to Catterick marks a seminal point for the Battalion as they get set for an incredibly busy, but exciting training year that will culminate in high profile high readiness as the European Union's Battle Group (EUBG).
Operations and Training
The Battalion looks forward to its new role and the coming training year and especially the opportunity of being 'YORKS in Yorkshire'. Many of the soldiers will be close to home, but will also be able to connect with the community that sustains them and that they represent.
Cyprus has been good for the Battalion – not least the deployments on Operation SHADER (Iraq) and the sport and adventurous training opportunities. Whilst building up our training competence for high readiness, they will also be converting to ‘Light Mechanised’ - a new and exciting capability that utilises a suite of Protect Patrol Vehicles optimised for strategic, operational and tactical mobility - quick to get into theatre and quick to provide effect – whilst at the same time providing the ability to generate serious firepower. It is a real challenge converting to this new role, getting tested and validated in such a short space of time.
Exercise WESSEX STORM in early 2016 will test and validated 2 YORKS as a UK Battlegroup and then they conduct a month-long Test Exercise, in conjunction with our European partners, which will validate us as the EUBG. The Battlegroup will be 1,500 strong, bolstered with soldiers from Latvian, Lithuanian, Finland, Sweden and Ireland. The last time the UK owned the commitment was three years ago and it’s an honour for the Battalion to be next.
The EUBG requires 2 YORKS to be in a particular shape and so they have restructured. Alma and Burma Company have been strengthened and will operate FOXHOUND vehicles; Corunna Company have been constituted with Recce, Javelin and Sniper Platoons as an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Company; Quebec Company have reorganised as a Fire and Manoeuvre Support Company (with Mortars, Machine Gun Platoons and the Assault Pioneer (Drums) Platoon); and Helmand Company contains all the Battalion's command and sustain capabilities.
The following appointment has taken place:
- Lieutenant Colonel S HUMPHRIS was appointed Commanding Officer
The climb ahead is an incredibly steep one for the battalion and the pace they will have to attack the challenge must be necessarily fast as part of 4th Infantry Brigade.