2nd Battalion Update - December 2013
As the Theatre Reserve Battalion (TRB) based in Cyprus, 2 YORKS remain at high readiness to react quickly and decisively, anywhere within the region.
Summary of Activity
2 YORKS Company Groups continue to rotate through Reception, Staging, and Onward Integration Training (RSOI-T) in Afghanistan to maintain and update current Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs). Both Fire Support Group (FSG) and Mortar Platoons have conducted their specialist weapon cadres ensuring they are ready to support the Rifle Companies and the Battalion when required. The Battalion’s Lead Company will also assume the role as Commander British Forces Cyprus’s reserve, a Public Order trained company, able to assist the local authorities in the case of any civil unrest on the island.
Sport and Adventure Training
The Battalion football and cross county teams continue to perform well in their respective Cyprus leagues. Many individuals continue to enjoy the opportunities available to them in Cyprus. The Companies will compete for the Duke of Wellington’s Cup, awarded to the Company demonstrating the greatest sporting aptitude. This includes five sports; football, rugby, boxing, x-country running and triathlon. Battalion Inter-Company Boxing Competition Finals are in January 2014, therefore boxing training has started in earnest.
The Battalion will remain on high readiness over Christmas and New Year. Both Burma and Corunna Companies will return to the UK in February 2014 to participate in Exercise PASHTUN PANTHER, a Company Group level exercise in Thetford.
Alma Company will deploy on Exercise PASHTUN LINKS to support the Royal Engineers Explosive and Ordinance Disposal (EOD) units in Jordan in April 2014.
The Battalion will return to Catterick Garrison in 2015 and assume the role as a Light Role Protected Mobility (PM) Battalion as part of Army 2020 restructuring.