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2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

2 YORKS is a light mechanised infantry battalion and part of 4th Infantry Brigade and HQ North East, one of the Army's adaptable brigades.  It is equipped the FOXHOUND Protected Patrol Vehicle and a range of small arms and support weapons.  Foxhound is an agile and versatile vehicle perfectly fitting the battalion's new role.  2 YORKS is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Humphris MBE.

2nd Battalion Update – March 2017

The Battalion is shifting from high-profile high-readiness to focussing on Mission Specific Training for the upcoming deployment to Afghanistan on Operation TORAL 5.

Operations and Training
The Battalion handed over the European Union Battlegroup commitment on New Year’s Day and the United Kingdom Standby Battalion (North) commitment in mid-February. 2 YORKS have a residual readiness responsibility but are effectively free to commit fully to making themselves excellent for the operational deployment and are ready and prepared for operations. They are exceptionally well trained and a successful deployment on Operation MOONWALKER (Lincolnshire Flood Relief), a repeat Gold at CAMBRIAN PATROL and our domination of the 4th Infantry Brigade Military Skills Competition, all point to that preparedness.

Corunna Coy deployed on Ex PILGRIMS PROGRESS, the Special Force Selection Escape and Evasion exercise. As Hunter Force they set about the task of finding those candidates with alacrity. It was a fantastic opportunity for a Company Group, as they captured a record haul of Tier One candidates.

At the end of last year, on Ex CAMBRIAN PATROL the Battalion repeated the previous year's success, with another Gold medal.   Two of the patrol (Privates Nutter and Dixon) hold the rare distinction of being in both teams – a wonderful achievement.  The team’s preparations had been limited but they had been the nucleus of one of the teams during Ex ROVING RAT.  We had overloaded the competition in an attempt to de-heat our programme, triple-hatting it as the Hamilton Trophy and the main event of the Duke of York’s competition.   The competition was tough – spread across three days in Otterburn – and our domination of it, a pleasure to behold finishing 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th.  A satisfying barometer of our training and commitment. Corunna went on to win the Duke of York’s competition with strong performances in the military skills week we held in November.

No appointments have taken place.

Sport & Adventurous Training
This year’s Duke of Wellington’s competition went to Quebec Coy – after a superb inter-Company boxing night was won by Burma Coy.  The rugby team were undefeated last year – winning all their Championship games and each of their Premiership fixtures, post promotion.   2 YORKS have also used sport as a focus to improve theirr deployability, hit as it has been by the intensity of the training year.  With some inspirational outside sports speakers, accurate and focused training sessions and bespoke training plans they have upgraded 3.4 per cent of the Battalion – almost a platoon’s worth of men back into the fight for Operation TORAL 5.

The last six months has made 2 YORKS better prepared and they start Mission Specific Training this month brimming with confidence, however the threat in Kabul is as vivid now as it ever was in HERRICK days and almost all the Battalion will deploy over the eight months from August.

1st Battalion [1 YORKS]

1 YORKS is an Armoured Infantry battalion equipped with the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle. The high levels of protection, firepower, ground mobility and sustainability make them well suited to providing both shock action and the endurance element of any operational force.

The 1st Battalion is part of 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade and is based in Warminster, Wiltshire.

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