2nd Battalion Update – March 2015
Th Battalion is responsible for guarding the UK Retained sites around Cyprus until it's return to the UK in this summer.
Operations and Training
Despite the end of the Battalion’s commitment to Operation SHADER in Iraq, the Battalion still finds itself busy continuing to be the driving force behind Cyprus Operations. In addition to this responsibility, the Battalion has continued with its preparations to convert to the Army’s new Light Mechanised vehicles, FOXHOUND, HUSKY, RWIMK and MASTIFF.
The overseas deployments keep coming thick and fast with proposed exercises in Tunisia, Romania and Estonia on the horizons; these exercises promise to provide excellent training opportunities to sharpen the Rifle Company’s existing infantry skills, as well as fostering closer links with our allies throughout Europe and North Africa.
Closer to home, the specialist platoons of Quebec (Support) Company have recently completed two qualifying cadres which were run on Salisbury Plain Training Area. Sniper Platoon has ‘badged’ two new snipers as well refreshing and revising core skills for the remainder of the platoon. The Anti-Tank Platoon saw 25 soldiers qualify on a range of weapon systems including the Javelin Anti-Tank Missile, Grenade Machine Gun and Heavy Machine Gun, adding significant ‘punch’ to the Battalions’ capabilities.
The career development of our soldiers remains a key area we invest in with a several soldiers having successfully completed their first promotional course. We have also maintained a steady trickle of our junior commanders attending career courses at the Infantry Battle School.
Sport and Adventure Training
The Battalion Rugby Team recently sent a 15-man squad to compete in the Cape Town 10s in South Africa. After having facing some stiff competition the team managed to qualify for The Bowls Competition, eventually winning the event.
The Battalion has also completed a scuba diving expedition in Cyprus and has a mountaineering expedition in the Scottish Highlands in the pipeline.
The Battalion moves to Catterick in Summer 2015 and re-roles to a Light Mechanised Battalion under 4th Infantry Brigade.