2nd Battalion Update – November 2014
This month the Battalion finished providing the Theatre Reserve Battalion and in now responsible for guarding the UK Retained sites around Cyprus.
Operations and Training
Currently,the Battalion have a Short Term Training Team (STTT) deployed in Erbil, Iraq training the Peshmerga in the use of heavy weapons and revising their basic infantry skills. The STTT is based around Burma Company, supported by Quebec (Support) Company.
In preparation for the Battalion’s move back to Catterick in August 15, it has begun converting to a Light Mechanized role. This includes driver training on the FOX HOUND, RWMIK and MASTIFF vehicles, as well re-roling the third platoon in each rifle coy as a machine gun platoon, converting the Fire Support Group Platoon to Anti-Tanks and training the Assault Pioneers.
The Rifle Companies have also been deployed on Overseas Exercises, most recently Alma Coy went to Romania for three weeks and Burma Coy will be going to the Falkland Islands.
Sport and Adventure Training
The Battalion has almost completed the Duke of Wellington’s Trophy, awarded for Inter Coy Sport. The events are Football, Rugby, Cross Country running and Triathlon. Currently, Quebec Company are in the lead, with only the rugby competition left. The Battalion is also mounting a series of Adventure Training Expeditions, namely Mountaineering on Mont Blanc, Trekking in the Drankensberg Mountains in South Africa and Diving in the Red Sea.
The following appointment took place:
- Major ARR TOWNEND – Battalion Second in Command
- Major JJ AYRE appointed Officer Commanding Alma Coy
- Major M CLOUGH appointed Officer Commanding Burma Coy
- Major A BREACH appointed Officer Commanding Quebec (Support) Coy
- Major AW PLEDGER appointed Officer Commanding Helmand Coy
- Captain CWL LUNN MC appointed Adjutant
The Battalion looks forward to our return to Catterick in Summer 2015 and re-role to a Light Mechanised Battalion under 4 Infantry Brigade.