1st Battalion Update – July 2013
The 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, has returned to its role as Armoured Infantry after Operation HERRICK 16. It assumed the role of Land Warfare Centre Battlegroup (LWC BG) in June.
In July, we undertook six Freedom parades in Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Halifax. Thereafter, our 'old' 3 YORKS Colours were laid up in Halifax Minster and an exchange of Colours parade took place at the end of July when we became 1 YORKS.
Operations and Training
Training has been focussed on armoured vehicles and revision of basic skills. Collective training has been to level 2, both in light and armoured roles. Battlegroup Headquarters undertook Command and Support Trainer (CAST) and Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (CATT) in preparation for our new role.
Following leave we received 150+ soldiers from the 'old' 2 YORKS just in time for our exchange of Colours parade.
The following appointments took place:
- Warrant Officer Class One P SIMMS appointed Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM)
- Captain SR DAVIES appointed Adjutant
Sport & Adventurous Training
Activities so far have included:
- Skiing in Austria and Bavaria
- Surfing in France
- Sea kayaking, golf and sailing.
- Expeditions will continue until the end of 2013.
The Battalion won the 4th Division rugby sevens and reached the quarter finals of the Army sevens. In fifteen-a-side we drew against the Royal military Academy Sandhurst. The rugby team completed a tour of Australia this summer. The football team completed a tour of the south-western states of the USA in March.
The battalion left 12 (Mechanised) Brigade and re-subordinated to Collective Training Group (CTG) in order to become the LWC BG.
All three Rifle Companies are confirmed as going to Kenya in 2013/14.