1st Battalion Update – March 2015
Over thee winter the battalion completed two major exercises, re-subordinated into the newly renamed 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade and prepares to become the British Army’s Lead Armoured Battlegroup.
Operations and Training
The Battalion completed Exercise PRAIRIE STORM in British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) in late October. The exercise was a great success achieving Collective Training Level 4 and was considered one of the best Battlegroups to go through BATUS in the last three years.
In November, having just returned from Canada, the Battalion deployed as the Opposing Force (OPFOR) for Ex WESSEX STORM; the largest exercise held in the UK during 2014. In December the Battalion completed its last Land Warfare Centre Battlegroup task before re-subordinating into 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade. In March, the Battalion conduct Exercise TRACTABLE, a test exercise to rehearse the Lead Armoured Task Force activation and deployment.
Sport and Adventure Training
There has been continued investment in sport and promoting the Regiment’s strong sporting reputation and ethos. The Battalion football team is through to the Infantry Cup semi-final and faces 4 RIFLES on 27 March. They are currently placed first in the central premiership and play 10 Training Battalion REME and are in the 3rd Division Football Cup Final.
The Battalion entered two rugby teams into the Army Rugby Union competition this year; the first team in the Premiership and a developmental squad (Hindoostan XV) in the Championship. The first team reached the Army Cup semi-final and narrowly lost to 12th Regiment Royal Artillery 8–10. The Hindoostan XV has gone one step further, securing a place in the Championship Plate final.
The Battalion sent a novice alpine skiing team to France on Ex FROSTED BLADE; they performed well and intend to build on their success.
In April, the Battalion prepares to assume the Lead Armoured Battlegroup (LABG) role and focus on individual readiness, armoured crew courses and vehicle fleet preparation.