1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment
1 YORKS is an armoured infantry battalion and part of 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade, one of the Army’s deployable brigades. It is equipped with the WARRIOR Armoured Fighting Vehicle, in a role which allows them to provide shock action and endurance to any operational force. They are experts in mounted close combat. 1 YORKS is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Garner MBE.
1st Battalion Update – September 2015
Through the period we have been preparing for Operation DRAGON in Poland as the Brigade's Lead Armoured Battle Group.
Operations and Training
The efforts made earlier in the year are now paying off. Exercise TRACTABLE (in March) rehearsed the activation and deployment of the entire LABG fleet (400+ vehicles) and personnel (1000+), it involved vehicles and personnel moving to air and sea ports of disembarkation and practising the loading of vehicles onto rail flatbeds. A military shipping exercise provided an excellent learning opportunity, it also provided time to develop our driving, gunnery and commanders skills and fire JAVELIN and the new our Light Anti-Armour missiles.
The Battalion assumed the LABG task in April (as part of 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade) and is ready to deploy on operations at short notice. All the hard work and preparation was put to the test in May when the Battalion received orders to quickly deploy a Short Term Training Team (STTT) to Ukraine on Operation ORBITAL. Within nine days members of Corunna Company were in country. The Battalion continues to provide STTTs since May with the task enduring until January 2016.
Sport and Adventure Training
There has been continued investment in sport and promoting the Regiment’s links to Yorkshire. The 2014-2015 season concluded with the Battalion’s football team winning the Infantry Cup and the Hindostan XV (Battalion developmental squad) winning the Army Rugby Championship competition. June saw the Battalion conduct a week of Freedom Parades throughout Yorkshire and the support we received from the general public was fantastic and very humbling.
Currently, we are focused on Exercise DRAGON and completing our part in Operation ORBITAL.