1st Battalion Update – January 2016
The last period saw the Battalion complete Operations DRAGON and ORBITAL and handover responsibility as Lead Armoured Battlegroup within the Brigade.
Operations and Training
The battalion deployment as the Lead Armoured Battle Group (LABG) to Poland - Operation DRAGON dominated the second half of 2015. The BG deployed by road, rail and air a total of over a 1000 personnel and 200 vehicles to Drawsko Pomorski Training Area in northwest Poland. 1 YORKS worked with Polish and German Armed Forces to a Polish Brigade for a large-scale combined arms exercise as well as a live-fire demonstration. The training provided an excellent opportunity to develop tactics, techniques and procedures learned during the training year in BATUS (Canada) and give some of the new soldiers in the Battalion some invaluable training in a complex environment.
The Battalion has also handed over responsibility as LABG for 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade which we have held since April 2015. At the start of this year we also handed over responsibility for the Short Term Training Team (STTT) to Ukraine on Operation ORBITAL. 1 YORKS had been tasked with that responsibility since May 2015.
Since returning and taking some well-earned leave, the battalion is now concentrating on other tasks and supporting the rest of the army on large-scale exercises mostly on Salisbury Plain.
Sport and Adventure Training
1 YORKS continue to succeed on the sports pitch. Both the football and rugby teams are progressing well in their respective competitions and are hoping to bring home even more silverware this season. The 1 YORKS Alpine ski team won best infantry team overall on Exercise FROSTED BLADE. The Battalion are holding an inter-company boxing night in March. Capt Duncan White has been selected to ski for the Army in the inter-services championships.
Alma and Burma Company are deploying on exercise to the Falkland Islands in the summer and Corunna Company are deploying to Canada to provide enemy forces and support other units training in Suffield this summer.