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.
1st Battalion Update – June 2015
It has been a busy period for 1 YORKS who assumed the role of the Lead Armoured Battle Group on the 1st of April 2015.
Operations and Training
The Battalion is now held at readiness and must be ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice. The rifle companies have been concentrating on their mounted and dismounted training with an emphasis on live fire ranges.
They have also been re-learning some old tactics including public disorder and riot control, which has been a completely new experience for many of the newer soldiers in the Battalion.
Sport and Adventure Training
The Battalion has continued its sporting excellence and both the rugby and football teams have seen success on the pitch. The Hindoostan XV (development team) won the Army Championship Plate Competition beating 14 Signal Regiment at Cardiff Arms Park.
The 1st XI football team beat the Royal Welsh to win the Infantry Cup. The Rugby League team has also seen more success winning the Army 9's competition and more success winning the Divisional 7's competition.
The focus remains on the deployment of the 1 YORKS Battlegroup to Poland on Exercise DRAGON in September. This will prove to be a big test for the logistics elements of the Battalion as well as a great opportunity to work alongside our NATO partners. The Battalion will conduct Freedom parades in Yorkshire in June ensuring our Yorkshire footprint remains strong whilst supporting the Regimental focus on having a Yorkshire Regiment battalion in Yorkshire for the first time in 8 years, with the return of 2 YORKS from Cyprus.