4th Battalion Update – June 2015
The significant pace of change as a result of the battalion joining 4th Infantry Brigade has continued throughout this period.
Operations and Training
Post Exercise ASKARI STORM 2, the battalion has been learning the lessons of integrating with our paired unit on an overseas exercise. The proof of concept of Reserve and Regular unit integration was tested and proved very useful with more trials ahead. This summer the battalion pairing changes with the arrival of 2 YORKS in Catterick, fresh from a few years out in Cyprus.
This year the Battalion will have a UK based Annual Deployment Exercise (ADE) which will be a welcome break after all the overseas exercises. The opportunity presents us with the chance to come together and catch up on much needed career courses, individual training and familiarisation training for the wealth of new equipment that has appeared over the last year.
The shooting team competed in both the Brigade and the inaugural Army Reserve phase of 1st (UK) Division's Operations Shooting Competitions at Catterick. Building on this and participation in this year's Exercise Race the Sun, a team is preparing for the Brigade's military skills competition and participation in this year's Exercise Cambrian Patrol this autumn.
Members of the battalion undertook a battlefield study to Normandy returning just in time to take part in a challenging battalion Field Training Exercise on Feldom Training Area, north of Catterick.
The following appointment took place:
- Captain A NANCOLAS appointed Officer Commanding Alma Company
Sport & Adventurous Training
During this period little sport or adventurous training has taken place, although individuals continue to participate in local triathlons, assault course style challenges and Alma Company recently completed this year's Hull 10K challenge, each carrying 25kg of kit.
The Battalion’s immediate plans include the exercising of the Freedom of the City of Leeds alongside one guard from 2 YORKS. Thereafter, a group heads off to Egypt on a diving expedition, we deploy on ADE to Kent in September and a team attends our third Short Term Training Team to Uganda at the end of the year.