4th Battalion Update – March 2015
The most significant news of the period has been 4 YORKS subordination into 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East on 1st December 2014. Our former regional formation 15 (North East) Brigade merged with operational 4th Mechanized Brigade to form this new adaptable force formation. There has been a significant change in pace as a result of the change.
Operations and Training
The Battalion is firmly focused on delivering operational output in support of our paired unit, 1 LANCS and the Brigade. We still have regional responsibilities for civil engagement and national resilience and we retain the overall responsibility for the management and routine of Regimental recruiting activity for both Regulars and Reserve.
The Battalion is showing significant growth as we move to our new Army 2020 structure; we are well on our way to achieve recruiting and retention targets. A request for change from the rebasing orders given to the Battalion within Army 2020 was accepted in order to allow the Stockton Road Army Reserve Centre to remain in place of Scarborough.
In December 2014, we deployed Corunna Company (supported by elements of Alma and Helmand Companies) to Cyprus on Ex. LIONS STAR 9 - the second of this year’s Annual Deployment Exercises (ADE). The exercise was particularly successful as it integrated Regular soldiers from 1 LANCS and was also supported by 2 YORKS.
In March, we deployed 70 personnel on Ex. ASKARI STORM 2 with 1 LANCS. This is a fantastic effort by the Reserves to be able to commit this number for a third overseas deployment in a single training year.
The following appointments took place:
- Major S KESTERTON appointed Quartermaster
- Warrant Officer Class 1 M SYRON appointed Regimental Sergeant Major
- Captain P HARRISON appointed Regimental Sub Unit Support Officer
Sport & Adventurous Training
The Battalion sent a contingent of novice and experienced skiers to Ex. FROSTED BLADE, the boot camp Infantry Skiing Championships in France. We were second best Reserve unit and had two of our team placed in the top 30 for the first time - well done 2nd Lieutenant Dower and Private Lovett.
The Battalion’s immediate plans include a battlefield study to Normandy in May, exercise the Freedom of the City of Leeds in June, go diving in Egypt, deploy on ADE to Kent in September, attend our third Short Term Training Team to Uganda and the brigade military skills competition in September. Now is the time to be in the Reserves and 4 YORKS is the Reserve unit to be in in the North East.