4th Battalion Update – January 2016
It has been a busy period with Lieutenant Colonel Mark Yates assuming command in October. The numbers of soldiers and officers joining the Battalion continues to grow.
Operations and Training
The Battalion continues to grow and we have increased by 20% over the recent period. This is down to the efforts of the recruiters, especially in mentoring and nurturing the potential and new recruits. Working with Regimental HQ, 1 and 2 YORKS over the coming months we will look to see how we best employ our recruiters across the region to support the Regimental effort.
In September, the Battalion undertook an Annual Deployment Exercise (ADE) Exercise YORKSHIRE OVERLORD which presented a chance to catch up on much needed courses and familiarisation training for the new equipment that appeared last year.
The main focus before Christmas was preparation for a Short Term Training Team (STTT) deployment to Uganda. 4 YORKS personnel were supported by staff from 77 Brigade and soldiers from the US, French and Danish Armies. The training developed for the Ugandan People Defence Force (UPDF) covered basic field skills all the way through to battlegroup operations, culminating in a successful 3-day exercise.
The following appointment took place:
- Lieutenant Colonel M YATES appointed Commanding Officer
- Major SP HINDMARCH appointed Battalion Second in Command
- Major S JONES appointed Officer Commanding Corunna Company
- Major D THOMPSON appointed Officer Commanding B Company
Sport & Adventurous Training
Post the August adventurous training period large numbers participating in the ADE took part in water sports close to Lydd Camp and a small team based on Alma company has taken part in this season's Army cross country competitions.
In the next few months we will continue to make the most of our close proximity, working closely with 2 YORKS – starting with Ex WESSEX STORM this month. 17 soldiers go to Austria on Ex YORKSHIRE EAGLE, a ski training camp and a Platoon will go to Australia (EX MORLAN COURT) for a 2-week training exercise in March. Looking ahead to the summer, 4 YORKS will provide project coordination for the Regiment’s 10th Anniversary celebrations in June.