1st Battalion The Royal Welsh
The 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (1 R WELSH) is based at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth, Wiltshire and is the Lead Armoured Infantry Battalion in the British Army.
On 1 April 2014, the two regular Battalions of The Royal Welsh came together to form a larger battalion in the Armoured Infantry Role at Lucknow Barracks, Tidworth. As a result, the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh now operates as the Lead Armoured Infantry task force in the British Army; a new concept in Army 2020 and sees the Battalion regularly deploy to BATUS in order to remain at Full Operating Capability.
Members of the 1st Battalion have completed operational tours of both Iraq and Afghanistan and have recently deployed on Operation HERRICK 11 and Operation HERRICK 16. During Operation HERRICK 11, members of the battalion played a leading role spearheading Operation MOSHTARAK in order to clear insurgents from areas of central Helmand.
The battalion is equipped with the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle, enabling it to move swiftly around the battlefield delivering troops to the heart of the battle.