1 LANCS working with the Afghan National Police
The 1st Battalion is based in Catterick, North Yorkshire and is part of 4th Mechanized Brigade. It is a light role infantry battalion, which means that it can be deployed by a number of means including helicopters, vehicles and on foot.
The Battalion is heavily involved in training and this year each of its rifle companies has deployed on an overseas exercise, either to France, Estonia or Poland. The Battalion has also conducted live firing exercises in Otterburn and Scotland and has deployed individuals on training tasks to Uganda and Morocco. This focus on training will continue over the next six months with further exercises in the UK, Germany and Cyprus.
In February 2015 the Battalion will deploy to Kenya for a major six week-long exercise, supported by artillery and engineers – in total some 1000 personnel. This will be the culmination of its training and the exercise will take place in some of the most challenging terrain that the British Army has to offer. After Kenya the next major event is the Battalion’s move to Cyprus in the summer of 2015. The Battalion will be based there for three years until 2018.
Away from training, a large number of personnel take part regularly in sport and adventurous training. The Battalion currently has the best alpine skiing team in the Infantry and will be defending its title this winter. In addition football, rugby league, cricket and triathlon are major sports. This year 10 adventurous training expeditions have taken place across Europe, including sky diving and mountain biking, and over 150 personnel have taken part in them.