The 1st Battalion, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
IntroductionThe 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment is a light role infantry battalion. Based in Catterick Garrison in the North East of England. Whilst it is based in the North East it recruits from the North West and most of its members originate from Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. The Battalion is made up of five Companies. Anzio company, Burma Company, Coruna Company, Somme Company and Helles Company.
In the Light Role the Battalion does not rely upon vehicles and operates primarily on its feet. This said the employment of the Battalion is so varied that it takes advantage of the latest military vehicles and helicopters to manoeuvre around the Battle field.
Currently the 1st Battalion has soldiers deployed around the world. Locations include Afghanistan, Cyprus and Kenya.
In Afghanistan the Battalion has its Coruna Company, Somme Company and Head quarters working in and around the city of Lashkar-Gah in support of the Afghan National Police (ANP) Force. They are taking responsibility for security and the Battalions role here has changed from conducting operations to target Insurgents to support the ANP’s operations. Through the hard work of the Battalion the ANP are now planning and conducting their own operations and will be ready to provide security once the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) withdraws.
Anzio Company is deployed as part of the Brigade Advisory Group (BAG). Their task is to work closely with the Afghan National Army (ANA) and mentor them and bring them to a standard that they can operate confidently and independently.
The United Nations has a peace keeping mission to Cyprus called Operation TOSCA. It separates the Turkish North from the Cypriot South.
Currently the 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s has a Platoon deployed here. They are responsible to not only monitor the cease fire but to de-escalate any tension that may occur between the two countries.
Our Burma Company is currently supporting British troops exercising in Kenya. Burma Company have just returned from Operation HERRICK 17 and after enjoying Christmas at home deployed to Kenya on Exercise Grand Prixs. This is a large Battle Group exercise including all aspects of modern conflict. Our soldiers will take part in counter insurgency training as well as more convention combat training.
Due to the remoteness of the location that the soldiers will train, they will be able to use live ammunition.
Burma Company, whilst busy will find time to take part in adventurous training as well as witnessing first hand the wildlife that Kenya has to offer.
April 2013 saw the Battalion re-unite in the North East. Due to the high tempo of the year so far the soldiers received a substantial period of leave to see their families and relax. On return from this leave, there was large amount of adventurous training that the soldiers enjoyed. Whilst it’s been a busy year, this is always balanced with opportunities to have fun and relax.