Catterick Reconnaissance Troops Honoured With Balkans NATO Mission Medals

A group of North Yorkshire-based soldiers have been congratulated on their successful mission in the Western Balkans by their Officer Commanding (OC).

Around 30 men from the Royal Lancers, who were supported by elements of the Intelligence Corps, were praised upon their return to Catterick after six months in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Major Andrew Horsfall, OC of D Squadron, said: “Throughout the tour, we had the challenge of Covid-19 and the restrictions that it posed. None of our people had any leave, which is pretty tough.”

The mission in Kosovo sees British troops providing support to NATO, while the Bosnia-Herzegovina task involved supporting the EU until the UK’s exit from the union earlier this year.

There were lots of different nationalities, so we integrated with them throughout Major Andrew Horsfall

The UK has been a key player in ensuring security and stability in the region since the 1990s and continues this role as part of a multinational coalition.

Major Horsfall said: “Working with international partners is clearly critical on a NATO mission. There were lots of different nationalities, so we integrated with them throughout. That wasn’t a problem.”

 

NATO troops operate throughout the fledgling Kosovan state, with British personnel providing expertise in the fields of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

The Royal Lancers, established in 2015, form part of the ‘eyes and ears’ of the modern British Army and are likely to be an important part of Future Soldier, the transformation of the service in the coming years.

We kept our finger on the pulse to identify any threats Corporal Lewis Westerman

Corporal Lewis Westerman, a team leader, said: “Reconnaissance is always going to be needed. We provide accurate and timely information. In Kosovo, we kept our finger on the pulse to identify any threats to the safe and secure environment.”

The role in the Balkans was previously filled by another of the Army’s armoured reconnaissance units, the famous Household Cavalry Regiment.