The Black Rats

4th Light Brigade Combat Team

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Adaptable Force Brigade

4th Light Brigade Combat Team is a new, adaptable force brigade based in Yorkshire and the North East of England. This new formation comprises Regular and Reserve Army units that have the capability to carry out a wide range of missions.

'The Black Rats' are the lead light brigade in the newly formed Joint Expeditionary Force (Land), to provideĀ a scalable and widely employable non-standing force to suit niche or small to medium operations. This new formation is also capable of providing the core of a manoeuvre support brigade within a Vanguard division in a warfighting scenario.

The Brigade was established on 1 December 2014 and is headquartered in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire. In 2019 The Brigade Headquarters moved to new facilities at Bourlon Barracks.


  • The Light Dragoons

    Gaza Barracks, Jaffa Road, Catterick Garrison

  • The Queen's Own Yeomanry

    Fenham Barracks, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

    The Dale Barracks, Chester

  • 4th Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

    Kimberley Barracks, Preston

  • 2nd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment

    Somme Barracks, Horne Road, Catterick Garrison

  • 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment

    Worsley Barracks, Hospital Field Road, Fulford, York

  • HQ 4th Infantry Brigade and HQ Northeast

    Peronne Lines, Scotton Road, Catterick Garrison


British Army begin Exercise Trident Juncture

More than 1,600 troops and 1,000 vehicles and equipment have completed the 2,500km journey to Norway as the initial phase of Exercise Trident Juncture.

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Yorkshire soldiers heaped with Royal praise

Nearly 400 soldiers from Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire were awarded operational medals at a special presentation at Richmond Castle.

Defence engagement in action

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Royal Anglians on exercise in Egypt

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