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7th Light Mechanised Brigade Combat Team

The Desert Rats

7th Light Mechanised Brigade Combat Team, ‘The Desert Rats’ is the Army’s deployable Light Mechanised Brigade. The Brigade consists of a light cavalry regiment, four light mechanised infantry battalions, and a light infantry battalion, with supporting artillery, engineering, logistics and medical regiments integrated into the Brigade Combat Team. Operating from highly mobile Jackal and Foxhound protected mobility vehicles the Brigade can rapidly deploy and is highly manoeuvrable, delivering infantry anywhere on the battlefield.


The Brigade's Role

The Brigade has a number of tasks including:

  • Combat operations
  • NATO commitments; Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (Land), the NATO spearhead and Strategic Response Force Battle Group for Kosovo.
  • Standing commitments; Cyprus, Falkland Islands.
  • State ceremonial and public duties including gun salutes at Edinburgh, Hillsborough and York.
  • Army lead for the capability development light mechanised cavalry and infantry.
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Brigade Units

  • 1st Battalion Scots Guards
  • 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (The Tigers)
  • 1st Battalion The Royal Yorkshire Regiment
  • 1 Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
  • 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment (The Poachers)
  • 3 Medical Regiment
  • 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (The Highlanders)
  • 4 Regiment Royal Artillery (The Fighting Forth)
  • 6 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps
  • 32 Engineer Regiment
  • 105 Regiment Royal Artillery (Reserve)
  • Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Headquarters and Unit Locations