160th (Welsh) Brigade is the Army's connection to the government and society of Wales, supporting the Union, shaping the recruiting environment; delivering firm base support and is the tactical headquarters for the delivery of UK Ops within Wales. Supporting the development of war-fighting capability, through the delivery of Ex Cambrian Patrol.
Units affiliated with Wales
Located in Wales - Within the Brigade
- 1st Battalion The Rifles
- 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh
- 14 Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare)
- 104 Regiment Royal Artillery
- 157 (Welsh) Regiment RLC
- 203 Field Hospital
- Infantry Battle School
- The Royal Monmouthshire RE (Militia)
- Wales UOTC
Welsh Combat Units - Not in the Brigade
The Welsh Division of the Territorial Force originated in 1908 with the North Wales, South Wales and Cheshire Infantry Brigades under command.
The Territorial Force was reconstituted as 53rd (Welsh) Division, commanding the North Wales, South Wales and Welsh Border Brigades.
160 Brigade served in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine.
160 Infantry Brigade served with 7th Armoured Division, 52 Infantry Division but predominately 53rd (Welsh) Division in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
The Brigade became 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales.
HQ 160th (Welsh) Brigade
HQ 160 (Welsh) Bde
Maindy Barracks CF14 3YE
3rd Battalion Royal Welsh, 157 (Welsh) Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, Wales Universities UOTC
203 (Welsh) Field Hospital
Army Reserve Centre CF14 2HX
Infantry Battle School
Dering Lines LD3 7RA
14 Signal Regiment
Cawdor Barracks SA62 6NN
104 Regiment Royal Artillery
Raglan Barracks NP20 5XE
1st Regiment, The Rifles
Beachley Barracks NP16 7YG
Royal Monmouthshire, Royal Engineers
The Castle NP25 3PS
How important is Wales for Defence?
When soldiers from across the world descend on Mid Wales for NATO's toughest patrolling challenge, they get a sense of how British Army troops regularly hone their skills and fitness in the most rugged of environments.
The British Army’s world-class patrolling challenge is back in the spotlight after being forced to cancel in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her Majesty The Queen welcomed to Wales
Her Majesty The Queen welcomed to Wales
Her Majesty The Queen was welcomed to Wales to officially open the sixth term of the Senedd with a 21-Gun Salute performed by 104 Regiment Royal Artillery.
The Reservists, based in Newport, fired the 105mm light guns in front of the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay as thousands watched on.
Forty-two Welsh Guardsmen step-lined the Queen’s route into the Senedd after marching in behind The Royal Marines Band Service and Royal Navy personnel.
1st Battalion Welsh Guards are well accustomed to performing ceremonial duties at Royal Palaces, taking part in Trooping the Colour and numerous other State occasions.
HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived just moments before the Queen, all welcomed by First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford.
All 60 members of the Senedd were present in the chamber, the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, after being led in by the Mace bearer, Shaz Khan, from Cardiff, who is part of the Senedd security team.
Captain Helen Jasper, of 104Rgt RA, said her soldiers on parade felt an extra special sense of honour, beyond what they normally take part in.
She said: “Traditionally we fire all the Royal Gun Salutes in Cardiff each year to mark specific occasions, but it’s very rare indeed to perform this when the Queen is actually present in such an iconic Welsh location.
“So it’s a proud day for us as a unit and the 30 personnel helping to ensure it all went smoothly will all acknowledge these occasions do not come around too often.”
Following the Queen’s visit Prince Charles also took part in a reception where he met a family recently relocated from Afghanistan. 160th (Welsh) Brigade has been involved in the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme, with a number of partner agences across Wales.
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