HQ 160th (Welsh) Brigade


Brigade Role

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.

Brigade History

  1. 1908

    The Welsh Division of the Territorial Force originated in 1908 with the North Wales, South Wales and Cheshire Infantry Brigades under command.

  2. 1920

    The Territorial Force was reconstituted as 53rd (Welsh) Division, commanding the North Wales, South Wales and Welsh Border Brigades.

  3. WW1

    160 Brigade served in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine.

  4. WW2

    160 Infantry Brigade served with 7th Armoured Division, 52 Infantry Division but predominately 53rd (Welsh) Division in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

  5. 2014

    The Brigade became 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales.

  6. 2019

    HQ 160th (Welsh) Brigade

How important is Wales for Defence?

Wales' world-class training estate on full display on Exercise Cambrian Patrol

Wales' world-class training estate on full display on Exercise Cambrian Patrol

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.

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Exercise Cambrian Patrol back on track after two-year hiatus

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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