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 HQ 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

14 Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare)
The Royal Monmouthshire RE (Militia)
3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh
157 (Welsh) Regiment RLC
Wales UOTC
203 Field Hospital
Infantry Battle School
104 Regiment Royal Artillery
1st Battalion The Rifles

Welsh Combat Units - Not in the Brigade

1st Battalion The Royal Welsh
1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards
The Welsh Guards

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

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Gun Salutes for His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

Units from the British Army have marked the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. In ceremonies across the UK, a 41-gun salute has been sounded, after the announcement of His Royal Highness’ death on Friday.

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Exercise Cambrian Patrol 2021

Exercise CAMBRIAN PATROL is the premier patrolling event of the British Army which is held in Wales and hosted by 160 (Welsh) Brigade. The DIN (2021DIN07-048: Exercise CAMBRIAN PATROL 2021 ​​​​​​​) has been published and is now available.

What support are the Armed Forces currently providing to the NHS in Wales in the fight against coronavirus?

Brigadier Andrew Dawes CBE, Commander Joint Military Command Wales, based at the British Army's Welsh Headquarters in Brecon, said: "It continues to be a tremendous privilege to support NHS Wales in any way we can during this latest stage of the pandemic response. 

"They have asked us to help crew Welsh ambulances and to deliver the vaccine right across Wales. We currently have around 80 Royal Air Force personnel and 14 Army combat medical technicians deployed as a Vaccination Support Force to support NHS Wales. These personnel are operating from 26 locations across the seven Welsh Health Boards, supported by a small team working from the Welsh Government building in Cathays Park, Cardiff."

"We also have around 100 soldiers, drawn primarily from 9 Regiment RLC, helping to crew ambulances in nine regional ambulance hubs in support of the Welsh Ambulance Services Trust. This is in addition to the specialist planners and liaison officers in Welsh Government, NHS Wales and the regional health boards, as well as supporting the regional resilience networks who have been in place since March last year." 

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Defence medics are being deployed in the biggest numbers we have ever seen during peacetime in the UK, supporting the two biggest challenges facing this country - rolling out the vaccine and assisting hospitals care for the most vulnerable."

"Today I spoke with military representatives working in the four corners of the UK, supporting communities as we pull together to combat the effects of the virus. While the Armed Forces are working hard alongside the NHS, local authorities and private contractors, we stand ready to do more when the call comes."

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