More Soldiers Could Be Based in York in Army Shake Up
4:21pm 5th March 2013
Army bases in the North East of England will receive a £70 million investment as part of plans to bring British troops home from Germany, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced today.
Details of the £1.8 billion investment in new bases and accommodation - £70 million of it in Yorkshire and the North East - were set out in the Army Basing Plan which clarifies for the first time the Army’s future UK locations.
The Plan maintains Catterick as the main centre for the Army in the North East. Regional Army brigade, 15 (NE) Brigade will be re-named HQ North East Brigade and move its headquarters from Imphal Barracks in York to Catterick while Headquarters 1 (UK) Division will move from Herford in Germany to York in 2015. Catterick will also be home to the newly-formed Headquarters 4th Infantry Brigade
Other changes in the North East are:
- The 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, 32 Engineer Regiment (Close Support), 1 Regiment Royal Military Police and 1 Military Intelligence Battalion will move from Germany to Catterick in 2015. They will replace 3 Medical Regiment moving to Preston in 2014, 5 Medical Regiment which will move to Tidworth not before 2017 and 1 Scots Guards which will relocate to Aldershot.
- 6 Force Logistic Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, will move from Gutersloh in Germany to Dishforth in 2016. Current occupiers 9 Regiment Army Air Corps will move to Yeovilton in Somerset.
- 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery will move from Hohne in Germany to Albemarle Barracks in Harlow Hill, Northumberland in 2015. As already announced 39 Regiment Royal Artillery will downsize and move to Larkhill.
- The Light Dragoons will move from Swanton Morley to Catterick in 2015.
- 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment will move from Cyprus to Catterick in 2015.
- 21 Engineer Regiment will move from Claro Barracks in Ripon to Catterick but not until 2017; this means that Claro Barracks in Ripon will be disposed of in due course.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:
“By setting out our plans to bring troops back to the UK we are not only providing our Service personnel and their families with greater stability for their future but also generating a saving of around £240m a year in operational running costs.
“We are also going to invest an additional £1.8 billion in our new basing plan, providing investment around the country, crucial jobs for local economies and the best possible accommodation for our soldiers and their families.
“This work also supports and enables the Army 2020 structure, announced last year, which will ensure that the British Army remains the most capable Army in its class, adaptable and ready to meet the security challenges of the next decade and beyond.”
Brigadier Greville Bibby, Commander 15 (NE) Brigade, said: “The Basing Plan will inevitably mean disruption for a large number of military personnel and their families, particularly those returning from Germany, but in the long term it will provide them with the certainty of a stable location for the future.
“I am saddened by the decision to move 21 Engineer Regiment out of Claro Barracks and I know there will be many people who will share my sentiment. We have enjoyed a long and proud association with the people of Ripon and the surrounding area.
“I am, however, delighted by the news that there will continue to be a very strong presence of regular forces in Yorkshire and the North East which will bring with it considerable investment for the benefit of the military as well as the communities to which we belong.”
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