30 May '12, 3pm

News: Irish Guards prepare for contingency role

On 1 April 2012 the Spearhead Lead Element ceased to exist and was replaced by the UK Operations Battalion and the Airborne Task Force (ABTF). The UK Ops Battalion will focus primarily on UK response, while the ABTF will take on all expeditionary responsibilities. No 1 Company of the Irish Guards conducted public order training at Longmoor Training Area in Hampshire to prepare for their new role within the UK Ops Battalion, which will start in September 2012. The company of 120 soldiers will form part of a highly adaptable battalion designed to deploy at short notice to deal with fast-unfolding crises in remote parts of the world. They have therefore been required to conduct training that develops the necessary skills to deal with a wide variety of scenarios. One potential task is a deployment to the Balkans at the end of the year to support an EU-led peacekeeping mission....

Full article: http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/TrainingAnd...

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