2nd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, axed in Government defence cuts
The region’s main infantry unit has escaped the latest round of defence cuts.
About a third of the 450-strong 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (1 YORKS) are from Hull and the East Riding.
But Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced today only the regiment’s 2nd Battalion is set to be lost.
In total, the Army is to lose 17 major units in the biggest overhaul of the service for decades.
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According to speculation in the national media, 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment – currently serving in Afghanistan and which recruits a small number from our region – was to be lost.
Mr Hammond said the changes were needed to create a “balanced, capable and adaptable force” for the future.
Other infantry battalions – the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment, and the 2nd Battalion the Royal Welsh are also set to go.
A fifth, the 5th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) will be reduced to a public duties company.
The Armoured Corps will be reduced by two units with the merger of the Queen’s Royal Lancers and the 9th/12th Royal Lancers and the 1st and 2nd Tank Regiments amalgamating.
The changes – to be completed by the end of the decade – will see the regular Army cut from 102,000 to 82,000.