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1st Battalion (Catterick)

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This continues to be a very busy year for the Battalion. Just prior to summer leave the Battalion returned from the British Army Training Unit Suffield in Alberta, Canada where it had been providing enemy for the King’s Royal Hussars’ Battle Group as they prepare to become the British Army’s Lead Armoured Battle Group.

This was a highly productive time for the Battalion, providing not only the opportunity to conduct some first class Adventurous Training in the spectacular Rocky Mountains which included sky diving, mountaineering and canoeing; but also allowed the Battalion to take the first steps in its own progression of training ahead of our seminal training event in November; Exercise WESSEX STORM. This month long exercise held in Otterburn and Salisbury Plain will test the Battalion’s capability and will allow it to be held at readiness for operational deployment in 2015.

The Battalion recently completed a Combined Staff and Tactical Training Exercise in Warminster during which the battle group staff’s knowledge and ability to use the planning process was tested, culminating in orders which were then executed by the companies in a simulated environment. The exercise was a huge success in developing common knowledge and understanding at all levels across the Battalion.

Driver training continues at full pace as the companies prepare to operate in the Mechanised Infantry platforms newly arrived back from service in Afghanistan as part of the Battalion’s test of the new Mech Inf operating concept. The Battalion also continues to enjoy a wide variety of sports and adventure training. The Battalion rugby and football teams continue to build on last season’s successes, while a group from the Battalion recently returned from walking in Nepal. Preparations are also underway for the Battalion’s annual ski camp as well as repeating our representation at the Infantry Alpine Ski Championships, Nordic Ski Championships and the Cresta Run.

F Company (Independent Public Duties Company London)

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Life in F Company has continued apace with the festive season now long behind us and the imposing prospect of the summer season fast looming. The Company has continued to provide a steady number of Queen’s and Windsor Castle Guards, but have been lucky to have sufficient space in our program to conduct some excellent training. The end of February unfortunately coincided with the arrival of horrific weather for most of the UK and along with many other units across the country, F Company was stood up to provide assistance to the civilian authorities as they battled to deal with the rising flood waters. Although the Company was never fully deployed, 15 members of the company did support No 7 Company when they were deployed to fill sandbags to protect a pumping station in the Croydon area.

The Company has just returned from a well deserved week of leave and is now focused on preparations for The Major General’s Inspection, which will formally mark the start of the Ceremonial season the main event of which will be the Company’s provision of No 5 Guard for Trooping of the Colour!

London to Cape Town Expedition

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Captain Hamish Barne (former Scots Guards) and Captain Charles Dale (former Life Guards) are due to drive from London (UK) to Cape Town (South Africa) in aid of the Scots Guards Colonel’s Fund and the Household Cavalry Foundation.

In the last year they have both left the army and now get the once in a lifetime opportunity to take on the “London to Cape Town Challenge”. The Challenge is to drive from London to Cape Town with no support team. Between the two of them they have done 5 operational tours; 4 in Afghanistan and 1 in Iraq and so they have decided to carry out this expedition in aid of the Scots Guards Colonels Fund and the Household Cavalry Foundation. You can follow their progress and support the charities at online (address to follow) once they depart on 10 January 2014.

Thank you very much for any support that you can offer.

Olympic Torch Carry

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Despite the pouring rain, Guardsman Dave Watson from Bamber Bridge, who lost both legs and his right arm whilst serving in Afghanistan, carried the Olympic Torch through Lancaster. He was joined by fellow Scots Guardsmen, members of the public and his proud father Kevin.

Well done on this tremendous accomplishment.

Gallery – Recent Photos

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Operations in Afghanistan – Gallery 2

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Operations in Afghanistan – Gallery 1

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