From: Regimental Colonel RHQ RTR
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 4:30 PM
To: Regimental Colonel RHQ RTR
Subject: Briefing Note 1 RTR - 4 Oct 11
I attach the following Briefing Note from Lt Col Andrew Britton, CO 1st Royal Tank Regiment:
"On the 23rd September 2011, the 1st Royal Tank Regiment was warned off for operations in Afghanistan as part of 12 Mechanised Brigade. The Regiment will fulfil a number of roles on Op HERRICK 16 (Apr-Oct 12) and the Regiment has recently conducted a hasty re-orbat to fulfil these requirements.
G Sqn is now in the process of re-rolling to Mastiff and will deploy four troops in April 2012 to support the Infantry battlegroups. Initially, SHQ will train and deploy the four troops and will then take command of the Battle Casualty Replacement Cohort for Op HERRICK 16.
H Sqn will become the Reception, Staging and Onward Integration (RSOI) Sqn for Op HERRICK 16 and will be responsible for the relief in place of 20 Armoured Brigade by 12 Mechanised Brigade. The Squadron will almost double in size and facilitate driver and weapons training in theatre for all of the 12 Mechanised Brigade personnel (some 9000 troops).
RHQ will deploy as the Task Force Helmand (TFH) J5 Plans cell, with the Commanding Officer as SO1 Plans. The Regiment will also provide Officers and Warrant Officers to fill an number of other key posts across the Brigade- in HQ TFH, in some of the Infantry CF and Coy HQs, and in Camp Bastion.
Despite this new and very welcome operational focus, the Regiment is still on course for the seamless transfer of the defence specialist CBRN capability to the RAF Regiment in December, and a large amount of equipment has already been handed over. With the training support tasks continuing to endure for A Sqn on Salisbury Plain and the vast majority of the 1RTR personnel in Honington deploying to Afghanistan, the next 12 months is set to be a very busy period for the First".
Lt Col (Retd) S J MAY | Regtl Col RHQ RTR | Stanley Barracks, Armour Centre, Bovington, BH20 6JB
Mil: 94374 3360 | Tel: 01929 403360 | E-mail: email@example.com
Hope they ALL come back safe Fear Naught
Despite this new and very welcome operational focus, the Regiment is still on course for the seamless transfer of the defence specialist CBRN capability to the RAF Regiment in December, and a large amount of equipment has already been handed over.
I bet it has, you want it you can have it.
Question remains what will they do when they get back and where will they be?
"Question remains what will they do when they get back and where will they be?"
A very good question.
I sincerely hope they all come back safe and sound also