16 Coy was the pathfinder coy for 44 Para Bde, as for the various supporting units mentioned above by other posters I couldn't comment. Whether they were part of 44 Para Bde ORBAT or provided battlefield replacements for regular units I wouldn't know.
44 Parachute Brigade(V) was disbanded on 31st March 1978
Final orbat was:
Bde HQ and Defence Platoon - Chelsea
289 Para Bty, RHA(V) - East Ham (actually had left the Bde in 1977 when it converted to Cdo Arty Bty)
131 Indep Para Sqn, RE(V) - HQ London with Troops in Birmingham, Hull and Grangemouth
44 Para Bde Signal Troop - Chelsea
4 Para (V) - HQ Pudsey
10 Para (V) - HQ London
15 Para (SV) - HQ Glasgow
16 Indep Para Coy (V) - Lincoln
562 Para Sqn, RCT(V) - Southall
144 Para Fd Amb, RAMC(V) - HQ London with dets in Nottingham, Glasgow and Cardiff
44 Para OFP, RAOC (V) - Heston
1 Para Provost Pl, RMP(V) - Tulse Hill
In answer to the above 16 Coy was indeed the brigade pathfinder/recce unit.
144 Para Fd Amb RAMC(V) were one of the only support units to survive the disbandment. They lost the title Parachute existing as a conventional Field Ambulance although the unit continued to wear the Red Beret, send it,s troops to P coy and had a high percentage of Para trained personnel (prb about 90%) until becoming part of 23 PFA in 1995 as (C) 144 Para Sq (V). They still exist as 144 Parachute Medical Squadron, the TA squadron of 16 Medical Regiment the medical support for 16 Air Assault Brigade.
144 were the last unit in the British Army to wear the Denison smock and steel 1940 pattern P helmet.
Still got mine!
UPDATED ( I am corrected and agree that 10 Para Below should read 15 PARA) Time plays tricks on the brain. [Condex 2 Mar 09]
THe 10 PARA I did exercises with were 10 PARA "Jocks" from the Big G.
Have some Great Memories of things that they got up to.
Trying to stop a Landrover (doing about 15 MPH) by jumping off a wall (10 high) onto the bonet was one of the good ones!
He did stop it of Course (Jocks were know as the tank killers) but also took him self out of the Excercise!
There was another time when one of them cornered an APC (I think it was) in a farm yard. He chased it round and round until he finaly got pined agains a wall, as the APC passd. He was hurt (but not killled fortunatley) by this time other from his unit had arrived, just as the APC (knowing that they had hit him) popped a hatch, only to havew a thunder flash thrown in and the hatch forced shut on them. The rest you can imagine.
I only heard of this one ( I saw the Landrover one myself) I do not know what happened to the crew (or rather how baddley they were hurt) or what the reprocusions were. But tis is were they got the Tank Killer name from, as far as I am aware.