Demolition begins at XMG

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  1. As Operation Banner nears to an end, The PSNI go it alone without military support for the first time in more than 30 years.

    Link here
     
  2. ViroBono

    ViroBono LE Moderator

    I've just received a flyer from 25 Engrs who are offering a souvenir of South Armagh in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund.

    The presentation piece consists of a piece of armour plate from the South Armagh hill top sites mounted on a base made from timber reclaimed from the hill top HLSs. Each piece is around 150mm tall, will be individually numbered, and carry a plate engraved 'South Armagh'.

    Cost is £16, of which £15 will go to the ABF.

    Anyone interested pm me for the contact details.
     
  3. Tytus_Barnowl

    Tytus_Barnowl On ROPs

    I'm going to Kilkeel on holiday later this month. I must pop down to XMG to take some piccies. I might even take my fishing kit for a day on lough ross. :D
     
  4. I'm in Armagh, my home town prior to joining next week on business. Will make a pilgrimage to XMG and doff my hat. Many memories of being there.

    Oh.....and Adams.....kiss my arrse :lol:


    fastmedic
     
  5. I wonder how much surplus pink bog roll they will find behind the sangers?
     
  6. I had a workmate who's son played Gaelic football for Crossmaglen Rangers. A little known fact is that the club unofficially loved the base as it caused a diversion for the opposing teams - especially when a chopper took off. At home they were unbeatable, but it will be intersest to see if they can mainatin their record of the last 30 years!

    and Fastmedic - Adams can kiss mine when he's finished with yours!
     
  7. Dont Worry Be Happy , Welcome to XMG - my home for nearly 2 years (sniff) - glad Im not going back though :)
     
  8. F*cking hell, 7 weeks was enough for me you poor bastard
     
  9. They say they're closing NTH as well? How can they do that when it's a police station? Do they mean to say that the army component will be demolished and the police station returned to its original state or are they pulling PSNI out as well?

    I'm third in the queue for that b@stard Adams to kiss my arse.

    It won't slake his thirst but it'll stop him licking his lips for a while.
     
  10. No the PSNI will remain, they are just knocking down an Army Sangar there.

    Look what I have, the original NTH Skoal Bandit pin.

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  11. What about the rest of the fortifications and the helipad?
     
  12. This is the full sp on the closures:

    4. Military and Joint Sites. By 01 Apr 06 will have achieved:

    a. The vacation and closure of Forkhill. Already completed.

    b. The removal of the three hilltop observation post (OP) sites at G10 (Creevekeeran), G20 (Drumackavall) and R12 (Sugarloaf). Already completed.

    c. The dismantling of the military supersangar in PSNI Newtownhamilton. Already completed.

    d. The removal of both military OPs in Masonic Base, Londonderry. Already completed.

    e. The removal of the OP on Divis Tower. Already completed.

    f. Following the Policing Board's decision in Sep 05 to close PSNI stations at Kinawley and Rosslea, the Army was withdrawn from these locations in Nov 05 (demolition work is underway at these sites and we plan to hand them to the PSNI for disposal by Jun 06).


    Major Units and Headquarters.

    The six monthly roulement battalion known as Northern Ireland Battalion 1 (NIBAT 1, comprising approximately 500 soldiers) was withdrawn from Northern Ireland and returned to the operational command of Headquarters Land Command on 16 Jan 06. This move marked the withdrawal of the last roulement battalion deployed to NI. We plan to deliver the residual military support needed by the PSNI in south Armagh by resident battalion troops for as long as this remains necessary.

    6. Troop Levels. Troop levels are planned to be approximately 9,200 on 31 Mar 06.

    NORMALISATION, TRANCHE 2 - THE NEXT 12 MONTHS (01 APR 06 - 31 MAR 07)


    7. Military and Joint Sites. By 31 Mar 07 we plan to achieve:

    a. The withdrawal of troops from PSNI Newtownhamilton. Work schedules are being planned in conjunction with the PSNI and the target date for completion is currently Sep 06.

    b. The withdrawal of troops from PSNI Crossmaglen. Work schedules are being planned in conjunction with the PSNI and the provisional date for completion is currently 31 Mar 07.

    c. The withdrawal of troops from PSNI Newtownbutler, which should be complete no later than Apr 06.

    d. The withdrawal of troops from PSNI Middletown. Work is currently underway to demolish this site and the withdrawal of troops is planned to be complete by early Apr 06.

    e. The withdrawal of troops from PSNI Keady. This is currently planned for Aug 06, although exact dates are being discussed with the PSNI.

    f. The removal of the military base within PSNI Maydown. Already completed. There will continue to be an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team based with the PSNI at Maydown.

    g. The vacation and demolition of the last three hilltop sites at G40 (Croslieve), R13 (Camlough Mountain) and R21 (Jonesborough Hill).

    h. The vacation, closure and handover for disposal of Grosvenor Barracks, Enniskillen which is planned by mid Dec 06.

    i. The closure, vacation and handover for disposal of Mahon Barracks, Portadown. Work has started and it is planned to close and handover for disposal Mahon Barracks by Jan 07. Elements of this site will be handed over to the PSNI and timings may change depending on PSNI requirements.


    Major Units and Headquarters. The following changes will take place:

    a. 3 Squadron, RAF Regiment will move from RAF Aldergrove to RAF Wittering by 31 Mar 07 and approximately 110 RAF Police will leave Northern Ireland in a similar timeframe.

    b. The Omagh Resident Battalion based at Lisanelly Barracks, Omagh will come under control of Headquarters Land Command at the end of its tour of duty in Aug 06. It will not be replaced.

    c. Headquarters 8th Infantry Brigade, based in Shackleton Barracks, Ballykelly will disband and hand over its responsibilities to Headquarters 39th Infantry Brigade (Thiepval Barracks, Lisburn) on 01 Sep 06.

    d. By Dec 06, 15 Signal Regiment, based in Lisburn, will disband and will be replaced by two Independent Signals Squadrons.


    Troop Levels. Troop levels are planned to reduce to approximately 8,500 by 31 Mar 07.

    Military and Joint Sites. By 31 Jul 07 we plan to achieve:

    a. The vacation, closure and handover for disposal of Drumadd Barracks, Armagh. Work is expected to start in Apr 07 and be completed by 31 Jul 07.

    b. The vacation, closure and handover for disposal of Bessbrook Mill, south Armagh. Work is expected to start in Apr 07 and be completed by 31 Jul 07.

    c. The vacation, closure and handover for disposal of Lisanelly Barracks, Omagh. The main work on closing Lisanelly Barracks will begin in Apr 07.

    d. The vacation and demolition of the observation post at PSNI Rosemount, Londonderry.

    e. The vacation, closure and handover for disposal of Moscow Camp, Belfast.

    f. The vacation, closure and handover for disposal of Harmony House, Lisburn.

    g. The closure, vacation and demolition of Masonic Base, Londonderry. Work is expected to start in Jun 07 and should be completed by 31 Jul 07.

    h. The removal or transfer of all residual military structures in PSNI Stations.

    Major Units and Headquarters. Planned changes are:

    a. Headquarters NI will reduce to a size appropriate to the needs of the future military garrison by 31 Jul 07.

    b. Headquarters 39th Infantry Brigade will disband on 31 Jul 07 and will be replaced by a new Regional Brigade Headquarters.

    c. The three Royal Irish Regiment (Home Service) Battalions will formally disband by 31 July 2007.

    d. The Northern Ireland Training Regiment will close by 31 July 2007.

    e. 6 Regiment, Royal Military Police will reduce and reorganise to approximately one third of its current size by 31 Jul 07.

    f. The reorganisation and reduction of the Northern Ireland Combat Service Support Regiment to one squadron will be completed by 31 Jul 07.

    Troop Levels. This Tranche will see the major element of troop reductions to the planned level of no more than 5,000 by 31 Jul 07.
     
  13. was a Rinco mate - went with the job

    I enjoyed it! - strangely