Jungle training axed as Belize base shuts

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British infantry will no longer receive top level jungle training after the Ministry of Defence has made the surprise announcement to mothball its base in Belize as part of cost savings.
The departure of 3,000 troops a year who go through the tough training has also led to fears that the Central America country will be more vulnerable to foreign invasion similar to the incursions by Guatemala in the late 80s.

It is also unclear whether Lord Ashcroft, the former Tory party deputy chairman, who has vast business interests in Belize, has been consulted over the closure of the British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB).

It is also understood that the Ministry of Defence has given serious consideration to closing its sovereign bases in Cyprus, where it has airfields and listening posts, but was persuaded not to by the Americans.

Already the Army has withdrawn the country’s main emergency air evacuation by stopping its helicopters responding as an air ambulance for the local population.

But the final withdrawal of British forces, which have been in Belize since it gained independence in 1981 when it was known as British Honduras, has been signalled by the reduction of the training base from 70 soldiers to a skeleton staff of less than 10 soldiers.

Jungle training axed as Belize base shuts - Telegraph
 

ugly

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#2
About time they defended themselves!
 

ugly

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No money or no need? I did object to the lad who claims you get less chance to do AT now than before. When was before precisely? I got 2 weeks snow queen in 1982, 5 days in jasper in 1986. That was it!
 

terroratthepicnic

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#5
3 Para obviously weren't doing jungle training in Africa recently then?

I doubt Jungle training has been axed, it's just been moved to a different location.
 
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Would I be correct in saying the school in Brunei is and will still be open for business?

I can't see the Sultan agreeing to BGB being closed down...he is too paranoid ablout his gas.
 

Caecilius

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Would I be correct in saying the school in Brunei is and will still be open for business?

I can't see the Sultan agreeing to BGB being closed down...he is too paranoid ablout his gas.
He pays for it anyway.
 

ugly

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#9
As the video explained its moving thats all!
 
#10
yeah I heard about this a couple of days ago, never got there ... got to the Falklands (twice) instead ... I have no doubt that FI was certainly MORE fun!!

Do they have a CRAB & SPROCKET in Belize?
 
#12
the thought of never goin to the rose garden again actually makes me a little upset
 

wedge_cadman

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#13
My annual holiday will never be the same again without a group of young bucks drinking to excess out on San Pedro
 
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Would I be correct in saying the school in Brunei is and will still be open for business?

I can't see the Sultan agreeing to BGB being closed down...he is too paranoid ablout his gas.
What I read from the article was that the school will exist but will not train our troops; the instructors will be keeping up their skills with a view to re-open when there's more money. I assume jungle training in Brunei and so on is still going on for Ghurkas and the SAS and so on, so the article's a bit exaggerated.
 
#15
If Brunei is available and has a full battalion there, why not consolidate jungle training there?
Apart from the distance!

It is also understood that the Ministry of Defence has given serious consideration to closing its sovereign bases in Cyprus, where it has airfields and listening posts, but was persuaded not to by the Americans.[/QUOTE]

I wonder why?? I read a good book on GCHQ recently! It was suggested before!
 
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stevieni22

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Brunei only exists for training trackers, ground sign awareness and jungle warfare t3 cascade instructors, no Bn or coy level training gets done there except for the resident RGR Bn and "them" the sultan pays for the RGR Bn, I've just finished a 6 monther as a guest instructor at TTB sad to see Belize go.
 

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