Confirmed: Some British Soldiers Will Stay in Germany
MOD Confirms Troop Numbers to Remain in Germany Following the Drawn Down
The UK will continue to have a military presence in Germany beyond 2020, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced September 30.
Around 185 British Army personnel and 60 Ministry of Defence civilians will remain in Germany after the withdrawal of British Army units to the UK has been completed. This also means retaining some military installations and facilities, including the Sennelagar Training Area.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “We are increasing our British points of presence across the world. We will not be closing our facilities in Germany, and instead use them to forward base the Army.”
Army personnel will be permanently based in the country where the UK is retaining the 45-square mile Sennelager Training Area, which provides both UK and NATO forces with an expansive live firing training area. It has a long tradition as a home from home for British service personnel.
Amphibious Engineers Key Asset in Germany
The remaining Army personnel will also support critical NATO infrastructure and assets such as the combined river crossing capability based in Minden. It uses M3 vehicles jointly operated by British and German troops, and both nations are currently in discussions regarding a future bilateral upgrade of the vehicles.
Warfare.Today earlier reported that two amphibious engineer troops would remain in Germany to maintain interoperability with German allies.
Retaining Sennelager alongside the adjacent Athlone Barracks will provide remaining British personnel with the vital domestic infrastructure, including housing and schooling.
Elsewhere the British Army is maintaining a presence at the Ayrshire Barracks in Mönchengladbach, where approximately 2,000 vehicles can be stored, and the German Wulfen Defence Munitions Storage Facility, which holds operational ammunition.
Image: 1st Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment Soldiers, in their Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles during NATO Exercise Allied Spirit 8. Approximately 200 soldiers from 1st Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1PWRR) were among 4,000 soldiers from 10 different NATO countries participating in Exercise Allied Spirit 8 in Southern Germany. The NATO assurance measurement exercise is designed to develop relationships and promote interoperability and integration with NATO, Allied and Coalition partners. During the exercise 1PWRR were under the command of a Polish Mechanised Brigade delivering the Armoured Infantry element along with a company of Danish Armoured Infantry. Photograph by Dominic King [retouched] (Crown Copyright, 2018).