British Army Units in #TridentJuncture 18
List of British Army Units Involved in NATO Exercise Trident Juncture
Full details have not been officially released, but using Open Source Intelligence, Warfare.Today has identified the main components of the British Army’s involvement in Trident Juncture 18.
4th Infantry Brigade HQ
4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East – “the Black Rats” – is a new adaptable force brigade based in Yorkshire and the North East of England. This new formation comprises Regular and Army Reserve units who have the capability to carry out a wide range of missions. The Brigade was established on 1 December 2014 and is headquartered in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.
4th Infantry Brigade HQ will deploy to command UK Reconnaissance, Infantry, Combat and Logistic Support units alongside a Danish battlegroup and a Polish Mechanised Infantry Company.
The Light Dragoons
Based at Gaza Barracks, Catterick Garrison, The Light Dragoons is a light cavalry regiment in the Adaptive Force tasked with preparing the way for the rest of the force, from scouting for information to engaging enemy targets. They use Jackal 2 fighting vehicles and other tactical, lightweight equipment.
Royal Irish Regiment
The Royal Irish Regiment is a light infantry regiment equipped with the Foxhound protected patrol vehicle. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment (1 R IRISH), are taking part in Trident Juncture.
Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment
Based at Fulwood Barracks, Preston, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment describes itself as “the heart of the Army”. Consisting of two Regular and one Reserve battalion, the Regiment provides reconnaissance and ground manoeuvre using equipment such as the Jackal 2. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster Regiment (1 LANCS), are taking part in Trident Juncture.
1 LANCS is the Regional Standby Battalion, with soldiers held at very high readiness and prepared to deploy anywhere in the Middle East and North Africa region. Current and recent deployments include: Op SHADER – training Iraqi and Kurdish security forces in Iraq; and Op TOSCA – the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus.
Corps of Royal Engineers
Based at Catterick Garrison, 32 Engineer Regiment set off for Norway and Trident Juncture on October 8. 32 ER consists of 2 Headquarters & Support Squadron; 26 Field Squadron; 31 Field Squadron; and 37 Field Squadron. 26 Field Squadron are known to have engaged in training for Trident Juncture in August this year.
Royal Logistic Corps
The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) is the largest Corps in the Army. A diverse organisation with technically qualified soldiers working both in peacetime and on operations. From vehicle parts and tools to ammunition, rations and water, the RLC maintains the Army’s operational capability by providing constant support and sustaining units by land, sea and air. Established in 1993, the RLC celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018.
Taking part in Trident Juncture 18 are 7 Regiment, 102 and 104 Logistic Brigades. RLC personnel were also responsible for ship loading at Marchwood Military Port.
7 Regiment RLC
7 Regt RLC runs the Convoy Support Centre at Merville Barracks, Colchester, where they saw 250 vehicles and 500 troops stop for rest and refuel on October 9.
102 Logistic Brigade
102 Logistic Brigade is to be prepared to deploy trained force elements, including the Brigade Headquarters, world-wide, within Readiness to Deploy in order to support 1 (UK) Divisions’ military contribution to a national, NATO or multi-national force.
As part of the Adaptable Force HQ 102 Logistic Brigade provides a light, agile force designed, in war, to receive both troops and equipment into the theatre of operations, organise their forward movement to the battle area along a line of communication of up to 750 km, then logistically sustain the fighting formations and finally redeploy the force back to the UK base or on to subsequent operations.
The Brigade would also be responsible for the setting up of field hospitals and evacuation of casualties from theatre. This description understates the role, which involves complex logistic processes and requires a detailed plan for ammunition fuel, transport, prisoners of war, humanitarian assistance, rear area security and medical operations.
104 Logistic Support Brigade
104 Logistic Support Brigade is the Army’s theatre logistic enabling formation whose role is to deliver scalable logistic enabling force elements at readiness and is prepared to provide a 1* HQ to act as or in support of the HQ National Support Element / Joint Force Logistic Component for any UK deployment.
17 Port and Maritime Regiment
17 Port and Maritime Regiment is the British Army’s only regular port and maritime capability, and operates Marchwood Military Port. The port was built in 1943 to aid in the D-Day assault on Normandy in 1944.
British Army soldiers will join counterparts from Germany and Italy to play the “southern army” against a “northern army” led by NATO’s Allied Land Command and including components from Norway, Canada and Sweden, as well as an amphibious force supplied by the US Marine Corps.
Sources: British Army; MOD
Image: a group of British Army Foxhounds line up in the vehicle park before the road move starts for Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 (TRJE) (Crown Copyright, 2018).