The Yorkshire Regiment
By Lt Col Mark Yates
4 YORKS continues to play it’s part alongside our regular counterparts. Training continues to go well and across the bn and attendance in the local companies across Yorkshire and Teesside has been excellent. From snowbound training at the beginning of the year we are now getting on with live field-firing and looking forward to a full year of activity that will include more training for operations (including working with 1 YORKS in the Armoured Infantry role at BATUS and on op CABRIT), adventure training expeditions, career courses and getting back into fully supporting recruiting activity and military civil engagement.
Shortly before Christmas we welcomed home the 12 soldiers and the Padre who had served with 2 YORKS on Op TORAL 5. It was a great relief to see them all come home safely, and our thoughts are with those who remain to complete the rest of the tour. Regimentally we should be very proud; 4 YORKS trained hard and got our soldiers to the start line for mobilisation which saw a 100% pass rate. 2 YORKS then ensured they were given the best opportunity for success by making the integration into companies and platoons seamless. I have had nothing but positive reports back on the performance of the 4 YORKS soldiers and it is a great example of the receiving regular unit understanding the reserves and getting it right and the reserves stepping up to the plate.
Recruiting continues to go well and we are now getting established in Bradford with fantastic efforts from Corunna Company and in particular Cpl Marshall. Taking this model, we will now look to extend our reach farther and next on our list is looking at the viability of opening up a platoon-size detachment in Catterick Garrison with Quebec Company. There will also be opportunities for both Alma and Burma Company, so the future is extremely promising. Overall our numbers continue to grow and I remain hugely impressed with the efforts of the recruiting teams at all the unit locations.
This is my last entry into the Journal as the Commanding Officer of the 4th Battalion. Change is inevitable and as we welcome Capt Andy Lucas as the new Adjutant, I will hand the battalion over to Lt Col Greg Murphy. I cannot believe that the last 2½ years have gone so quickly. Without doubt the pinnacle of my army career, it has been a privilege to serve and command such a fine and proud unit. I wish Lt Col Greg, the Battalion and The Yorkshire Regiment all the best in the future.
SA80 Personal weapon
SA80 A2 comprises the Individual Weapon (IW) and the Light Support Weapon (LSW).
These are the British Army's standard combat weapons. Made by Heckler and Koch, they fire NATO standard 5.56 x 45mm ammunition. The SA80 can be fitted with the SUSAT sight and a Common Weapon Sight, which is a third generation Image Intensification (II) night sight.
Both weapons have been modified in light of operational experience. A major mid-life update in 2002 resulted in the SA80A2 series - the most reliable weapons of their type in the world. This reliability is combined with accuracy, versatility and ergonomic design. It is considered a first-class weapon system and world leader in small arms.
Weapons Mounted Installation Kit Landrover used by 2 YORKS. Crew of 3 and armed with a 7.62mm nachine Gun, smoke dischargers and with a max speed of 52kph
General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)
The L7A2 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) is a 7.62 x 51mm belt-fed general purpose machine gun which can be used as a light weapon and in a sustained fire (SF) role.
In the SF role, mounted on a tripod and fitted with the C2 optical sight, it is fired by a two-man team who are grouped in a specialist Machine Gun Platoon to provide battalion-level fire support. In SF mode, the GPMG, with a two-man crew, lays down 750 rounds-per-minute at ranges up to 1800 metres.
The GPMG can be carried by foot soldiers and employed as a light machine gun (LMG), although it has largely been replaced by the lighter 5.56 x 45mm Minimi in this role, in most regiments. A fold-out bipod is used to support the GPMG in the LMG role.
Versions of the GPMG are mounted on most Army vehicles and some helicopters.
The L16A2 81mm mortar is a Battlegroup level indirect fire weapon which is capable of providing accurate high explosive, smoke and illuminating rounds out to a maximum range of 5650m.
The mortar platoon, in mechanised and armoured infantry battalions, are mounted in and fire from armoured personnel carriers, increasing mobility and enabling rapid disengagement and movement to new fire positions.
Glock 17 Pistol (Personal Weapon)
The Glock 17 Gen 4 pistol is much lighter than the current Browning pistol, and more accurate. It also has an increased magazine capacity of 17 9mm rounds, compared to 13 rounds for the Browning.
Warrant Officer 1 Mark Anderson, Royal Marines, who trialled the Glock 17 before the contract was awarded, said: “Pistols are vital in close combat and are a key part of a soldier’s armoury. Reliable, light and easy to carry, the Glock inspires confidence and performs exceptionally well.”
The MOD signed a £9m contract to provide the Armed Forces with more than 25,000 Glock sidearms including holsters.
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne said: “We are determined to provide our troops with the best possible personal kit available and these new Glock 17’s will give them greater firepower and accuracy on operations."