The Yorkshire Regiment
Lt Col Mark Yates - Commanding Officer
Over the last six months the 4th Battalion has delivered across every mission and task that it has been set, something we are rightly proud of. Fundamentally, we are here to train and send soldiers on operations to support our Regular counterparts and the recent the deployment of 12 Reserve soldiers on Op TORAL with 2 YORKS is proof of our success and professionalism. The soldiers went through a tough and comprehensive selection that prepared them well and separately, another section deployed with 1 YORKS to BATUS, Canada. The opportunity to serve in an Armoured Infantry Battlegroup has again demonstrated the diversity and adaptability of the reservists that we currently employ.
Reserve Recruitment continues to go well and the Battalion is experiencing steady growth in a challenging recruiting environment. The recently opened Army Reserve Centre in Bradford is already starting to attract new recruits and is key part of our ongoing community engagement efforts across Yorkshire, which has included a summer Freedom Parade and Armed Forces Day in Hull.
The 4th Battalion is in a great place and the ‘Reserve Offer’, has never been better. Alongside the operational training we will also deliver four adventure training expeditions across the world. There has never been a better time to be in the 4th Battalion and the opportunities are as diverse as they are exciting.
‘Fortune Favours the Brave’
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."