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Soldier's wife: 'Cottesmore is a lovely base'

The wife of a soldier who moved from a British Army base in Cyprus to Cottesmore in July 2012, has told ITV News Central that the base in Rutland is a perfect place to move to.

Susie Mitchell has moved on four occasions, all of which were extremely well organised, she said.

It was today announced that Cottesmore will home additional troops following the relocation of soldiers currently based in Germany.


Soldiers to head from Germany to the Midlands

Prince Philip meets British troops at Fallingbostel in Germany in 2011 Credit: PA

The Ministry of Defence has today announced that around 11,000 soldiers will be relocated from Germany to the UK, in a bid to cut costs.

Many changes will alter the military landscape across the Midlands.


7th Theatre Logistic Regiment from The Royal Logistic Corps, to move from Germany to Cottesmore by 2013.

5th FS Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers to move from Tidworth Devizes to Cottesmore by 2015.


1st and 16th Signal Regiment to move from Herford Germany to Stafford by 2015.


The current Headquarters 143rd (West Midlands) Brigade will merge with 11th Signal Brigade in Donnington, near Telford, to form the RPoC Headquarters in the West Midlands.

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2nd Medical Regiment to move from Hohne, Germany to North Luffenham by 2015.

1st Military Working Dogs Regiment (Royal Army Veterinary Corps) to move from Sennelager Germany to North Luffenham by 2015.

Also announced by the Defence Secretary, Phillip Hammond, was the closure of Copthorne Barracks in Shrewsbury.

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Army changes to save '£240 million a year'

The Defence Secretary says the changes will save £240 million a year in running costs as soldiers are moved into "clusters" in key locations. Returning forces will mainly be stationed around Salisbury Plain, Edinburgh and Leuchars, Catterick, Aldershot, Colchester, Stafford and the East Midlands.

Howe Barracks in Canterbury, one of the bases facing closure Credit: Press Association
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Troops may move to Cottesmore

Two Harriers put on a display at RAF Cottesmore Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Troops could end up being housed at the former RAF base at Cottesmore in Rutland. The Ministry of Defence is expected to announce more details about where soldiers based in Germany will move to.

British forces have been there since World War Two. 17,000 will remain, but half are expected home by 2015.