Four Army bases to be closed

Four Army bases in the UK are to be shut as part of the announcement of a speeded-up return of all 11,000 troops from Germany. The Defence Secretary said it would save £240m a year as soldiers are moved into "clusters" in key locations.

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11,000 troops based in Germany to return home by 2016

  • Around 11,000 British troops based in Germany will return home by 2016
  • Nearly £2 billion will be invested in Army housing and bases
  • The remaining 4,500 troops will be back in the UK by 2019, a year earlier than planned
  • Around £1 billion of the funding being announced today will be go towards 1,900 new houses for service families and accommodation for 7,800 single soldiers
  • Another £800 million will be spent on infrastructure and refurbishment of bases

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
Howe Barracks in Canterbury, one of the bases facing closure Credit: Press Association
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