Army basing & the move back from Germany: What it will mean for the region

Catterick Garrison is set to take on additional regiments as they move back from Germany Photo: ITV News

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has announced that 11,000 troops based in Germany will be moved back to the UK over the next few years.

The army basing plan will see forces settle in major clusters around the country - for example at Catterick Garrison.

At the same time, the Army has also been making cutbacks, so the Defence Secretary has also announced that several existing bases across the country will be wound down as units are moved elsewhere and to make savings.

But what does this mean for the North East?

  • A number of regiments will move - from both Germany and other areas in the UK - to be stationed at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.
  • The barracks at Ripon will close.

Who is moving to Catterick Garrison?

  • 1 Military Intelligence Battalion - due to move in 2015
  • 1st Regiment Royal Military Police - due to move in 2015
  • 32 Engineer Regiment - due to move in 2015
  • 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland - due to move in 2015
  • Headquarters 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East - due to move in 2014
  • The Royal Lancers - due to move in 2015
  • 21 Engineer Regiment - due to move from Ripon barracks in 2017

Will anywhere else in the North East be affected by the changes?

  • Ripon barracks is set to close - with 21 Engineer Regiment moving to Catterick Garrison
  • Headquarters First Division will move to York barracks in 2015
  • 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery will move to Hexham barracks in 2015
  • 6 Force Logistic Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps are due to move to Dishforth barracks in 2016