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Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has unveiled plans for a large scale withdrawal of UK troops from Germany. The move means that Catterick Garrison is set to expand, whilst Claro barracks in Ripon will close.

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Ripon army base to close in army shake-up

A shake-up of Army bases to accommodate a speeded-up return of troops from Germany will mean shutting seven sites across the country, it was announced today.

The Defence Secretary said the changes would 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.

With the Army already being substantially reduced, however, it will also mean several other sites losing their military presence - including:

  • Claro Barracks, Ripon, North Yorkshire
  • Howe Barracks, Canterbury
  • Craigiehall Barracks in Edinburgh
  • Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy, Pembrokeshire
  • Elements of Redford Barracks, Edinburgh;
  • Forthside Barracks, Stirling
  • Copthorne Barracks, Shrewsbury

Around 11,000 British troops based in Germany will return home under plans which will see nearly £2 billion invested in Army housing and bases.

The money will go towards 1900 new houses for service families and accommodation for 7800 soldiers, and also on infrastructure and refurbishment of bases.

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