There are concerns that plans to pull 600 military personnel and close a base will have a 'devastating affect' on Pembrokeshire
About 500 soldiers of the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh have marched through Chester - to be greeted by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Campaigners against military recruitment in schools claim that the armed forces target schools in the most deprived areas for new recruits.
– Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary
This announcement represents a costed and funded plan to bring our Army back from Germany... and provide the accommodation our troops deserve fulfilling our commitments to consolidate the Army estate and providing certainty to Army personnel and their families about where they will be based in the future.
The Defence Secretary has confirmed that the 14th Signal Regiment will leave their base at Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy, Pembrokeshire. The 600 military personnel will move to the former RAF St Athan site in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Phillip Hammond announced the changes as part of a major reorganisation of army bases in the UK.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed plans to press ahead with the closure of:
- Howe Barracks in Canterbury
- Claro Barracks, in Ripon, North Yorkshire
- Craigiehall Barracks in Edinburgh
- Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy in Pembrokeshire
- Elements of Redford Barracks, Edinburgh; Forthside Barracks, Stirling; and Copthorne Barracks, Shrewsbury
The Defence Secretary is expected to announce a major reorganisation of army bases in the UK and Germany today. There is speculation that one of those that will close will be Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy, Pembrokeshire that is home to 700 military personnel from the 14th Signals Regiment.
The plans expected to be announced in the House of Commons this afternoon are also thought to include an expansion of the former RAF St Athan site in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Concerns were raised over the future of Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy, Pembrokeshire, earlier this year.
The barracks houses some 700 military personnel as home of the 14th Signals Regiment and plays a massive role in the economy of west Wales.
Around 11,000 British troops based in Germany will return home by 2016 under plans which will see nearly £2 billion invested in Army housing and bases, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond will announce today.
Under the speeded-up withdrawal, the remaining 4,500 troops will be back in the UK by 2019, a year earlier than planned.
Around £1bn of the funding being announced today will 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.
The Government hopes the plans will mean more cash is ploughed back into the British, rather than German, economy as well as creating new construction jobs in the UK.
Savings of around £240 million a year are also expected to be made through reductions in operating costs.
The parents of soldiers currently serving in the armed forces have joined former servicemen at vigils at war memorials nationwide.
People also gathered at a war memorial in Cardiff.
The events have been arranged to raise awareness of opposition to planned cuts in the British Army.
In total the service is losing seventeen major units, and here in Wales 2nd Battalion the Royal Welsh will be disbanded.
The Ministry of Defence says the changes are needed to make the forces sustainable
I noted yesterday how the shadow Welsh Secretary had raised new fears about a Welsh part of the British army on the floor of the House of Commons. He's not alone. An Early Day Motion tabled by Plaid Cymru's parliamentary leader, Elfyn Llwyd, has attracted signatures from all four political parties.
The fear raised by Welsh politicians is that the campaign to keep the Queen's Dragoon Guards has been successful but that the axe might instead fall on a battalion of the Royal Welsh. The wording of Mr Llwyd's EDM explains why that's a cause for concern:
That this House believes that The Royal Welsh should be retained in its current format; notes that the 1st battalion was formed to represent the Royal Welch Fusiliers and that the 2nd battalion represents the Royal Regiment of Wales following its merger in 2006; and is of the opinion that any attempts to cut The Royal Welsh would be detrimental to the status of the armed forces in Wales and would breach previous undertakings that these time-honoured and distinguished regiments would be supported in continuing to exist in this form.