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Army reorganisation 'will provide £100m investment in Wales'

Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb says that the army reorganisation will see a £100 million investment in Wales as 14th Signal Regiment unit relocate to St Athan.

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy, Pembrokeshire close, with 14th Signal Regiment moving to St Athan in 2018.

Whilst it is disappointing that we will see Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy, Pembrokeshire close, these changes are essential for our future Armed Forces. I am pleased that the defence footprint is largely being maintained and that 14th Signal Regiment will be relocating within Wales to St Athan.

It is also expected that Wales specifically will receive much-needed infrastructure investment of approximately £100m to support the rebasing.

– Stephen Crabb MP, Wales Office Minister

Alan Cairns: St Athan will become one of "UK's key military bases"

Alun Cairns has welcomed the news that the 14th Signal Regiment will move to the MoD base at St Athan.

The Conservative MP who represents the Vale of Glamorgan said that the announcement will "guarantee MoD funds in the area with increased spend from soldiers through to contracts for local builders for structural projects on site."

He said that without the move "St Athan could have been closed for development purposes" but that it will now become "one of the UK’s key military bases."

I am delighted that St Athan has been so successful in this Base Review. Winning the Royal Signals is a coup for St Athan. They are experts in electronic warfare, which along with the presence of Special Forces at the base puts St Athan at the cutting edge of the changes to modern conflict.

The decision, of course has been made on what is right for the forces.

This is a major boost for the community and wider economy. It secures the future of the site, for decades to come. It has been a long campaign and the support from the community has been key.

– Alun Cairns MP, Vale of Glamorgan

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Future of Pembrokeshire barracks in doubt

Cawdor barracks
There have been concerns over the future of the base for many months Credit: ITV News Wales

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.

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UK to withdraw 11,000 troops from Germany by 2016

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

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.

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