Shocked reaction at Green Howards axe

File photo dated 08/09/09 of Members of the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment at Weeton Barracks, Lancashire before deployment to Afghanistan. The Army is to lose 17 major units in the biggest overhaul of the service for decades it was announced today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 5, 2012. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the changes were needed to create a "balanced, capable and adaptable force" for the future. See PA story DEFENCE Army. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/09/09 of Members of the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment at Weeton Barracks, Lancashire before deployment to Afghanistan. The Army is to lose 17 major units in the biggest overhaul of the service for decades it was announced today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 5, 2012. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the changes were needed to create a "balanced, capable and adaptable force" for the future. See PA story DEFENCE Army. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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There was a shocked reaction in Scarborough following the long expected Government announcement that the Green Howards will be wound up.

The 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment has a long association with the town and traditionally recruits from the area.

2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) has the task of providing the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team Battle Group, usually called the OMLT, or 'omelette'.  While not a Battle-group in the traditional sense we do have an 'All Arms'

2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) has the task of providing the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team Battle Group, usually called the OMLT, or 'omelette'. While not a Battle-group in the traditional sense we do have an 'All Arms'

George Wilson, the secretary of the Scarborough branch of the Green Howards Association, said it was sad news.

He added: “It’s tragic for us all. It’s a shocking thing. There is over 350 years of history gone there.”

Mr Wilson, who served with the Green Howards during the Second World War, said he did not know if the battalion would ever be recreated.

He said: “I don’t really know – I suppose it depends on this financial situation. To rely on the Territorial Army, to make up the numbers, to me it doesn’t seem logical.”

John Anderson, the secretary of the Scarborough branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “It’s a tremendous blow particularly for the town because it’s a traditional recruiting area.”

The move is the biggest overhaul of the services in decades and will see the Army lose 17 major units.

Other infantry battalions to go include: the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment, and the 2nd Battalion the Royal Welsh.

The Armoured Corps will be reduced by two units with the merger of the Queen’s Royal Lancers and the 9th/12th Royal Lancers and the 1st and 2nd Tank Regiments amalgamating.

There will also be reductions in the number of units in the Royal Artillery, the Royal Engineers, the Army Air Corps, the Royal Logistic Corps, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Military Police.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the changes were needed to create a “balanced, capable and adaptable force” for the future.

The changes – to be completed by the end of the decade – will see the regular Army cut from 102,000 to 82,000 while the Territorial Army will be expanded to give a combined force of 120,000.

Mr Hammond said: “After inheriting a massive overspend from the last Government, we have had to make tough decisions to implement our vision of a formidable, adaptable and flexible armed forces,.

“After a decade of enduring operations, we need to transform the Army and build a balanced, capable and adaptable force ready to face the future.”

It is understood that further redundancies are expected on two more rounds of cuts.