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Specialised Infantry Group
SIG
Specialised Infantry Group.jpg
Badge of the SIG
Active 2017—Present
Country Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Role Specialised Infantry Training
Size Brigade
Part of 6th (United Kingdom) Division
Garrison/HQ Aldershot Garrison
The Specialised Infantry Group or (SIG) is a new group of the British Army. The group was formed after the final Army 2020 refines. In addition to providing anti-terrorism training and support allies in overseas areas.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

The Specialised Infantry Group is the second newest larger formation of the British Army. The group was formed for counter-terrorism training, operations, and specialised training. The group was formed in October of 2017 when the two first battalions joined, being, 4th Battalion, The Rifles (4 RIFLES) and 1st Royal Scots Borderers Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS).[1][2][3][4][5]

In February 2018 the group deployed their companies for the first time on operations. Just a few months later in July the group added the 2nd Battalion, The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment (2PWRR) and also the addition of the Joint Counter Terrorist Training and Advisory Team.[2][3][4][5]

In January of 2019 the group added their fifth unit, 2nd (King's) Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment to the group. In April, the 3rd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles joined the group, making a total of 6 units.[2][4][4][5][6][7]

Unlike the other battalions of the British Army the specialised infantry battalions will be a smaller, reduced, stregnth of 267 men compared to the normal 559.[2][8] In 2019, the group joined the 6th (United Kingdom) Division after Force Troops Command was renamed in the beginning of August. In October, all units are expected to have at minimum a company deployed to Spec Inf Operations.

DeploymentsEdit

In February 2018 the 4th Battalion, The Rifles (4 RIFLES) deployed for the first time to Kuwait and supported their Kuwait Army and Kuwait National Guard.[9] Just a month before parts of the battalion had deployed to Afghanistan to aid the Afghan National Army in their training.[2][10]

In July 2018 the 2nd Battalion, The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment had a company, C Company, deploy to Nigeria. The company helped the Nigerian Army in their fight against Boko Haram and against terrorism in the country.[11]

OrganisationEdit

As of 21 December 2019 the group's structure is as follows:[4]

Specialised infantry battalions have a strength of 267 men compared to the other infantry battalions which have 559 or more.

CommandersEdit

Commanders of the group have included:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Defence review to see dozens of sites close - BBC News
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Specialised Infantry Group | The British Army
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Specialised Infantry Group Information
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Army Structure after Army 2020 refines
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Strategic Defence and Secuity Review Paper
  6. Formation of the 3rd Battalion
  7. New Gurkhas Battalion
  8. Army:Written question - 194616
  9. EXCLUSIVE: Specialist British Soldiers' First Operational Deployment In Kuwait
  10. SAS-style crack force is deployed to Afghanistan: 'Hand-picked, battle-hardened' British Army platoon flies out to train Afghan security forces
  11. Portsmouth soldiers teach Nigerian Army how to defeat brutal terror group Boko Haram 
  12. Peach KCB CBE, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Defence and Intelligence, Joint Forces Command (pdf). (2019) Retrieved 21 December 2019

SourcesEdit

  • Specialised Infantry Group | The British Army[1]

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