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Abbreviations


 

Structure of 3rd (UK) Division - 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade Tidworth - 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade Bulford - 20th Armoured Inf Bde - 16th Air Assault Bde - 101 Logistic Brigade Organisation

FORMATIONS

3RD (UNITED KINGDOM) DIVISION - THE REACTION FORCE
 

This formation provides the high readiness elements that will undertake short notice contingency tasks and provided the conventional deterrence for Defence. Trained and equipped to undertake the full spectrum of intervention tasks, this force based upon three armoured infantry brigades under a divisional headquarters with associated support elements and an air assault brigade, will provide the building blocks for any future enduring operation. Given the high readiness nature of this force, it will comprise predominantly Regular Forces with about 10 per cent being drawn from the Reserve Forces.

16 Air Assault Brigade During operations either all, or some part of 16 Air Assault Brigade would most likely be under command of 3rd (United Kingdom) Division. The Order of Battle of this brigade is therefore given in this section.

During peace, the aviation elements of this brigade are under the command of the Joint Helicopter Command for support, administration and some aspects of training. (See Joint Forces Section).

3 Commando Brigade - a Royal Naval formation, is available to support 3rd (United Kingdom) Division if necessary.


3RD (UNITED KINGDOM DIVISION) - BRIGADES

1st Armoured Infantry Brigade (Tidworth)

Unit

Role

Location

Affiliated Reserve Unit

Household Cavalry Regiment

Armoured Cavalry

Windsor

 

Royal Tank Regiment

Armour (T56)

Tidworth

 

1st Bn The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

Armoured Infantry

Tidworth

 

1st Bn The Mercian Regiment

Armoured Infantry

Bulford

 
4th Bn The Rifles Heavy Protected Mobility Aldershot  
 

12th Armoured Infantry Brigade (Bulford)

Unit

Role

Location

Affiliated Reserve Unit

Royal Lancers

Armoured Cavalry

Catterick

 

Kings Royal Hussars

Armour (T56)

Tidworth

Royal Wessex Yeomanry (R)

1st Bn The Yorkshire Regiment

Armoured Infantry

Warminster

 

1st Bn The Royal Welsh

Armoured Infantry

Tidworth

 
1st Bn The Scots Guards Heavy Protected Mobility Aldershot  

20th Armoured Infantry Brigade (Bulford)

Unit

Role

Location

Affiliated Reserve Unit

Royal Dragoon Guards

Armoured Cavalry

Colchester

 

Queen's Royal Hussars

Armour (T56)

Tidworth

 

5th Bn The Rifles

Armoured Infantry

Bulford

 

1st Bn The Princess of Wales's  Royal Regiment

Armoured Infantry

Bulford

 

4th Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland Heavy Protected Mobility Catterick  

16th Air Assault Brigade (Colchester)

Unit

Role

Location

Affilliated Reserve Unit

2nd Bn The Parachute Regiment Parachute Colchester

4th Bn The Parachute Regiment (R) (Pudsey)

3rd Bn The Parachute Regiment Parachute Colchester
3rd Regiment Army Air Corps Attack Wattisham

6th Regiment Army Air Corps (R) (Bury St Edmunds)

 

4th Regiment Army Air Corps Attack Wattisham
7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery Close Support Colchester  
23rd Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) Combat Support Woodbridge  
13 (Air Assault) Regiment Royal Logistic Corps Logistic Support Colchester  
16 Medical Regiment Medical Support Colchester  
7th (Air Assault) Bn Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Helicopter Support Wattisham  
12 (Air Assault Battery) Royal Artillery Air Defence HVM Thorney Island  
216 (Parachute) Signals Squadron Comms Colchester  

101 Logistic Brigade (Aldershot)

Unit

Role

Location

Affilliated Reserve Unit

1st Regiment RLC Close Support Bicester  
3rd Regiment RLC Close Support Aldershot
4th Regiment RLC Close Support Abingdon  
9th Regiment RLC Theatre Support Hullavington 157 (Welsh) Transport Regt RLC (R) Cardiff
10th Queens Own Gurkhas Regt RLC Theatre Support Aldershot 151 Transport Regiment RLC (R) (Croydon)
27th Regiment RLC Theatre Support Aldershot 154 (Scottish) Transport Regt (RLC) (Dunfermline) & 156 Supply Regt RLC (R) Liverpool
1st Armoured Medical Regiment Casevac Tidworth  
4th Armoured Medical Regiment Casevac Aldershot  
5th Armoured Medical Regiment Casevac Tidworth  
3rd Armoured Close Support Bn REME Close Support Tidworth 105 Bn REME (R) Bristol
4th Armoured Close Support Bn REME Close Support Tidworth 103 Bn REME (R) (Crawley)
6th Armoured Close Support Bn REME Close Support Tidworth  
5th Force Support Bn REME Force Support Cottesmore