Ripon and Boroughbridge bases escape Army cuts

The 9 Regiment Army Air Corps parade through Boroughbridge.
The 9 Regiment Army Air Corps parade through Boroughbridge.

Army bases in Ripon and Boroughbridge have escaped cuts in today’s announcement on Army restructuring.

9 Regiment Army Air, who are based at Dishforth Airfield near Boroughbridge, is to merge with 1 Regiment Army Air Corps, with a single HQ based at Yeovilton.

The Regiment will train on Wildcat aircraft instead of the Lynx helicopters currently flown by 9AAC.

However, the base at Dishforth will not be affected by the cuts, a spokesman for Catterick Garrison has confirmed.

The 21 Royal Engineers, based at Ripon’s Claro Barracks, ha also escaped the cut.

Across the Regiment, the Royal Engineers will be reduced from 14 units to 11, with the withdrawal of 24 and 28 Engineer Regiments and 67 Works Group.

An announcement in August last year about the Dishforth base become home to a unit returning from base in Germany is also unaffected by today’s announcement, Catterick’s spokesman confirmed.

But the Yorkshire Regiment is to reduce from three regular regiments to two, and it has been announced the remaining units will lose the names of their traditional antecedents - including the Green Howards, the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and the Prince of Wales Own.