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Parade marks disbandment of Grantham transport regiment

The formal act of disbandment; the lowering of the Regimental flag for the final time.

The formal act of disbandment; the lowering of the Regimental flag for the final time.

Soldiers marched in Grantham on Saturday to mark the second disbandment of a regiment based in the town.

A parade by soldiers who made up the 160 Transport Regiment RLC took place at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks. It follows the breaking up of 168 Pioneer Regiment RLC in October last year, both part of an Army restructuring programme.

The ceremony was also to mark the formation of 160 (Lincoln) Squadron. The newly formed squadron will form part of 158 Transport Regiment RLC and will be based in Sobraon Barracks, Lincoln.

The Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Pat Vaughan, joined by the Honorary Colonel of 160 Transport Regiment RLC John Astbury and the Honorary Colonel of 158 Transport Regiment Mark Underhill, inspected the parade. The lowering of the regimental flag, which is the formal act of disbandment, then took place.

160’s commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Michael Hughes said: “Where there is history there is also emotion so there is sadness that the regiment is to be removed from the Army’s Order of Battle. But it is also a day to celebrate the regiment’s achievements that has seen soldiers deploy on operations including Afghanistan and Iraq.”

The regiment formed in 1993 to provide an opportunity for soldiers to pursue a transport career in the Army Reserve. Soldiers’ role was to provide transport of combat supplies and heavy lift capability in support of the Regular Army, in peace or times of conflict.

Prior to disbandment, soldiers were given the opportunity to join other reserve regiments.

Lt Col Hughes said: “Although the regiment is disbanding an RLC presence will remain in the county with the formation of the new squadron based at Sobraon Barracks. The soldiers can be proud of their achievements and look forward to the future.

“Many of the soldiers are going on to join the new squadron, but whichever unit they chose I know that they will serve their future units with the same commitment they have given to 160 Regiment RLC; a commitment that has made me proud to be their commanding officer.”

 

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