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Old 20-03-21, 07:29 AM
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Hello, I found this on SKY News this morning and wonder if anyone else has heard of this new British Military Formation??

New Army special operations Ranger Regiment to take on 'high threat' missions overseas

A new Ranger Regiment is being set up to complement the expertise of the SAS and take on "high threat" missions overseas.

The new Ranger Regiment will carry out high-risk missions overseas
Under the new plans, four infantry battalions will become the new regiment and will be able to operate in environments usually reserved for Special Forces troops.

The force would be expected to range from 2,000 to 4,000 soldiers.

The Special Operations Brigade is being set up after the government's Integrated Review of foreign and defence policy published this week.
The regiment will aid the SAS and SBS

A new Security Force Assistance Brigade will also offer training and guidance, the Ministry of Defence said.

They will be routinely deployed around the world to support the UK and allied nations' defence and security, a spokesperson added.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said of the unit, which will get a share of 120m in funding: "The best way to prevent conflict and deter our adversaries is to work alongside partners to strengthen their security and resilience.

A share of 120m will be invested in the unit
"These Ranger battalions will be at the vanguard at a more active and engaged armed forces."

Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, described the new regiment as the "vanguard of the Army's global footprint".

The announcement comes after the government's Integrated Review revealed China to be the biggest threat to UK economic security and Russia the greatest risk to defence.

The 114-page document, which warns of a world marked by more conflict, division and misinformation, made a number of dramatic policy changes, described by many as the biggest shake-up since the Cold War.

These included reversing a planned reduction in nuclear warheads and preparing for future pandemics or global emergencies.

It also indicated a "tilt" towards the Indo-Pacific region and focused on strengthening diplomatic trade links.


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Old 20-03-21, 07:41 AM
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A kind of permanent spearhead unit with an American inspired title?
Presumably no extra manpower will be recruited for it, why not repurpose an existing regiment?

Edit - it'd be good to see "The Light Infantry" return rather than "Ranger" as a unit title, but I suppose "Ranger" appeals more to Rambo type warry film watching and Medal of Honor game playing potential recruits of today.
Oh well, whatever it takes to achieve the aim, call 'em Startroopers if it gets the recruits and the job done - back in the day they could've lured me in with a few pints of beer and a couple of NAAFI hamburgers.

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Old 20-03-21, 12:28 PM
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They formed the 'Special Reconnisdsance Regiment in 2005 to complement the expertise of the SAS

As Leigh says why not repurpose an existing regiment like they did for the SPR?

Not all that impressed with the Ranger title either..
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