Troops to stay on Fylde in shake-up

(Pictured) The 2nd Battalion The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment Based at weeton Barracks near Blackpool  have been testing the vehicles, Weapons and techniques they may expect to employ while mentoring soldiers or the Afghan National Army on a Final Pre Afghanistan Deployment Exercise On Salisbury Plain About 500 soldiers from across the North West are taking part in the training, Including some from the Territorial Army.

(Pictured) The 2nd Battalion The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment Based at weeton Barracks near Blackpool have been testing the vehicles, Weapons and techniques they may expect to employ while mentoring soldiers or the Afghan National Army on a Final Pre Afghanistan Deployment Exercise On Salisbury Plain About 500 soldiers from across the North West are taking part in the training, Including some from the Territorial Army.

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SOLDIERS are set to remain on the Fylde coast after the army revealed its new plans for UK bases.

The army has confirmed the 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment - which is currently stationed at Weeton - will stay at the Fylde coast barracks as part of the Army Basing Plan.

The plan aims to provide better accommodation for troops and families, with £10m being invested in the North West, and to bring army personnel stationed in Germany home permanently by 2020.

Brigadier Nick Fitzgerald, Commander 42 (North West) Brigade, said: “It’s great to see that 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will stay in Weeton. This will ensure soldiers recruited from the North West can stay close to their families and friends, I’m sure the news will be welcomed as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan.”

As part of the plan for the North West, around 200 more soldiers will also be stationed in Preston when the 3 Medical Regiment is moved to Fulwood in 2014.

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