The 1st Battalion The Rifles is part of 160 Infantry Brigade based in South Gloucestershire, close to the Welsh border and Chepstow. As a light infantry battalion, 1 RIFLES have recently deployed on training missions to Mali, Ukraine, Slovenia and across the Middle East building on their successful operations in Afghanistan. Sport is an important part of life in the Battalion which excels at rugby but participates in numerous other sports. The Battalion has also conducted high profile overseas adventurous training expeditions that have included mountaineering, skiing and caving.
1 RIFLES Royal Colonel
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO ADC
Exercise Golden Owl
As part of 1 RIFLES ongoing Defence Engagement with the Kazakh Armed Forces, a team was sent to represent the UK in the international sniper competition known as Exercise Golden Owl. This competition is held every two years, hosted by the Kazakh Armed Forces and is the third time 1 RIFLES have participated.
Royal visitor for 1 Rifles ahead of deployment to the Middle East
1 RIFLES has been committed to the training mission in Iraq since August, 2015, and is completing a two-weeks skills package on the Lydd Ranges in Romney Marsh, Kent, in readiness for its latest deployment.
HRH The Duke of Kent, who is Royal Colonel to the battalion, was introduced to Riflemen and others attached to the battlegroup……..
In the last 12 months, 1 RIFLES has come under command of 160 Infantry Bde, based in Brecon, which sits in the Adaptive Force.
Since Apr 14, the Bn has adopted the A2020 ORBAT, which has meant some changes to rifle coys where there are now just 2 rifle pls and a MG pl. The 3rd rifle pl is then provided by 6 RIFLES. Between Apr- Sep 14, the Bn continued to provide 26 Rfn in support of Op NEWCOMBE (the European Training Mission in Mali) having supported this operation for the previous 6 months. During the summer, the Bn conducted and lead with a series of coy-level exercises on Sennybridge Training Area before switching to leading with the support to OP ISMAY, the NATO Summit in Newport. The Sniper Pl also found time to win the Tri-Service Sniper Competition, which earned them a trip to the US where they were placed as the first international team This saw lots of photo opportunities for Rfn with some famous people of the world, as well as a few ‘trophies’ apparently! The Autumn saw a peak of training activity, with the Bn conducting a PJNCO Cadre and Sp Wpns Cadres, as well as assuming readiness as part of VANGUARD in Dec- in addition to being at readiness for ARRC and JFHQ.
Since Jan 15, the Bn has been focussing more on its CT4 Ex, Ex WESSEX STORM, due over Jun. This started with BGHQ planning exercises, culminating in the Bn conducting CAST in Warminster in mid-Feb; the first time for a few years, but a success nonetheless! Straight after, nearly 200 Rfn were supporting Ex ASKARI STORM in Kenya with PRT and COEFOR earning plaudits for the quality of the ranges, as well as the mayhem they incurred as ‘quality insurgents’. At the moment, the Bn is in the midst of a MATTs and LF Battle Camp before switching into some coy-level exercises ahead of Ex WESSEX STORM on Salisbury Plain in Jun.