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End Of Mission For The Empire

Light Dragoons eFP JACKAL in Lithuania during multinational NATO exercise in June [© Bob Morrison]

Today B Squadron of the Light Dragoons formally took over from A ‘The Empire’ Squadron LD who have been in the vanguard of NATO’s eFP (enhanced Forward Presence) multinational battlegroup in Poland for the last six months.

Last Thursday (12th) UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon hosted Poland’s Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz in London.

Polish Defence Minister Macierewicz welcoming the Light Dragoons to Poland in late March [© Bob Morrison]

The subsequent FCO and MoD press release stated: “The Foreign Secretary and Mr Waszczykowski discussed areas of shared interest including European security, joint work on the Western Balkans, and countering Russian influence in Eastern Europe. During their meeting, the Defence Secretary and Mr Macierewicz discussed increasing military ties and co-operation, in particular working towards a Defence Capability and Industrial Partnership to strengthen co-operation between UK and Poland defence industries.”

The release continued: “Sir Michael also renewed the UK’s commitment to NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence with 150 British troops deployed in Poland to support the US-led Battlegroup. Over the next week, the next squadron of soldiers from the Light Dragoon’s B Squadron, based in Catterick, will arrive in Poland. From 20 October they will stand alongside the US and other NATO allies, deterring any potential threats of Russian aggression.”

Traditionally A Squadron of the Light Dragoons is known as ‘The Empire’ and B Squadron is known as ‘The Guards’. One of the British cavalry regiment’s squadrons is currently tasked to 2nd Squadron of the US 2nd Cavalry Regiment as a component of BG POL.

British soldiers assigned to Battle Group Poland speak to a Polish officer Oct. 17, 2017 at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Orzysz, Poland[US Army: SSgt Jennifer Bunn]


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