The Westminster Dragoons
(WDs) are central London’s only Territorial Army
cavalry unit. One of the Royal Yeomanry
's five squadrons, their current role is to support the Formation Reconnaissance Regiments and the Joint Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Regiment on operations by providing skilled CBRN
Formed in the aftermath of Second Boer War
as part of the County of London Yeomanry
, the WDs fought in the Battle of Gallipoli
and led British forces onto the beaches during the Normandy Invasion
in 1944. The squadron most recently saw action on Operation Telic
, when was it was mobilised for the 2003 war in Iraq and again in 2006 for peace support operations there. Since 2007, soldiers and officers of the squadron have deployed as individual reinforcements on Operation Herrick
Following the lessons learned from the Iraq conflict in 2003, the Westminster Dragoons’ role is expanding with an increased emphasis on the light CBRN reconnaissance role using a range of cutting-edge detection equipment. In particular, it is planned that the WDs will follow the move made by the Joint CBRN Regiment towards working with the air assault infantry and the commandos.
The Westminster Dragoons use Fuchs
and FV 103 Spartan
armoured reconnaissance vehicles along with other high mobility transportation and specialist CBRN detection equipment.
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