Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Decision to keep Chivenor regiment is welcomed

15:56 12 April 2014

24 Commando Engineer Regiment parades through Braunton in 2011 after returning from Afghanistan.

24 Commando Engineer Regiment parades through Braunton in 2011 after returning from Afghanistan.

Archant

Nick Harvey MP welcomes reversal of plans to retain 24 (Commando) Engineer Regiment following defence review.

NORTH Devon MP Nick Harvey has welcomed the decision to retain Chivenor’s engineer regiment.

Thursday’s announcement revisits the withdrawal of Chivenor’s 24 (Commando) Engineer Regiment as part of wider armed forces restructuring set out in the 2012 Army 2020 Review.

Following a review into the Army capabilities available to support Royal Navy tasks, it has been decided the regiment will now be kept at Chivenor, but in slightly smaller numbers.

The changes are expected to come into operation no later than July 2015.

“Chivenor is an incredibly important part of North Devon’s identity and we can all be proud of its skilled military personnel, who have made an outstanding contribution to operations in Afghanistan in recent years,” said Mr Harvey.

“The 2012 decision to downgrade Chivenor’s engineer regiment took everyone by surprise and the community’s reaction was understandably of shock.

“However it was said at the time that the decision was subject to a review by the chain of command as to what logistical support the Marines need.

“There was clearly some recognition in its conclusions about how valuable the skills of regiments like 24 Royal Engineers are to the Marines going forward, so I’m pleased the Government indicated that the regiment’s head count will at least be partially restored to reflect this.

“At a time of major Army restructuring and a rebalancing of capabilities across the board, the announcement provides us with assurances Chivenor’s capabilities will be valued into the future. I look forward to seeing a smaller but no less important 24 Engineers Regiment playing an active role at the base once again.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Find out when Santa will be visiting Bideford, Barnstaple, Torrington, Northam, Appledore, Fremington, Yelland and Braunton.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:43

Guest had to break glass with his bare feet and barely escaped alive with his young son after Europa fire that revealed ‘a number of failings’

Read more
Yesterday, 16:35

Police are appealing for information after a woman in her 60s had to be cut from her car at junction of Abbotsham Road and Belvoir Road.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

The tractor, which still works today, was first bought in 1954 and is the inspiration behind a series of children’s books.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:51

Bishop Sarah Mullally visits centre as part of a three day tour of North Devon

Read more
Yesterday, 12:29

The force has confirmed it is investigating allegations in Devon and Cornwall of child sex abuse within football.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:12

A hearing will run next week in Northam to determine the future of Westward Ho! village green on Golf Links Road.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:43

School goes from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ in just two years

Read more
Yesterday, 10:25

Find out what time the Christmas lights will be switched on in Bideford on Sunday, and what else you can expect throughout the day.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:10

Find out how you can give a gift and help North Devon families in crisis over the festive holiday during our annual appeal.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications