New army jobs on the cards at Portsmouth base

BATTERY POWER Captain Colin McQuillan stands in front of a Stormer artillery vehicle at the Territorial Army Centre in Peronne Road, Hilsea. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132555-656)
BATTERY POWER Captain Colin McQuillan stands in front of a Stormer artillery vehicle at the Territorial Army Centre in Peronne Road, Hilsea. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132555-656)
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Army jobs are set to be created when a new artillery battery starts up in Portsmouth.

The 295 Battery 106 (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery is set to open at the Territorial Army Centre in Peronne Road in Hilsea.

Roughly 100 jobs are going to be created as a result – and now people are being encouraged to sign up.

The new battery will be an Air Defence sub-unit and will work closely alongside the 12th Regiment Royal Artillery, based in Thorney Island.

To celebrate the new battery, a Stormer artillery vehicle was brought into the centre yesterday to give people an idea about what it would offer. A presentation then took place.

Captain Colin McQuillan is the operational support officer for the 106 regiment.

He said: ‘The new battery will give Portsmouth the opportunity to engage with the military and for us to engage with the community.

‘One of our main focuses is to get up and running as soon as possible and then get working with the council to be involved with the local community.

‘We want to be working with the council, Portsmouth Football Club, local sports clubs and charities. Under new goals and initiatives, community engagement is everything to us.

‘If we engage with the local community we get the support to enable us to do our jobs better.’

The 295 Regiment used to be based in Portsmouth during the Second World War but was disbanded when the war ended.

Now, Cpt McQuillan is encouraging people to sign up and join the army.

‘For anyone from 18 upwards it’s a great time to join because they will be involved with the creation of a new battery. It’s a new unit.

‘Every person that joins us gains opportunities in leadership and teamwork skills as well as operational effectiveness and their personal development on the education side of things.

‘It’s an exciting time for someone to be joining and be a part of that.’

Sergeant Major Craig Western is based at 12 Regiment.

He said: ‘We are very excited about the opportunities that are going to arise with an air defence battery so close to us from the reservists.’

It’s hoped the new battery will officially be in office by the middle of January.

There are full time and part-time jobs available.