Tigers escape Army cuts

FIGHTING Cpl Kyle Denham from the First Battalion of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment during Operation Zamary Takhta in Lashkar Gah district
FIGHTING Cpl Kyle Denham from the First Battalion of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment during Operation Zamary Takhta in Lashkar Gah district
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HAMPSHIRE’S infantry regiment has been spared in today’s swingeing cuts to the army.

There were fears The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, nicknamed The Tigers, could lose its First Battalion and be merged with other regiments in the East of England.

But defence secretary Philip Hammond today outlined changes that did not affect the The Tigers, which trace their Hampshire roots back to 1702.

The MoD said it has had to reduce the army to 82,000 soldiers by 2020 to reduce the department’s £38bn budget deficit.

Mr Hammond announced four front line infantry battalions would be removed from the order of battle.

These were 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment and 2nd Battalion the Royal Welsh.

The 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, known as the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, will be cut to one company carrying out ceremonial duties.

There were cries of ‘shame’ from MPs as Mr Hammond said: ‘These withdrawals and mergers, unwelcome as I know they will be in the units affected, are fair and balanced and have been carefully structured to minimise the impact of the regular manpower reduction and maximise the military effectiveness of the army.’