The purpose of military affiliations is to demonstrate the Livery’s support for the Armed Forces of the Crown and to recognise the sacrifices that they make on our behalf. It is also intended to increase the Livery’s appreciation of the activities undertaken by our Armed Forces now and in the future. Additionally, the Livery hopes that members of affiliated units will be better informed of the Livery’s role in particular and more generally of the importance of the City of London in the fabric of the nation they protect.
For each affiliation there is a designated Livery point of contact, whose name can be found at the bottom of the respective unit’s factsheet. Should you have any questions or comments please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
849 NAVAL AIR SQUADRON (849 NAS)
849 Naval Air Squadron is part of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm. It was formed during the Second World War as a carrier-based torpedo-bomber unit, flying missions against Japanese targets in the Far East. Its service since the Second World War has been as an airborne early warning squadron, flying fixed winged Skyraiders and Gannets from the aircraft carriers from 1952 until 1978, and airborne early warning Sea King helicopters from 1982 to 2018. The Squadron is currently undergoing a transition to operating Crowsnest, the Royal Navy’s new airborne early warning system, which will be carried on the Merlin Mk2 helicopter.
Current Squadron News
849 NAS’s current Commanding Officer is Cdr Colin McGannity and in 2020 the aircrew have continued their detachment onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth with its sister squadron 820 NAS, maintaining operational experience in the maritime environment and conducting trials alongside the UK’s F35 Lightning jets. This preparatory work comes ahead of a full squadron embarkation later in the year, putting its new Crowsnest mission system to the test, and operating as an integral part of the Carrier Task Group. This will see 849 NAS standing up once again as the ‘Eyes of the Fleet’.
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THE ROYAL IRISH REGIMENT
The Royal Irish Regiment is an infantry regiment comprising two battalions. The 1st Battalion is a Regular Army battalion based at Ternhill in Shropshire. The 2nd Battalion is a Reserve battalion based in several locations across Northern Ireland. The Regiment, which was formed in 1992 from the Royal Irish Rangers and Ulster Defence Regiment, traces its lineage from a several famous antecedent regiments including the 27th (Inniskilling), 83rd (Royal Ulster Rifles) and 87th (Royal Irish Fusiliers). The oldest, the 27th Regiment of Foot, was raised in June 1689 to fight in the Williamite War in Ireland.
The motto of the regiment is Faugh A Ballagh, derived from the Irish Gaelic phrase for "Clear the Way". This originates from the Peninsular War when Ensign Edward Keogh of the 87th Regiment let out the cry while capturing a French Imperial Eagle at the Battle of Barrosa. The Colonel of the Regiment is Maj Gen Colin Weir, DSO MBE. The Deputy Colonel is Colonel Darren Doherty, currently the Defence Attaché in Dublin and who attended the Associated Companies Dinner in 2019. The Regiment draws a significant number of recruits from the Republic of Ireland as well as the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.
Current Regimental News
The 1st Battalion returned from Kabul in November 2019, where it had been deployed on Op TORAL since May. Twelve members of the Battalion received United States Army Achievement medals for their work in support of the Police Institutional Advisory Mission. The Battalion conducted homecoming parades through Market Drayton on 3rd December near their barracks and in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, on 14th December, which is their principal recruiting area.
In the autumn of 2019 the 2nd Battalion successfully conducted training at Sennybridge, Wales, which included urban operations. In October 2019, members of the Royal Irish team won a silver medal in the Cambrian Patrol Competition, which is an arduous test of leadership, self-discipline, courage, physical endurance and determination taking highly experienced teams from across the British and foreign armies. By way of example, a French Foreign Legion team, which was entered into the same competition, also achieved a silver medal. To follow up, the team engaged in mountaineering in the Mourne Mountains.
In the recent Armed Forces Operational Awards List, Colour Sergeant C Milliken, of the 2nd Battalion, was awarded a Joint Commander’s Commendation for his work during Op TURUS, a training and advisory mission to the Nigerian Armed Forces combatting Boko Haram. Meanwhile in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List, Major Michael Jamison VR, also of 2nd Battalion, received the Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal.
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