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5th Battalion The Rifles

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Formerly 1st Battalion The Light Infantry, reformed as 5th Battalion The Rifles in 2007.

The Battalion is currently based in Germany, where it has been since 2002.

An Armoured Infantry Battalion, equipped with the world beating Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV), which they fought with, in the deserts of Southern Iraq. They are the Army's primary and most deployable 'heavy metal' asset, with prime use of the best training facilities and the best training areas the Army has to offer. This ensures that they remain at the highest possible level of training, ready to deploy wherever and whenever their skills are needed.

5 RIFLES are, and always has being an operationaly experienced Battalion.

 In 1993, when the LI reduced from 3 Battalions into 2, 1LI was merged with 2LI who at that time, were widely accepted to be the most operationally experienced Battalion in the British Army.   On formation of The RIFLES, the Battalion continues this tradition 

5 RIFLES commitment to operations continues today. In the past three years, the Battalion has taken part in three major operational deployments in Iraq, and smaller groupings and individuals have deployed on many more, ranging from Kuwait to Afghanistan.

External Links

MoD webpage here

Regimental Museum, Ogilby Trust

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