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19th Light Brigade

The 19th Light Brigade is a deployable brigade of the British Army assigned to the 3rd (UK) Division. The Headquarters, which is based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland commands, controls, force generates and trains units for operations in support of 3rd (UK) Division and the British Army's Land Component.

During the 1960s and 1970s, what was then the 19th Infantry Brigade was based at Cherry Tree Barracks in Colchester, Essex, England until it was relocated to a new barracks built on the old Garrison Cinema. In 1966, the Brigade assumed an air portable role. In 1970 it was deployed to Malaysia to participate in Exercise Bersatu Padu as part of 5th Commonwealth Division. This division was composite formation of Royal Marines, 4th Malaysian Infantry Brigade, Australian and New Zealand forces. The exercise represented at the time the largest UK out-of-area exercise since the Suez Crisis.

In 1978, the Brigade was redesignated as 7th Field Force. In 1982, it was redesignated back to the 19th Infantry Brigade. During the Cold War, the Brigade served in Suez, Borneo, Libya, Cyprus, the Middle East, Kenya, and Northern Ireland.

The Brigade renamed in Colchester until April 1993, when the Brigade was retitled as the 19th Mechanized Brigade and moved to Catterick Garrison in Catterick, North Yorkshire, England. The Brigade participated in peacekeeping operations in the Balkans during the 1990s.

The Brigade deployed as a headquarters to Kosovo in 2001, and to Iraq on Operation Telic's Rotation 2 between June and November 2003. There it was based in the southeast of the country around Basrah and Al Amarah. In January 2005, the Brigade was retitled as the 19th Light Brigade and subsequently all the Brigade's armour was backloaded for the new arrival of the Pinzgauer light vehicles.

The Brigade deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Herrick's rotation 10, being based in Helmand's provincial capital Lashkar Gar for the duration of their time there. A ceremony was held at Headquarters, Task Force Helmand in October 2009 to mark the Transfer of Authority in Helmand province between 19th Light Brigade and 11th Light Brigade. 19th Light Brigade lowered its flag at the Task Force Helmand headquarters, marking the end of a successful 6-month tour. Following its redeployment, The Light Dragoons were reassigned to the 12th Mechanized Brigade, another deployable brigade assigned to the 3rd (UK) Division).




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