Final British Army units to return from Germany in 2019

8 November 2015 (Last Updated November 8th, 2015 18:30)

The UK Government has announced the withdrawal of the final British Army units in Germany by 2019.

The UK Government has announced the withdrawal of the final British Army units in Germany by 2019.

The decision to relocate troops from Germany to the UK is part of the UK's Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) 2010.

According to 2012's Army 2020 Study, the army would be made up 112,000 personnel. This includes 82,000 regular soldiers and 30,000 trained reserve soldiers.

"Our priority is to provide a better estate for our armed forces."

The final units, including those from Paderborn-based 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade, will return to Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, in the last phase of the Army Basing Programme.

5 RIFLES, 6 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps and elements of 1 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps will withdraw from Germany in 2016. They will relocate to Bulford, Dishforth and Bicester respectively.

The 102 and 105 Military Working Dog Squadrons will withdraw to North Luffenham in 2017.

Defence Infrastructure Organisation chief operating officer Colin Wood MBE said: "Our priority is to provide a better estate for our armed forces and this will allow us to finalise our plans for brand new living and working accommodation for troops and their families.

"The MOD is investing more than £800m in infrastructure in and around the Salisbury Plain area."

"This will boost the local economy and provide 1,000 brand new homes for service families, thousands of new bed spaces for single soldiers and the construction, conversion or refurbishment of more than 250 other buildings such as offices, garages, workshops and mess facilities."

The programme has relocated around 74% of personnel from Germany since 2010, with over 5,000 personnel having returned to the UK this summer.

The army's plans will see 15,000 troops move to Salisbury Plain by 2020.