Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Royal Marine Reserve detachment to leave

A NAVAL unit in Henley will no longer be based in the town.

A NAVAL unit in Henley will no longer be based in the town.

The Royal Marines Reserve detachment in Friday Street is one of three set to vacate their current premises under plans to expand the reserves which were unveiled by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond on Wednesday.

It will be relocated in Reading.

The Henley base will remain open to community groups, including the Henley army cadet force and the Henley air cadets.

Under the Government’s Future Force 2020 reforms, 35 army bases and three naval bases across the country will be go and replaced by nine new or re-opened army bases, two naval bases and two Royal Air Force bases.Mr Hammond said the plans included a trained army of 112,000 comprising 82,000 regulars, 30,000 reservists and 8,000 further reservists in training.

An additional £1.8billion will be invested in the army reserve in the next 10 years with the introduction of new incentives for small and medium-sized businesses to support reservist employees.

A £5,000 “signing-on bounty” and upgraded holiday and pension entitlements will be awarded to former regulars who sign up to the reserves.

The process for those leaving the regular forces and entering the reserves will also be streamlined.

A spokeswoman from the Ministry of Defence said there were no current plans to sell the Henley base.

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