Distribution of forces

To aid with understanding of where links may be established there are some military sites. These may impact and be a source for Sussex. There are not large numbers of services:

  • HMS Shoreham, a Sandown class mine countermeasures vessel, enjoys close affiliations with the Sussex town, Shoreham.

  • 16 and 12 Royal Artillery Regiments are based on Thorney Island near Chichester.
  • Crowborough Camp is the country’s main training area, that is used by units based across the South East, and houses the Sussex Army Cadet Forces
    weekend training centre.

  • Southwick Park – Defence College of Policing with its world beating Forensics Training Facilities

Thales UK is Britain’s second largest defence company and it is based in Crawley.

In the county of Sussex there are approximately:

  • 900 Regulars

  • 220 Reserves
  • 3450 Cadets
  • 560 Cadet Adult Volunteers
  • Royal Navy (RN) None in Sussex
  • Royal Marines (RM) None in Sussex
  • Royal Air Force (RAF) None in Sussex
  • Army: 16 and 12 Royal Artillery Regiments, Thorney Island

With the exception of the two Artillery Regiments on Thorney Island there are no regular forces stationed within Sussex, however there will be a considerable number of individuals from Sussex who have joined the regular forces, who will return home on leave and may require access to NHS services. There will also be a number of individuals who will have settled their families in the county, but will still be serving in units outside of Sussex, who when returning home on leave may require access to NHS services.

The families of these individuals will come under the NHS for their medical needs, although the individuals' unit should look after both the individual and their family's welfare needs. However, those families living away from the unit home base tend to turn to the to local authority for assistance, and the unit will link them in appropriately. Not all will be living in private housing, so there will be a mix of social housing and some living with family.

579 Field Squadron (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Royal Engineers
579 Field Squadron (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Royal Engineers, are based at Tunbridge Wells as part of 101 (City Of London) Engineer Regiment with Regimental Headquarters based in Saffron, Walden, Essex.
The Regiment’s role is to provide Bomb Disposal and Specialist High Risk Search support to the Defence and Government Departments. The Squadron has three troops in: Reigate, Rochester and Tunbridge Wells.

63 (UKSF) Signal Squadron
The role of 63 (UKSF) Signal Squadron is to provide:

  • Individual and collective augmentation to the Regular Communications and Information Systems Component of UK Special Forces.
  • Communications and Information Systems support to the Reserve Component of UK Special Forces on exercises and operations.

B (Royal Sussex) Company 3 PWRR
B (Royal Sussex) Company, 3 PWRR is the local Army Reserve Unit in Sussex. They are based in the heart of Brighton, with a platoon outstation located in Eastbourne. B Company is proud of its record on operations, the Company have supported all areas of conflict in recent history and continue to provide volunteers for all future operations. B Company, Army Reserve Centre (ARC) is located in Quebec Barracks, Dyke Road, Brighton, which is home to the Rifle Company HQ, Rifle Platoon(s) and Javelin Platoon. The Company also have an outstation at Eastbourne. Eastbourne Rifle Platoon is located in Carter Barracks, Seaside, Eastbourne.

D Detachment 256 City of London) Field Hospital
The primary role of the Field Hospital is to provide clinical support to regular army on Operational Tours in times of conflict, peacekeeping and humanitarian situations. The Unit provides secondary healthcare to both soldiers and civilians. Health care professionals will be employed according to their civilian qualifications and experience but will be expected to work in a challenging military environment that could be either in tents or buildings using simple but robust equipment.

Battalion Headquarters 103 Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME)
103 Battalion REME's role is to provide trained soldiers and officers to deploy on military operations, working alongside the Regular Army. 103 Battalion’s men and women have deployed in support of recent operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cyprus, The Balkans and all over the United Kingdom. Battalion Headquarters delivers command and co-ordination to the three Regional Companies and three National Increment Companies. This capability is underpinned by the men and women of HQ Company based at the headquarters in Crawley.

South East Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association (SE-RFCA) is one of 13 RFCAs UK-wide, SE-RFCA is a Ministry of Defence (MOD) Crown body, responsible to the Defence Council, but separate from military chains-of-command. SE-RFCA gives support to the Reserve Forces and Cadets from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force in the Counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, East and West Sussex. The majority of the Association comprises volunteers, presided over by the Lord-Lieutenant of each County, ranging from high-ranking serving and retired military Officers, through local Councillors to enthusiastic locals, with no military experience, but with a will to support the Armed Forces and Cadets; so it can be seen that the Association has close links with the Community because it is part of that Community. In short, the main roles of SERFCA are:

Managing the volunteer estate (Reserve, Cadet and Training Centres) through building new Centres, maintaining current Centres to the required legal standard and ensuring that all sites are kept in good condition, fit for purpose and secure.

Encouraging support for the Reserves and Cadets This includes giving support to, in particular, Reservists by engaging with Employers and supporting Employers of Reservists who seek more information or who have Reservist Employees deployed on operations.

Supporting Cadets both cadets and adult volunteers in the Combined Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps.

Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
There are CCF contingents in 10 secondary schools and colleges within Sussex, offering young people a broad range of challenging, exciting adventurous and educational activities. Our aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline, Each CCF is an educational partnership between the school and the Ministry of Defence. CCF’s may include Royal Navy, Royal Marine, Army and Royal Air Force sections.

Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadets
Whether at sea or on land, the Sea Cadets offers young people across the UK amazing opportunities for personal development - by learning new skills and working in teams - they offer an environment where young people find new confidence and inspiration.
Established in 1856 the Sea Cadets was created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the unit building.

Sussex Army Cadets
The Army Cadet Force is open to all young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who are in school year 8 or above. Sussex Army Cadet Force has 27 detachments covering the whole of East and West Sussex as well as Brighton and Hove. Divided into 4 Companies they also have a Corps of Drums, Signals and Kitkar teams. Their Headquarters is at Highcroft House, in Brighton - an old building, built within the grounds of the Army Reserve Centre on Dyke Road, and it is home to our Head Quarters staff team.

Sussex Wing Air Training Corps
The Air Training Corps is open to all young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who are in school year 8 or above; offering young people a broad range of challenging, exciting adventurous and educational activities. Their aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline. Every year Air Cadets and Volunteer staff take part in exciting and challenging events all over the country.

It is harder to quantify the number of ex-service personnel in Sussex as there is no official monitoring of their placement once they have left the armed forces. This makes them a hard to reach community and is why organisations have to ask the question "have you served in the armed forces?" This will enable that organisation to ensure the individual and their family receive the appropriate support.

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