Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan has welcomed the announcement that the 160 Brigade (Wales) will be retained at Brecon and that there will be a continued presence at St Athan.
The announcement was made by Defence Secretary Liam Fox as part of the Government’s reform of the Armed Forces. Mrs Gillan welcomed the announcement during a visit to the 160 brigade stand at the Royal Welsh Show.
Mrs Gillan said: “This is great news for Wales. With its headquarters in Brecon, the 160 Brigade has a proud history in Wales and I was delighted to be able to visit their stand at the Royal Welsh to share the good news. We will continue to have a presence at St Athan and will take the opportunity to move further Armed Forces’ units there, to make the most effective use of the site. Today’s announcements are a clear example of our commitment to defence in Wales.
“The Defence Secretary today announced that the defence equipment budget will increase by 1 per cent year on year in real terms from 2015. The measures we have put in place will help ensure our Armed Forces remain a formidable fighting force on the world stage in the future.”