Operations in Cyprus

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The 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment has been based in Cyprus twice. The Tigers are currently the Regional Standby Battalion on Very High Readiness for potential deployments in the Middle East and North Africa. However, the Battalion has had significant operational commitments in Afghanistan. Cyprus has also been the venue for regular and reserve exercises, but in addition, there is a long standing United Nations peace-keeping commitment. This involves helping to police the ‘Green Line’ or Buffer Zone between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots, who have been in dispute for many years.

The 3rd Battalion picked up this important operational role in 2013/2014 as the Mobile Force Reserve (MFR). Wearing their blue berets, the MFR, a company commanded by Major Jim Phipps, helped provide security and coordination of meetings between the two factions, some of which were historic. They worked closely with an Argentinian unit and were also involved training the United Nations Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Joint Mission in Syria. The Tiger sleeve badge was worn next to the United Nations emblem. This deployment highlights the changing and increased utility of the Army Reserves.