The 2012 Olympics


The 2012 Olympics provided an opportunity for the Armed Forces to display their professionalism and capabilities. All three battalions provided assets in support. The 2nd Battalion was key as their normal Woolwich ceremonial role was replaced by a new task as the Military Contingency Force or reserve in support of security for the games, comprising ten sub units under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Adam Crawley. The Battalion had trained extensively for ‘worst case’ scenarios for the Olympics Games but quickly surged to compensate for the G4S trained manpower deficit to provide venue security personnel at Games sites all over the south east of England. The level of work, maintaining of readiness and preparatory planning that went on behind the scenes by all battalions before, during and after the main Games remains largely unsung, but is typical of the quiet professionalism of the Regiment. The 1st Battalion also sent troops from Germany to assist the security at different venues and The 3rd Battalion mobilised eighty of its reservists to form Venue Security Force 2 at Eton Dorney, where the rowing took place. They were fortunate enough to witness a host of Team GB successes!