THORNEY Island could be set to become something of a centre of excellence for air defence in the country.
A re-subordination parade was held to mark the changing of 12 Regiment, which will increase in numbers.
This marks a fundamental change to command and control at the Emsworth barracks, as, for the first time, all British army air defence units will come under the same control.
Manpower on the base will be increased, with troops growing by around a third.
47 Regiment, which has been based at Thorney for a number of years, will now be moving on to Larkhill, Wiltshire.
They will be replaced by 16 Regiment, a larger unit currently based in the Midlands.
For the full story, see this week’s Observer (out December 12).