Your Modern Armed Forces
HMS Albion is a landing platform dock and an important
component of the modern surface fleet. Albion is affiliated to both
the City of Chester and the Mercian Regiment. Launched on 9th
March 2001 she served as the Royal Navy flagship from 2010 –11.
The ship is due to begin operational service once more in 2018
after a major refit.
The Mercian Regiment
The Mercian Regiment is your local infantry regiment. Formed on
1st September 2007 from The Cheshire Regiment, Staffordshire
Regiment and Worcester & Sherwood Foresters. The Regiment
recruits from the five counties which made up the ancient Kingdom
of Mercia. The Regimental mascot is a Swaledale ram, Private
Derby. He has his own Regimental number and draws his rations
just like any other soldier.
Queen’s Own Yeomanry
One of the Army Reserves light armoured reconnaissance
regiments, with Squadrons here in Chester and at Newcastle, York
and Wigan. They operate from RWMIK (Revised Weapons Mounted
Installation Kit) Land Rovers.
Royal Air Force
Cheshire has had a long association with the RAF since its
formation in 1918. In the Second World War there were a number
of active airfields nearby. 610 (County of Chester) squadron
formed in Hooton Park in 1936 and disbanded in 1957. Today our
nearest active base is RAF Woodvale, a training station