The Battalion were stationed in Colchester from 1989 to 1995 and this involved Operational tours to South Armagh – August 1989 until January 1990, Fermanagh – April 1991 until October 1991 and Co Tyrone – December 1993 until June 1994. During this period tours were also conducted in Cyprus (1992) and Fort Lewis in the USA (1995). From July to October 1995 the 1st Battalion was sent to Croatia as part of 24 Airmobile Brigade.
In 1992 the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment was merged into the 1st and 2nd Battalions.
East Anglia and it’s Regiments have always had strong ties with Colchester as a Military Town and during the period that the Vikings were stationed in Colchester, these ties were strengthened as many Vikings have put down roots in the Town and neighbouring villages.
I am expecting big things from the Colchester contingent of the Viking Veterans!!