UK troops get ready to leave Germany

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Hundreds of UK troops will return from Germany in January.

Ministers said 1,800 soldiers would leave bases in the Rhineland early in 2012.

First home will be 43 Close Support Squadron of the Royal Logistic Corps, which will move from Gutersloh, Germany, to Abingdon in Oxfordshire by the end of January.

Military chiefs will send two returning units to former RAF bases at Cottesmore in Rutland and Kinloss in Scotland which had been mothballed under previous defence decisions.

The 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment will move from Cyprus to Cottesmore in July, while 39 Engineer Regiment (Air Support) will move from Waterbeach near Cambridge to Kinloss in the summer.

Altogether 450 service personnel from 7th Regiment Royal Logistic Corps will move from Bielefeld in Germany to Cottesmore by summer 2013, while the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment will move from Cyprus to Pirbright in Surrey in July 2013.

Ministers announced plans to relocate troops out of Germany, where the British Army has had a presence since the end of the Second World War in 1945, as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review in October last year.

Half of all UK forces in Germany will be back in the UK by 2015 and the rest by 2020, in a move estimated to save £250m a year and pump £650m into the British economy.

Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey said: ““The strategic objective remains to deliver a coherent and affordable defence capacity in 2020 and beyond.”