12 July 2012
Queen Alexandra Mounted Rifles (QAMR) will begin their move north to Linton Military Camp this Friday when they leave Burnham Military Camp.
The majority of QAMR will depart Burnham between 0900-1000 tomorrow with 11 NZLAV (NZ Light Armoured Vehicle), 10 vehicles and support personnel.
LAV and QAMR personnel will be passing through State Highway 1, 73 and 74 on their way out to Lyttelton Harbour tomorrow to meet HMNZS CANTERBURY. In Lyttelton the unit will load their equipment and proceed on to Wellington to begin the journey to their new home in Linton.
Lieutenant Colonel James Kaio said, “As part of Army 2015 QAMR is being re-established as a unit-level organisation and re-roled as Cavalry based in Linton Camp. This will allow Army to best deliver its operational outputs both now and in the future. The move to Linton provides the opportunity to realise efficiencies by centralising LAV. In addition it allows for improved posting stability for the soldiers that crew the NZLAV and their families.”
Despite the move the services of QAMR will always be available to the South Island in times of crisis.”
The Unit has had a busy seven years in Canterbury and on numerous exercises and operations including their recovery and security support throughout the Christchurch earthquake recovery.
Defence personnel based at Burnham Military Camp and those throughout the Defence Force wish QAMR a safe journey north and have appreciated their time here in the South Island.
For any further information please contact, Regional Communications Adviser, Miss Zen Gregor on 0212243367.