The 2 Rifles Battlegroup is a light infantry comprising three infantry companies, a fire support company and attached artillery, engineering, logistic and medical support elements. Light role infantry units provide a highly agile combat force able to operate on all terrains, offering reconnaissance, sniper and anti-tank capabilities.
The Battlegroup will be fully integrated within the 2nd Estonian Infantry Brigade and will conduct training across the Baltic nations, Poland and Finland over the next six months. Training will prioritise integration, agility and high readiness.
The new Battlegroup replaces the outgoing Royal Tank Regiment Battlegroup which leaves Estonia following completion of nine months on the eastern flank supporting the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP). They were extended in February 2022 when the British Prime Minister announced that the UK would double its presence in Estonia by deploying a second battlegroup.
The 2 Rifles Battlegroup Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel William Wells commented:
We feel privileged to have been chosen to deploy to Estonia as part of the UK's contribution to eastern Europe.