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Irish Rangers/North Irish Militia

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. North Irish Militia .
1967.04.01 Formed in TAVR II with companies serving as successors to former TA battalions in the North Irish Brigade: .
. HQ Company at Portadown, successor to 5th Bn The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers .
. A (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) Company at Omagh with det at Enniskillen , successor to 5th Bn The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers .
. B (Royal Ulster Rifles) Company at Newtownabbey, Belfast, successor to 6th Bn The Royal Ulster Rifles .
. C (Royal Irish Fusiliers) Company at Portadown, successor to 5th Bn The Royal Irish Fusiliers .
. D (London Irish Rifles) Company at Chelsea, London, and Hillington, Middlesex, successor to 1st Bn The London Irish Rifles, The Royal Ulster Rifles .
1972 Renamed The North Irish Militia (4th (Volunteer) Battalion), The Royal Irish Rangers) .
1978.04.18 Renamed 4th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rangers (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th) (The North Irish Militia): HQ at Portadown .
. HQ Company at Portadown .
. A (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) Company at Omagh with det at Enniskillen .
. B (Royal Ulster Rifles) Company at Newtownabbey, Belfast .
. C (Royal Irish Fusiliers) Company at Portadown .
. D (London Irish Rifles) Company at Chelsea, London and Hillington, Middlesex .
1981 C Company redesignated as A Company, 5th Battalion; new C (Royal Irish Fusiliers) Company formed at Ballymena and Limavady .
1992.04.01 Reduced to a three rifle company order of battle: D Company at Chelsea, London, redesignated as D Company 8th Battalion, The Queen's Fusiliers .
1992.07.01 Formed part of corps of The Royal Irish Regiment without change of designations .
1993.04.01 Amalgamated with 5th (Volunteer) Battalion to form 4th/5th Battalion, The Royal Irish Rangers (Volunteers) .
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. 5th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rangers (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th) .
1971.04.01 Formed with HQ and a Command and Admin Platoon at Armagh from cadres: .
. B (Royal Irish Rifles) Company at Killyleagh, formed from cadre 6th Bn, The Royal Ulster Rifles .
. C (Royal Irish Fusiliers) Company at Armagh and Lurgan, formed from cadre 5th Bn, The Royal Irish Fusiliers .
1978 Battalion changed to BAOR role; company subtitles omitted?; B Company formed pln at Bangor .
1980 C Company consolidated at Lurgan, HQ Company formed at Armagh from elements C Company .
1981 A Company formed at Lisburn by transfer of C Company 4th Battalion .
1982 B Company moved to Newtownards; HQ Company and Support Weapons Groups moved to Banbridge, HQ remained at Armagh .
1986 D Company formed at Lisburn, moved to Belfast in 1988; Recce Pln formed at Armagh .
1992.07.01 Formed part of corps of The Royal Irish Regiment without change of designations .
1993.04.01 Amalgamated with 4th (Volunteer) Battalion to form 4th/5th Battalion The Royal Irish Rangers (Volunteers) .
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. 4th/5th Battalion The Royal Irish Rangers (Volunteers) .
1993.04.01 Formed by amalgamtion of 4th (Volunteer) Battalion and 5th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rangers, HQ at Charles Street, Portadown .
. HQ Company at Portadown with dets at Armagh and Enniskillen by amalgamation of HQ Company 4th Battalion and HQ Company and A Company 5th Battalion .
. A Company at Newtownards by redesignation of 'B' Company 5th Battalion .
. B Company at Newtownabbey by redesignation of 'B' Company 4th Battalion .
. C Company at Ballymena by redesignation of 'C' Company 4th Battalion .
1999.07.01 As a result of the Strategic Defence Review and battalion reorganised as The Royal Irish Rangers .
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. The Royal Irish Rangers .
1999.07.01 Formed by redesignation of 4th/5th Battalion The Royal Irish Rangers (Volunteers), Headquarters at Portadown .
. HQ Company at Portadown by redesignation of HQ Company 4th/5th Battalion. GPMG (SF) Pln at Portadown, Assault Pioneer Pltn at Enniskillen. .
. A Company at Newtownards by redesignation of A Company 4th/5th Battalion .
. B Company at Abbotscroft, Newtownabbey by redesignation of B Company 4th/5th Battalion .
. North Irish Horse at Dunmore Park, Belfast .
. Note: GPMG (SF) platoon probably under OPCOM A Company; Assault Pioneer platoon under B Company .
c2007 Redesignated 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment .
c2013 Battalion HQ and HQ Company at Portadown. To move to Lisburn by Dec 16. Portadown backfilled by C Company .
. A Company at Belfast .
. B Company at Newtonabbey and Ballymena .
. C Company at Armagh and Enniskillen. Armagh det to move to Portadown by Dec 2016. Armagh TA Centre to be vacated .
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