Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Army appoints new chief for UK's 'northern region'

The new head of the Army in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England has taken up his post. Major General David Shaw (left) has been appointed as general officer in command of the Army's 2nd Division, based in Edinburgh, on Monday.

He replaces Major General Andrew Mackay who quit his post in September. Reports suggested Maj Gen Mackay had become frustrated about the Army's strategy in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defence would not comment on the reports at the time except to say it was “a private matter” for him.

Maj Gen Shaw assumes command of the largest regional forces division in the UK, having almost 25,000 troops in his area.

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