After a short spell back in Detmold, the Regiment moved to Omagh, Northern Ireland for an eighteen month accompanied tour of duty in Counties Tyrone and Fermanagh. By November 1977 it was back in Tidworth, where the new Regiment formed in 1960, with C Squadron detached to the Sovereign Base Area in Cyprus. C Squadron was joined by A Squadron, serving in the United Nations force, for six months in 1978. While the Regiment was in Tidworth, troops served in the infantry role for six months with the 1st Battalion, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in Belize and the 3rd Battalion the Light Infantry in Cyprus.
The 5th May 1979 provided the first opportunity in nineteen years to present the Regiment with its new 9/12L Guidon. The ceremony was performed by the Colonel-in-Chief. The Old Regimental Guidons of both parent regiments were laid up in St Michael’s Garrison Church, Tidworth. Shortly afterwards the Regiment moved to Munster as an Armoured Reconnaissance regiment, equipped with a mixture of wheeled and tracked reconnaissance vehicles, to join the 5th Field Force.
After an 18 month stay at Munster the Regiment moved to Bergen-Hohne in November 1980, to take up duties as the 1st Armoured Division Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, fully equipped with the new tracked Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance family. In June 1982, C Squadron went to Northern Ireland to provide the Maze Prison Guard Force for three months, and in July the Colonel-in-Chief visited the remainder of the Regiment in Hohne.
In February 1984, the Regiment moved to Wolfenbuttel, reorganising into four sabre squadrons, handing its Scorpions over to the armoured regiments and taking back the Striker, guided missile system from the Royal Artillery. The basic reconnaissance vehicle then became the Scimitar.
In both 1985 and 1986 the Regiment competed in the Boeselager International Armoured Reconnaissance Competition hosted by the German Army. In June 1986 at Sontra the Regiment won the competition. Not only did the team win the Auslander competition (for all the non-German teams) but were placed first overall, the first and only time this has ever happened – a truly outstanding achievement. For his success in leading the team Sgt David Williams was awarded the British Empire Medal.
In January 1987 the Regiment moved to Wimbish in Essex, with three sabre squadrons and one Guided Weapons squadron. Its role then was as the Medium Reconnaissance Regiment for 3rd Armoured Division. On Friday 10 June1988 the Regiment was honoured with a visit by the Colonel-in-Chief. On Tuesday 21June 1988 the Regiment re-affirmed its close ties with the City of Derby and exercised its right to March through the City,