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Hands-on training for TA on the Plain
TERRITORIAL Army soldiers from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) received hands-on training on millions of pounds worth of current operational vehicles and equipment over the weekend of October 18 to 20.
Personnel from units across the UK were taking part in Exercise Southern Bluebell on the Plain.
Its aim was to update their knowledge and competency at their trade, developing them as individuals, so that ultimately they are able to be mobilised and support the regular army.
The training on offer included battle damage repair using protected vehicles like those being used on operations in Afghanistan such as Mastiff 2, which costs £1.5m.
The Mastiff 2, along with the likes of Ridgeback, Coyote, Husky and Wolfhound, were used during the training.
As part of the exercise, recovery mechanics were set the challenge of using two 30 tonne Man (SV) recovery vehicles to rescue a fuel tanker that was on its side, pulling it back in to the upright using towing cables and straps and then taking it to a safe location.
Corporal Mark Davis, 30, who has served 12 years with the REME, is attached to The Royal Wessex Yeomanry and works repairing military vehicles for The Defence Support Group, commanded the operation.
The Plain also hosted the annual Land Combat Power demonstration, organised by troops from 3rd (United Kingdom) Division based at Bulford.
Senior military students from the Defence Academy, based in Shrivenham, took to the Plain, as well as officers attending the Captain’s Warfare Course in Warminster.
The display included a combined arms manoeuvre demonstration with Challenger 2 tanks and Warrior armoured vehicles simulating an attack on an enemy position and a sustainment operations stand with staged combat logistic patrols.
There was also a fully-deployed divisional headquarters.
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