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Soldiers complete tracks on Plain
SOLDIERS from the Royal Engineers have completed the final link in a 50km network of stone tracks across Salisbury Plain which will help minimise environmental damage caused by tanks and other military vehicles taking part in exercises.
Working with staff from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and its strategic partner Landmarc Support Services, soldiers from 26 Engineer Regiment constructed the last three kilometres of track on the eastern edge of the Plain.
This enables safer, more efficient use of the training area by military traffic, including Challenger 2 tanks, while also reducing environmental damage.
Lieutenant Colonel John H Ridge, Commanding Officer 26 Engineer Regiment, said: “This was a true “win-win” project. DIO had help delivering improvements to the training estate and we were able to carry out valuable project management and plant training to keep our skills honed.
“My soldiers thoroughly enjoyed working alongside civilian contractors and learned a huge amount from the experience. Moreover, we have also been able to bring to bear the power of the reserves, with a number of soldiers from reserve regiments joining us on task throughout. It has been a superb training opportunity – I look forward to further such tasks in the future.”
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