Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

VIDEO: Cornish Army Reserves Train for Future Wars

Cyprus Reserves 1
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

5:41pm 8th May 2014
(Updated 5:41pm 8th May 2014)

Cornish army reserves complete a training exercise to help them prepare for any future wars.

150 reserves from 6th Battalion The Rifles and regulars from 1 Rifles have been in Cyprus for two weeks.

It is as part of the government's Army 2020 plan to integrate reserves and regulars.

D-Company, based in Truro, was leading Exercise LION STAR to defeat a ficticious enemy and stop them from damaging key infrastructure and taking control of Episkopi. Their mission; to defeat the enemy and protect Episkopi Garrison.

Cornish reserves on training in Cyprus        Cornish reserves training in Cyprus

The Battalions have been working in 30 degree heat and with very little sleep.

They have been living off 24 hour ration packs which include everything from peanut butter paste to boil in the bag chicken and tomato pasta. They are packed full of about 4000 calories; that is double what you and I would eat!

Cornish reserves eating on training in Cyprus

Among the exercises they carried out to prepare for the final assault, advance to contacts, so approaching and overcoming the enemy as a section, and an operation using a sniffer dog to uncover weapons.

Meet Otis the labrador:

The final assault involved all Platoons working together to defeat the enemy at three points named Objective Ginster, Objective Rowe and Objective Warren; you can take the boys out of Cornwall...!

They had to attack and overcome enemy forces up a steep, craggy hill until they uncovered the enemy's final position and secured Episkopi Garrison.

The final assault:

 

The reserves train every Tuesday evening and some weekends at bases from Truro to Shropshire and come from a variety of day jobs including nurses, sales coorindators, and even a ranger on Dartmoor. Many have already completed several active tours including Belize, Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Exercise LION STAR and under the Army 2020 plan, they have been paired with regulars in 1st Battalion The Rifles.

A day in the life: 1 Rifles Platoon Serjeant Thomas Bray from Bude

 
The reserves from Truro and the south-west are some of the first to work with top level surveillance weapons already used in Afghanistan.

FIST is a bit of kit which enables Dismounted Situational Awareness and although most of the technology has been around and been used for several years, it now has a laser used for target indication.

6 Rifles are amongst the first soldiers in the British Army to use FIST with the new laser and to have it made available to ALL exercising troops on exercise, so for example, all soldiers on a night patrol can use it at the same time.

It means that for the first time, every reserve infantry soldier on Exercise LION STAR in Cyprus can train to identify friend or for at night, in the pitch black.

It is now possible for reservess to learn a whole new set of the most modern battlefield tactics - skills which their regular colleagues have honed on recent operations and which they will use on joint exercises with 1 Rifles in the future.

 

Photos by Army photographer, Corporal Simon Longworth.  @Si_Army_Phot

5:41pm 8th May 2014

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
christmas presents

The Cornish Families Struggling To Afford Christmas

Two thirds of parents in the south-west will fork out £500

dead fish pentewan 2

PHOTOS: Cornish Beach Littered With Dead Fish

Experts are trying to work out how they ended up at Pentewan on Saturday

Most read
coastguard helicopter

UPDATE: Woman Pulled From The Sea At Polzeath

She was airlifted to Treliske on Sunday but doctors could not save her

will young

WATCH: Bodmin's Will Young "Declines" Strictly Group Dance

Singer has apparently refused to appear on the final show

Top articles

UPDATE: Woman Pulled From The Sea At Polzeath

Cornwall News: She was airlifted to Treliske on Sunday but doctors could not save her

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Network Rail to be stripped of complete control of railway tracks

National News: Network Rail is to be stripped of its complete control of England's railway tracks under Government plans.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Sculptor and painter Helen Marten wins 2016 Turner Prize

Showbiz News: The 2016 Turner Prize has been won by sculptor and painter Helen Marten.

Chapecoense team devastated by plane crash awarded trophy

World News: The Brazilian team that lost most of its players in a plane crash have been awarded the trophy they were travelling to contest when the tragedy occurred.

Grieving Brazilian town honours plane crash victims

Sports News: Thousands of people have attended a service at a football stadium in Brazil to pay tribute to those who died in a plane crash.

Giant foam 'blob' leaks from airport hangar and spreads in Santa Clara

Strange News: A giant 'blob' of foam has taken over the streets of a Californian town after leaking from an airport hangar.

Newer article

Cornish Mum Calls for Cervical Cancer Checks

Cornwall News: Sandra Cousins lost her daughter to the disease in 2011.

Older article

Cornwall Named UK's Poverty Capital

Cornwall News: Stats claim the Duchy is also one of the most deprived areas of Europe

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate 2Escape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.

Close

We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.