Page 19

Company commander, following some consultation, delivered a comprehensive backbrief to his Comd Offr, which to his credit rivalled that of the US Company Commander. This was impressive for a Lt who had recently been posted in as an XO stepping up for his OC whose wife had just given birth. Briefing with confidence to his doctrinally pure Comd Offr, who pulled no punches, he carried himself well. Twenty four hours later he delivered his orders observing the 1rd 2rds rule in the Company lines in English to his Pl Comds and they too repeated the backbrief process assisted by the rest of the STTT with the SCM aiding the CSM. The Coy had been task to Confirm enemy in NAIs and then Identify and Destroy HVT to enable Airborne Coy to conduct Decant operations. After a three hour road move the Coy split into a Northern and Southern Group. The Southern Group inserted covertly in the south achieving all its objectives despite the XO breaking down. The lead units discovered and raided the VJTF HQ showing the versatility of CVR(T) in forest and marsh terrain. Their success was repeated in the following three missions over the five day exercise which saw the Company being Task Organised with light role Infantry Companies as fire support, and then as the BG mobile reserve and for shock action deep behind enemy lines. Being infantry they did more STRIKE than FIND, though it was interesting to see the way their AntiTank teams took on enemy armour with such tenacity; dismounting in cover and then manoeuvring into position to

D Sqn Ldr and SCM with the Latvian Coy Comd and CSM

engage armour with both Carl Gustav and SPIKE Anti-Tank systems. We were very impressed with how quickly they had picked up on the points we raised, taking on board British Recce doctrine. SCM Harris focussed particularly on the difficulties of mastering the CSS chain and the casualty extraction which was further complicated by distance and the lack of a committed ambulance with their CSM. It should be noted that both CoH Selby and LCoH Hookam performed above the standard required, working late after hours to ensure their Pl Comd and Pl Sgts were happy with the practical application of mounted tactics and vehicle husbandry. They would often take it that next stage further by deploying on foot as part of the Anti-Tank teams. The instructors from ARMCEN were able to bring the overarching assurance; doing the deep dive analysis of what the Bn required in the way of further development and how they could best develop and structure future training.

ican Black Hawks and a ground assault led by CVR(T)s followed by Estonian wheeled APCs. The event was attended by the Latvian Defence Secretary and a host of foreign dignitaries and press. We conducted a BG level feedback session and then Company feedback session which were warmly accepted and in return the Company gave us work on points about our approach to mentoring. On our last day with the battalion we were presented with regimental coins, pens and mugs by the Comd Offr and in return I presented the Company with a copy of ‘Pageantry and Performance’.

Latvian Bde Comd addressing Inf Coy and after the exercise

Latvian Anti Tank Teams beside Spartan armed with a Karl Gustav

By the end of the exercise it was clear to see how much the Company had developed and the pride they had it their CVR(T)s which have been the largest procurement project the Latvian Government had undertaken. On returning to Barracks once Endex was called we were greeted by the Latvian Bde Comd who informed us that Ex SILVER ARROW had been a success and they wished to grow their CVR(T) capacity further by mounting AT systems on top of Spartan for added flexibility and speed of engagement. The day after the exercise we were invited to film the Latvian Defence Force and their allies in the JRTF as they displayed their military capability which saw sorties conducted by Euro Fighter, an air assault by Amer-

Prior to leaving we were invited to a drinks reception by the British Ambassador in Riga; he and his team were incredibly helpful throughout our stay, particularly his Head of Security who was a former Coldstream Guardsman. The following evening we watched the local ice hockey team play in Riga before meeting up for drinks members of the 3rd Company. Being on this STTT was an amazing experience which gave us the opportunity to share all our CVR(T) knowledge, developing and enhance their capability and we also learnt a lot from the Latvians due to their creativity and tenacity. Our observation points were included in the 3 Div PXR and will shape and assist future STTT. I strongly recommend that we all take opportunities to serve on STTT as they will become the norm in the current future climate and provide a challenging environment for senior and junior commanders in which to operate, especially with cultural and linguistic barrier. Most importantly it is the best environment to develop and grow our soldiers.

The Challenge of Collective Training to a New Troop Leader by Lieutenant C M A Marlow Thomas, The Life Guards


ollective Training (CT)1 and 2 offer few surprises with regards to what to expect both as a troop leader and as a junior driver. It will inevitably

incorporate the standard mounted actions from an Observation Post screen to a withdrawal, identifying, tracking, assessing and prosecuting

the enemy where necessary. However, to confine the exercise experience to the one worded ‘actions’ the troops and squadrons perform, would be

Household Cavalry Regiment ■ 17

Household Cavalry Journal 2016  
Household Cavalry Journal 2016