are incredibly valuable to both sides as a means of sharpening our respective ideas about recce.
A Squadron poses with a WILDCAT
that training was being done for them, not to them. Thus a diverse programme emerged that meant the Squadron was able to undertake a complex range of tasks when being trained by the Regiment. Not least among these was being the first outside the Army Air Corps to work with the WILDCAT helicopter. This, an extensively re-worked version of the LYNX, is unique among helicopters in having a BOWMAN radio that enables the crew to talk directly to any vehicle. They were also used to test us, and HCR vehicle crews were immensely reassured at how difficult it was for the helicopter crews to find their skilfully concealed hide locations, despite an extensive array of very sophisticated sensors. A crowded forecast of events meant for further disruption, mitigated by the new scheme of centralised vehicle ownership. This means that, while some weeks are written off to maintaining
the fleet, others are freed for training. This has made an enormous difference to soldiers’ lives and its full impact will be seen in 2017, which has been planned with the cycle in mind. In the meantime, the Squadron was heavily used to provide ‘enemy’ for other Squadrons’ exercises and to support other tasks. A highlight among the latter was Exercise ITALIAN STALLION, in which a group led by Lt J A Kjellgren LG enabled Italian Airborne Troop to test their integration with UK forces.
More conventional training was conducted in an individual skills package in Castlemartin, focusing on the absolute basics of soldiering, and a visit to Germany to use the Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (CATT). This is a simulation system that enables realistic mounted training while allowing experimentation. In this case, B-Chat cards, revitalised after years of neglect, were extensively re-worked as a means of communicating the minimum necessary information. On both voice and data, they provided an excellent means of controlling information flow. Despite considerable risk being taken with crew members swapping roles throughout (at one point Tpr Bridgeman RHG/D found himself in command of the Squadron - robust direction to Troop Leaders followed!), a penetration at night on radio silence was successfully achieved.
CoH Aspland-Monger RHG/D, LCoH Brown LG and LCoH Hookham RHG/D were deployed at different times to Ukraine and Latvia, supporting our allies in their preparations to meet a resurgent Russia. While only a few weeks at a time, these deployments
Lt Pagden-Ratcliffe and Tpr Hinchcliffe surge for the finish on Troop Tests
Command Tasks building junior leadership
LCpl Massey kills a dummy
The summer was shaped by the absence of Troop Leaders and CsoH supporting the Army Warfighting Assessment in the USA, with Lt FAX Pagden-Ratcliffe LG being chosen as acting ADC to the new Brigade Commander. With A Squadron’s Troop Leaders having taken the lead on delivering the Officers’ Mess Ball, there was little let up for them. Nonetheless, Lt PRM Flay RHG/D has managed to find a little spare time in which to convene a group to restore the Regiment’s Daimler Dingo. A very enjoyable Squadron lunch, marking many comings and goings, was organised by LCsoH Day and Lampard, with LSgt Simpson RAMC following the
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Published on May 8, 2017