A battlegroup headed by the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1PWRR), part of 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade (The Iron Fist), is currently at the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS), in Canada, conducting training as part of Exercise Prairie Storm 2.
After a period of familiarisation and before moving into the next phase of the exercise, where the battlegroup will have their weapons and vehicles fitted with the technical engagement system, a state-of-the-art computer programme that records every detail of an attack, they have just undertaken and concluded an integrated battlegroup live firing exercise.
The live firing training serial saw 1PWRR deploy across the vast plains near Alberta and featured dismounted infantry fighting in trenches and an urban environment, the firing of the Javelin portable missile system and Warrior Armoured Vehicles.
Also involved were Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks crewed by The Queen’s Royal Hussars, Combat Engineers from 35 Engineer Regiment, who provided obstacle clearance, bridge laying capabilities for the armoured vehicles as well as assisting the dismounted troops with house clearance using ‘explosive method of entry’. Fire support came from 26th Regiment Royal Artillery using the AS90.
The Close Combat Support was provided by 1st Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps and 3 Armoured Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, who provided the battlegroup with ammunition, fuel resupplies and vehicle and weapon maintenance.
With 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade assuming the role as the lead Headquarters for NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force 2017 (Land) - part of the United Kingdom's commitment to NATO Assurance Measures, under the NATO Response Force - Exercise Prairie Storm 2 is providing 1PWRR and the battlegroup with perfect training preparation for potential future tasks.