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Demanding exercise for oldest regiment

11 October 2016

The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) is training alongside forces from six nations on a multinational exercise in North Wales known as VAMBRACE WARRIOR.

The Reserve unit is working alongside regular British Army and multinational military units, the US Air Force and the RAF.

Based in London, the unit is the oldest regiment in the British Army with a history dating back to 1537. For the soldiers of the Honourable Artillery Company, this is the most ambitious exercise it has conducted.

The Honourable Artillery Company is a surveillance and target acquisition regiment and will be exercising its military skills over the week-long exercise in the North Wales. The scenario sees the Regiment protecting Llanbedr airfield and Trawsfynydd decommissioned power station against UK and multinational units from Malaysia, Japan, Ireland and the US Army and US Marines.

HAC surveillance and target acquisition patrol soldier conducts a tactical river crossing as part of Army Reserve training

The exercise will develop the Regiment’s operational role, including long range patrols and advanced observation skills. The HAC will be joined by British air defence units equipped with Rapier and High Velocity Missile air defence systems – making this the largest UK air defence deployment since 2003.

Reserve capability

As the Army Reserve expands, exercise VAMBRACE WARRIOR will be a notable demonstration of what Reservists are capable of achieving in a testing and exciting environment using the latest equipment alongside highly trained and motivated soldiers from three different continents.

For many of the nations taking part, this will be the first time they will have trained in the UK. They will be experiencing the demanding and challenging terrain of North Wales, meeting the Welsh people and making the most of the opportunity to train alongside the British Armed Forces, which is held in the highest esteem across the world.

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