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Anglo-German exercise sees soldiers awarded

10 April 2017

35 Engineer Regiment recently deployed out to Sennelager Training Area on Exercise HECTOR’S RESPONSE.

Not only did the exercise test the Regiment’s readiness for possible future deployments with the engineers being put through various personal and equipment assessments it also provided an opportunity for them to foster closer ties with Panzerbataillon 203, based in nearby Augustdorf.

With two Leopard 2 tanks from the Panzerbataillon joining the Engineers on the training area the Sappers demonstrated their impressive bridging capability by quickly deploying their tank launched bridges (also known as Close Support or Assault Bridges) numbers 10 and 12 which the Leopard tank crews crossed without hesitation.

For many watching the crossing this was first time they could recollect the two Units working together and represented a further example of the strengthening of the links between the two NATO allies following last year’s announcement by the Defence Secretaries, Michael Fallon and Ursula Von der Leyen, of a closer Defence relationship between Germany and the UK.

A German Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank

GOC Commendations

As part of his recent visit to Germany Major General Tyrone Urch, General Officer Com-manding Force Troops Command, travelled to Sennelager Training Area to see 35 Engineer Regiment who has just completed their latest readiness training under the auspices of Exercise HECTOR’S RESPONSE.

After receiving a short brief on the exercise and its outcomes Major General Urch inspect-ed the Regiment’s equipment stands taking time to converse with many of the younger soldiers as he did so. With the capability inspection complete the Engineers formed up to see the GOC present commendations to 3 soldiers from the Regiment (Sergeant Broomhill, Staff Sergeant Williams, Captain Graham) for outstanding service to the Army and the Regiment.

Major General Urch concluded his visit by addressing the Regiment commending them on their readiness for any future potential deployments adding: “Everything I have seen here shows me everything and everybody is in a good place, 35 Engineer Regiment has a really good feel of cohesiveness. Well done to you all for getting to where you are – stay focused, stay and stay mentally and physically ready. Good job, well done.”

2017 lead for NATO force

20th Armoured Infantry Brigade is leading NATO's multinational spearhead land force known as the VJTF(L) in 2017. It is deployable anywhere in the world within 5 days.

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