Anglo-German exercise sees soldiers awarded
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.