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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 12:50
Royal Wessex Yeomanry Put Tank Skills to the Test

11 août 2014 British Forces News


The Royal Wessex Yeomanry have been training with Challenger 2 tanks as part of an exercise on Salisbury Plain. Hannah Gurney was there with an aerial camera...

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11 juillet 2014 5 11 /07 /juillet /2014 13:50
UK's New Armour Reinforcement Regiment Officially Launched


07.07.14 British Forces News


The UK's new Armour Reinforcement Regiment has been officially launched in Bovington. The Royal Wessex Yeomanry with it's squadrons in Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire will be the only reserve unit in the Army's reaction force.

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1 juillet 2014 2 01 /07 /juillet /2014 07:50
photo Royal Wessex Yeomanry

photo Royal Wessex Yeomanry


28th June 2014 Dorset Echo


SOLDIERS from Dorset will celebrate becoming the UK’s new Armour Reinforcement Regiment with a parade in front of Prince Edward.


As part of the Army’s new 2020 design, Dorset’s Royal Wessex Yeomanry, based in Bovington, right, together with squadrons in Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon and Gloucestershire, will take on the new role.


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28 mars 2014 5 28 /03 /mars /2014 11:50
Reservists of Royal Wessex Yeomanry train with Challenger 2 and Chinook

28 mars 2014 British Army


Reserve soldiers of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry recently trained with Challenger 2 main battle tanks and RAF Chinook helicopters on Salisbury Plain for Exercise Spring Warrior.

For the first time in more than a decade the unit teamed up with the RAF. Their joint mission with air crew from 27 Squadron RAF Odiham was co-ordinate the delivery by air of personnel and their Wolf Scout Land Rovers.

Driver Trooper Marcus Cribb talks about his role as a Reservist working with Challenger 2 and how being a Reservist fits in with his civilian life.

Find out more: http://www.army.mod.uk/news/26133.aspx

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7 décembre 2013 6 07 /12 /décembre /2013 23:50
Reservists Training to be Challenger Tank Crew


18.11.2013 UK MoD


Army Reservists of the The Royal Wessex Yeomanry (RWxY), the South West's Army Reserve Cavalry Regiment taking part in Challenger 2 main battle tank live firing exercise.

As their civilian colleagues drove to work through the morning rush hour on Monday 18th November, 40 Army Reservists from the West Country climbed aboard Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks to experience live firings first hand as they trained to become tank crews.

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Photographer: Sgt Russ Nolan RLC
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Reservists Training to be Challenger Tank Crew
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21 novembre 2013 4 21 /11 /novembre /2013 19:50
Army reservists conduct live firing exercise

A white-hot round is fired from a Challenger 2 tank's gun [Picture: Sergeant Russ Nolan, Crown copyright]


21 November 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Infrastructure Organisation


Reservists of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry have trained alongside former regular soldiers in a live firing exercise on Lulworth Ranges, Dorset.


Normally based at squadrons in Bovington, Salisbury, Cirencester, Barnstaple and Paignton, the reservists spent their weekend being rigorously tested at Five Tips Range – one of the premier firing ranges in western Europe – to make sure they are ready to become reserve crewmen on the Challenger 2 main battle tank, and to carry out important support roles such as medics in the future British Army.

By this time next year, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry will formally become the only armoured reinforcement unit in Britain and will be working towards fully integrating with the British Army’s 3 regular armoured units: the Queen’s Royal Hussars, the King’s Royal Hussars and the Royal Tank Regiment.

As a result, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry will also become one of only a handful of reserve units to be a part of the British Army’s reaction forces; ready to deploy anywhere around the world to protect Britain’s interests and national security.

Army reservists conduct live firing exercise
A Challenger 2 main battle tank races across the Five Tips Range, near Lulworth in Dorset [Picture: Sergeant Russ Nolan, Crown copyright]

This challenging and exciting new role was bestowed upon the Royal Wessex Yeomanry following the publication of the government white paper ‘Reserves in the Future Force 2020’ earlier this summer, detailing the future structure of the British Army and how it will operate. It also outlined the creation of a well-trained, well-funded, well-equipped and fully integrated reserve force.

In all, 4 tanks were involved in the exercise, each one crewed entirely by reservists and commanded by a former regular soldier. Everyone in the crew from the commander to the gunner, loader and driver were continuously tested by regular soldiers from one of the units that the Royal Wessex Yeomanry will be paired with in the future.

The teams worked together in the cramped and intense atmosphere inside the hull of the Challenger 2 tank to fire the weapon’s main armaments, the 120-millimetre (mm) gun and the 7.62mm coaxial machine gun – engaging and destroying multiple targets whilst travelling at more than 25 miles per hour across difficult terrain.

Army reservists conduct live firing exercise
A reservist passes an armour-piercing round through the hatch of a Challenger 2 main battle tank [Picture: Sergeant Russ Nolan, Crown copyright]

Commanding Officer of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry, Lieutenant Colonel Chris MacGregor, said:

The capability of a tank comes through its crew. It’s not the individuals inside it. So, one of the things they’ll be practising is that interaction and integration and, in many ways, what you’ll find inside a Challenger tank is the microcosm of all the changes we’re making to the Army in that we have integrated crewmen.

In some of the tanks there may be a regular, and you’ve got reservists who are normally a civilian in some other occupation, and they are having to come together to work in absolutely harmonised ways to get the effects that you’ve seen today to reach that military capability.

Army reservists conduct live firing exercise
Army reservists take aim with a Challenger 2 main battle tank [Picture: Sergeant Russ Nolan, Crown copyright]

One of the Challenger 2 tank gunners was Lance Corporal Rob Stiff, a senior IT project manager. Lance Corporal Stiff is a former regular soldier with 7 years in the infantry with the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment behind him.

Now Lance Corporal Stiff is a reservist serving with C Squadron, Royal Wessex Yeomanry. On returning to the military as a reserve he said:

I missed the camaraderie, I missed the guys and I missed doing something that fulfilled me completely. The Army always gave me that. I didn’t leave the Army because I’d fallen out of love with it; I wanted to start a new career before I was too old, and this gives me that fix.

I get to be with guys and girls of the completely same mindset. We’re all here for the same reason; good banter, good laugh, work hard, play hard, and we’ve got a really worthwhile role now in the Army going forwards.

Army reservists conduct live firing exercise
The shape of a Challenger 2 main battle tank emerges from the smoke and mist on the Five Tips Range, near Lulworth in Dorset [Picture: Sergeant Russ Nolan, Crown copyright]

Months of hard graft over countless weekends have been put in by the reservists in sophisticated simulators to earn the prerequisite qualifications to enable them to operate to the best of their ability inside the Challenger 2 tank.

The Army Reserve aims to recruit up to its full manning of 30,000 trained soldiers, with up to an additional 8,000 soldiers in training, to provide an integrated and trained Army by 2018.

Army reservists conduct live firing exercise

British Army reservists stand atop a Challenger 2 main battle tank [Picture: Sergeant Russ Nolan, Crown copyright]

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