Archive for February, 2014

British troops intercept drugs in Afghanistan

Posted on: February 28th, 2014 by tashdev No Comments

Soldiers of 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment have intercepted more than 200 kilos of hashish in Helmand province. The British troops acted on an Afghan police request and used their Warrior armoured vehicles to race across the desert and reach a tractor and trailer that had been highlighted by the Afghans. On searching under some sacking in the […]

Local employer learns about Army Reserve

Posted on: February 24th, 2014 by tashdev No Comments

Human Resources Director for TATA Steel’s Downstream Operations, Bernard Curran, has visited the Army Reserve Centre in Corby along with local MP Andy Sawford and a host of other dignitaries. Operating in 26 countries and across the UK, TATA Steel employs reservists at its UK sites. Mr Curran visited the centre, home to 118 Recovery Company, to learn more about […]

Paras take masterclass in urban operations

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by tashdev No Comments

From house-to-house fighting to dealing with hostile crowds, paratroopers have practiced the full range of skills they need to operate in built-up areas. Troops from 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment have been on Exercise Urban Eagle as they prepare to become the British Army’s global rapid reaction force. The week-long training on Salisbury Plain was designed to refresh […]

More troops help with flood relief efforts

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by tashdev No Comments

More military personnel have been called on to support multi-agency flood relief operations. As the floods continue to cause disruption across the UK, personnel from the Army Reserve (as well as the Royal Marines and Royal Navy) have been working hard to provide flood relief assistance. Yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron visited Chesil Beach in […]

UK troops seize ammunition and explosives

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by tashdev No Comments

UK troops have intercepted hundreds of rounds of ammunition and improvised explosive devices during an operation in Helmand Province, while British-mentored Afghan police officers seized 400kgs of cannabis. Soldiers from 9th/12th Royal Lancers and from 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment supported an Afghan Uniformed Police clearance operation in Yakchal to the east of the town of Gereshk. Enemy […]

The Winter Olympics 2014 – Sochi

Posted on: February 10th, 2014 by tashdev No Comments

The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, is being held in Sochi, Russia, from Friday 7 February until Sunday 23 February 2014. When the Winter Olympics gets under way four top Army athletes will be going for gold as members of the Team GB squad. They will be representing Great Britain in […]

Live-firing exercise in Wales for QDG

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by tashdev No Comments

Soldiers of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards have been preparing for a potential tour to Afghanistan with a live-firing exercise in west Wales. Over five days, Exercise Pashtun Tempest saw more than 100 soldiers from 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards learning to operate the new Husky and Foxhound vehicles in readiness for the tour, which will […]

Battalion ready for third tour of Afghanistan

Posted on: February 4th, 2014 by tashdev No Comments

Nearly 300 soldiers from the First Battalion Coldstream Guards are making their final preparations for a six month tour in Afghanistan. The unit, known throughout the world for ceremonial excellence on state occasions, is first and foremost a modern infantry unit, and will be providing security in the Afghan capital as Operation HERRICK in Helmand […]

£760m copter investment secures jobs

Posted on: February 3rd, 2014 by tashdev No Comments

More than a thousand UK engineering and manufacturing jobs have been secured by a multi-million pound MoD contract to future proof two fleets of military helicopters. The £760m investment in Merlins and Apaches, announced by the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, will secure highly skilled, technical posts at sites across the UK. A £430m contract will […]