Territorials excel in test of the best
TEN Territorial Army soldiers from Ashford are back at their normal jobs after being crowned runners-up in a training exercise.
The members of the 133 Workshop Company Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) excelled in this year’s Exercise Southern Craftsman.
The team took part in the testing exercise which assesses the technical and military skills of reservist REME soldiers from across the South East.
The Ashford team was also presented with the Hammond Trophy for winning the recovery task.
They joined more than 120 part-time soldiers on the exercise which is designed to challenge each unit’s engineering and military skills in a tactical setting.
The part-time soldiers had to complete timed military and mechanical tasks, ending in a navigation exercise against the clock carrying a rifle and a 10kg load, followed by a shoot.
The 133 Workshop Company team was commanded by Warrant Officer Les Collins, who said: “We are chuffed to bits to have come second in this year’s exercise as well as winning the recovery task.
“The guys have all trained really hard over the past few months and to walk away with these two trophies is due credit to all the effort they have put into their training.
“We’ve had a fantastic weekend and look forward to capitalising on our success again next year.”
The exercise saw the Territorials undertake a dozen different tasks, many of which had to be completed under “enemy fire” and were based on scenarios experienced by part-time soldiers who have returned from recent overseas deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
To find out more about the 133 Workshop Company, REME, call 01223 645161.
The 133 Workshop Company Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Rosemary Lint and Jay Hancock carry out repairs
Territorials created this two-wheeled machine as part of Exercise Southern Craftsman
On a vehicle rescue mission
A test drive as the machine is put through its paces