Ter­ri­to­ri­als ex­cel in test of the best

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Mike Ben­nett

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

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