British troops have been honing their desert war-fighting abilities on a coaching space six instances the scale of Salisbury Plain over the past two weeks (3-14 February). They had been participating in Train Khanjar Oman, the primary essential coaching train of their four-month deployment to Oman. On the similar time, it offered a possibility to good key soldiering abilities, together with soldiering in austere environments, working with associate forces and studying battle-winning ways to guard the British public from future threats. The mixed train noticed troopers function alongside the Royal Military of Oman on the Ras Madrakah joint coaching space, as they constructed in the direction of a mock assault on an enemy city space. The train examined troops’ skill to coach and function in arduous terrain, together with desert plains, advanced wadi techniques and mountains.

Picture exhibits Omani troopers as they assault a simulated village as a part of Train Khanjar Oman. (Picture by UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023)


Battlegroup Commander Lt Col Ben Hawes 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, is making ready his troops to imagine command of NATO’s Very Excessive Readiness Joint Process Drive (VJTF) in January 2024. He mentioned:” Since March final 12 months, the main focus of our coaching has been to make sure that we’re able to struggle in opposition to a peer enemy pressure. This train is the UK making certain that its spearhead battlegroup is in precisely the proper place to exit the door. My troops have been completely put by way of their paces. The whole lot that our peer enemies might do to us, has been finished to us. I’ve operated with each single one among my radio frequencies jammed, I’ve operated with no GPS, I’ve operated at evening for lengthy intervals of time; we’ve finished coaching serial after coaching serial. That is about our skill to function and maintain an operation in opposition to an enemy that has the identical, or possibly even larger capabilities than we do.”

Images shows British soldiers and a Foxhound armoured Vehicle as they finish the exercise.Photographs exhibits British troopers and a Foxhound armoured Automobile as they end the train. (Picture by UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023)

Greater than half the troopers collaborating within the train had been drawn from 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment. Smaller numbers had been drawn from The Royal Logistics Corps, The Royal Engineers, The Royal Artillery, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment and the Coastal Safety Drive. The 4th Mild Brigade Fight Crew is delivering the primary sequence of workouts for Train Desert Khanjar, which describes the 2 annual, four-month deployments of UK troops to the British Military’s Land Regional Hub in Duqm, Oman. It’s the British Military’s foremost annual coaching and defence engagement occasion to happen throughout the Gulf area, involving as much as 1,000 British and 100 Omani troopers. Throughout deployment, British personnel undertake unit coaching, train with companions and supply a forward-based pressure able to constructing regional safety capabilities and responding to threats the place they come up.