- Tankers, infantrymen and mortar soldiers from the
King's Own Royal Border Regiment took part in a live-fire
exercise Aug. 1 at Manjaca Range near Banjaluka. The
exercise was the culmination of a week of training,
ending in a demonstration for various military officials.
The demonstration was one aspect of the training,
but not the main one, said Maj. Neil Urquhart, Arhheim
Company commander in Mrkonjic-Grad.
main part of this is the training," he said.
"The demonstration is secondary. My company has
been up here for seven days, and we've had two three-day
live firing packages with two platoons in each.
"Each package has gone from basic zeroing of
the Warrior (fighting vehicle) up to, on the third
day, doing platoon attacks, both day and night with
tanks, anti-tank weapons and mortars in support,"
Urquhart added. "This is one of our war fighting
skills. It's why we are out here to maintain our war
fighting skills because this is high-intensity warfare,
and if necessary, this is what we need to be able
to do. Then also, we've been doing lots of dismounted
infantry training as well as out on operational tasks."
The demonstration/training took place thanks to a
wide variety of equipment and individual soldier skills.
the Challenger 2 tank, the infantry's main battle
tank, and then there's the Warrior, which is like
the American Bradley Fighting Vehicle for infantry
support," explained Urquhart. "What the
British Battle Group has out here is two Warrior companies,
a tank company and also a wrecking company, all from
different regiments. Within our own tank company,
we also have our own mortars and anti-tank weapons."
Officials from MND-SW, IPTF,
and local police from the area enjoyed the demonstration.
The soldiers also enjoyed demonstrating and sharpening
their skills, said Cpl. Ian Lounder, from the mortar
platoon in the KORB Regt.
"Live fire training is always excellent, especially
when you have the chance to fire in platoons and companies
because it shows them the abilities we have as well,"
he said. "It's always good and the more ammunition
we've got, the better."
Nations of SFOR: UK