Wow haven't heard that name in a while!!! I'm a local (or was) and spent time down there as a kid and my pops used to spend time down there shooting clays. Give a nod to the Irish Sea for me while you're there
I thought it was a good range of skills, of interest and of some training value, and some of the 'golden oldies' mil skill stands. A particular favourite of the 'booby trap', 'drops', 'int' and 'casevac'.
First time I'd done it - it was good to see a strong tri-service turnout, as well as an international one, although the drill at the closing ceremony was comical (although, astoundingly, all 50 teams came to unison with the 'shun', which was relatively impressive).
fcuking quality weekend, booby traps good laugh (trick is to climb on the roof and get a bloke over that way to clear the threats). Casevac was a good run. Falling plates was a waste of time this morn. Also good to meet lads and lasses from other countries
two people gripped my sh1t:
-fat bird at matrix test not releasing people for 2 hrs, then having the cheek to winge saying were wasting her time.
-and that gobby scouse sig lance jack bird
I also wasn't particularly impressed with the falling plates ... could've been much better filled - the unzero-ed rifles meant it was more 'luck of the draw' (a lot of people couldn't even see their splash) ... although, maybe this is just sour-grapes!
Nevertheless, a good weekend. Talking to the DS, I heard the Germans were absoute monsters on the casevac - pissing it through, although they had no Respirators to wear ... and apparently the Poles (?) had exceptionally slick drills on vehicle recovery ... and I saw some good efforts and happy faces from the Dutch and Latvians. As much as it galls me to say, but congrats to the rock-apes, not for winning first place but for their slick drills throughout (at least when I saw them), despite their average age.
I'm pretty glad I went because you get some insight (albeit limited) into the trades of other units ... where on other competitions, you're purely doing OP's, patrolling, section attacks, BCD etc, here you use RLC transport equipment and pistols, you brush up on skills like section defence and recognition, and you learnt something new, about booby traps, or mines, or Int, or even just how to build a good sangar ... and, dare I say, because it's tri-service, international, and a skills competition, not an endurance competition (e.g. Cambrian)... there's so little bullshit.
Highly recommend it to juniors .. it builds on competence and teamsmanship, and I hope to go next year.