Part of the D I E requirements is to practice Convoy Ops; we have the blokes, the RLC have the convoys so we got together. Some 130 Riflemen, 17 or so DROPs vehicles and a very useful weekend of training. Various stands in the morning, including a very good lesson on Convoy drills from the RLC 2i/c. Gave a lot of insight to the PBI. Also had anti-ambush drills, recovery etc. Exercise started at around 1430 with the Infantry clearing the route and paying particular attention to VPs. The CLP moved in a huge circle around SPTA, including some presence on public roads. They DROPped off kit ( and picked it up next day. ) Escorts where in WMIK and MASTIFF ( disguised for deception purposes as stripped-down landrovers and Bedford 4-tonners. ) The top cover guys gibbered as the weather closed in. Naturally the CLP was hit by both IED and SA fire. Drills where practised and it was pleasing to watch junior commanders on their own initiative taking their guys through various drills in the little down time that was available. The first phase ended about 0230, with the three Subbies receiving their Orders as soon as they returned to the FOB ( aka Coombe Farm. ) They in turn issued their orders about three hours later that morning and it started again. Useful training with an interesting insight into the job of the RLC and also some useful Lessons Learned.