FOB Exercise,Caerwent

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  1. Bravo_Bravo

    Bravo_Bravo On ROPs

    Another good, demanding session this time practising FOB and patrolling drills.

    We deployed blokes with Vallon, Bowman and LMGs which would have been unthinkable for a TA unit even two years ago. (as well as the usual A2 and GPMG ( x6)). We also used, for the first time, Helmet Mounted Night Vision kit which looked to be pretty useful. The OPFOR / Local Nationals had a selection of AKs and wore dishdashes.

    INto routine at 0830 saturday; patrols, sanger bashing etc. Naturally the patrols came under IDF and SA fire and the FOB was IDF'd. More than once. The RAP was tested as was the CP; 9 liners and notional MERT requiring HLS clearance. The medics put on some superb CASSIM complete with squirting blood to simulate arterial bleeding.

    We had walk-ins and one patrol went out with a rather more ginger than usual ANA soldier.

    Sunday at early-ish o'clock saw a totally unexpected FOB attack, complicated by having two of the three platoons out - fisrt Plt was fixed, QRF deployed who also became fixed. IDF on the FOB followed by Taliban killing all of the CP, 13 FF KIA and 4 Talib dead.

    Fair bit of chaos despite a very helpful WO2 playing OPFOR being heard point out, during the scrap, that some,litter needed picking up and the presence of a rather notable trip hazard.

    IMO a very good exercise that shows what can be done when the PSIs are good'ns.
     
  2. It would seem then, that some units trg is way ahead of others!
     
  3. All v admirable, but:

    That's just boll*cks. My oh my ! 6 GPMGs ! A2s ! Might have been unthinkable for you...but the rest of the TA has been doing that for a while. I know of at least one unit that in 2009 did a 2 week ex simulating working from a FOB, Bowman, C-IED drills, ECAS..... FFS...what are the rest of you doing ?
     
  4. So it would appear, coy weekend or slighty larger BB?
     
  5. If that's a coy weekend, Christ, consider my transfer request in!
     
  6. Now tell them what happened to the Bowman at the end :D
     
  7. Bravo_Bravo

    Bravo_Bravo On ROPs

    I thought my emphasis was rather obviously on the use of Vallon, Bowman and LMGs, which are not routinely used on Ex by TA units. If yours does; good for you.

    The Ex was open to the Bn but I think the main body was for the guys looking to go on H15.
     
  8. It worked?
     
  9. the less said about bowman the better
     
  10. Bravo_Bravo

    Bravo_Bravo On ROPs

    "What, me worry?"
     
  11. not at all, quietly confident kit is on a shelf in a certain location. I'll speak later
     
  12. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    If 4 Para are still leading the MST for H15 expect a lot more of it, particularly during your 2 weeks at Thetford/Brecon. Casevac is for winners!
     
  13. Bravo_Bravo

    Bravo_Bravo On ROPs

    Oh, joy...
     
  14. Bowman, what happned to Clansman....?

    Magic
     
  15. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    It's in a museum in Blandford on the shelf next Larkspur I think.