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FOB Exercise,Caerwent

#1
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.
 
#3
All v admirable, but:

We deployed blokes with Vallon, Bowman and LMGs as well as A2 and The General ( x6) which would have been unthinkable for a TA unit even two years ago.
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 ?
 
#6
Another good, demanding session this time practising FOB and patrolling drills.

We deployed blokes with Vallon, Bowman and LMGs as well as A2 and The General ( x6) which would have been unthinkable for a TA unit even two years ago. 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.
Now tell them what happened to the Bowman at the end :D
 
#7
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 ?
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.
 

The_Duke

LE
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#12
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!
 
#19
Yeah, it's gross over-kill for grunt level, but the Scaleys seem to love it. The fill dropping was our major issue with it.
<RSWO Mode=On>The system was designed for infantry not them plastic soldiers. Do Scaleys know anything about Secure Order cards - no, do they actually really know BATCO ... It takes them 12 periods just to understand the BATCO sheet for gawds sake. The over kill should actually make live simpler but ... erm did I mean to say RSWO or RANT
 

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