News story: Ambush tests military police close protection skills

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Ministry of Defence said:
A simulated ambush was staged on Maldon Road this morning, 17 May, to test the 156 Provost Company Royal Military Police (RMP) close protection team.
A blast from a roadside bomb and heavy machine gun fire stopped a vehicle carrying an unsuspecting Brigadier Giles Hill, Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade.
Under smoke grenades and rifle fire from his military police escort, the Brigadier – known as ‘the principal’ in close protection terminology – was quickly taken out of the vehicle and into cover, and then to safety.

Members of the 156 Provost Company Royal Military Police close protection team respond to the simulated threat [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]Sergeant Rob Cotterill, who has done 4 close protection tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was the team’s second-in-command. He said:
The primary aim of close protection is to facilitate the safety of the principal, whether that person is an ambassador or a senior military officer.
In situations similar to this training we have to think and act together quickly to do what is needed – return fire, get the principal out of the vehicle and move him off to safety.
The training was intended to test the Colchester-based unit in their role providing policing support to 16 Air Assault Brigade, which maintains a force ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice for operations ranging from disaster relief to war-fighting.

Members of the 156 Provost Company Royal Military Police close protection team get the principal to safety following a staged ambush in Colchester [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]Major Dougie Hutchinson, Officer Commanding 156 Provost Company RMP, said:
It’s important that training is as realistic as possible for soldiers to gain the most benefit. This exercise was about both demonstrating our close protection capability to the Brigade Commander and keeping the skills of our soldiers sharp.
The RMP protect senior personnel from the military and other government departments worldwide, with threats most likely to happen when the principal is moving around in vehicles or entering and exiting buildings.



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The Brig looks ****ing threaders.
 
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A blast from a roadside bomb and heavy machine gun fire stopped a vehicle carrying an unsuspecting Brigadier Giles Hill, Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade.
Under smoke grenades and rifle fire from his military police escort, the Brigadier – known as ‘the principal’ in close protection terminology – was quickly taken out of the vehicle and into cover, and then to safety.
If he was genuinely "unsuspecting", he must have wondered what the photographer was doing swanning around taking phots. He must have also wondered why his team had BFAs.
 
#5
If he was genuinely "unsuspecting", he must have wondered what the photographer was doing swanning around taking phots. He must have also wondered why his team had BFAs.
Like you say, can't be the most situationally aware Brigadier about. However, a load of bollocks. I know Rob Cotterill and I know he doesn't speak like that. Just more dripping jism from the MoD RSS.


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#6
It's nice to see that the bluebells are out. They've been a bit later this year. It's also nice to note that they are the native species, not the Spanish variety, or a hybrid.
 
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It's nice to see that the bluebells are out. They've been a bit later this year. It's also nice to note that they are the native species, not the Spanish variety, or a hybrid.
You need to get down to Cornwall, buddy. The woods at Treslothan are positively rammed with them this year.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
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#9
OMG. Have these people no concept of embarrassment?

If the RAF Regiment members of this site have anything remotely approximating a moral component, they will seize this opportunity to take a terrible revenge.
 
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I'm sure he was OC PCoy in 1998. He went up onto the shuffle bars whilst smerking a tab to see what the wind was like, had a wander about then came back down saying it was too windy.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
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#20
Nice clear shot on the Brigadier there. They're really making it awkward for the shooter.
I suspect that they're counting on any shooter being taken aback by the fact that his target looks about twelve.

The whole horrible menage looks like three airsofters kidnapping a footballer.
 

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