The British Army say that over 300 regular and reserve soldiers from 102 Logistic Brigade have been testing their medical, logistical and soldiering skills in the two-week major exercise: Exercise Halberd Dawn.
The Exercise, which took over a year to plan say the British Army in a news release, tested the logistic skills of 158 Regiment RLC, 150 Regiment RLC, 159 Regiment RLC and the medical capabilities of 254 (East of England) Medical Regiment. Elements of 6 and 7 Regiment RLC were deployed in support of the exercising troops.
“A key training task saw medics from 254 (East of England) Medical Regiment established a role one medical reception station (MRS) at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, receiving their first casualties within an hour of the tented treatment facility being established.Within three hours, the unit which consisted of one six-bed ward, a treatment bay and isolation ward, was running at full capability. It also featured a dental surgery, physiotherapy area and mental health unit.
Across the week-long final exercise, the medics, many of whom work in the NHS in civilian life, received a steady stream of simulated casualties, including injured soldiers evacuated from the battlefield via Chinook helicopter.”
In addition, the British Army say that around 180 vehicles including MANN support vehicles from 158 Regiment RLC were on the exercise which tested the RLC soldiers’ supply procedures needed on operations.