A company of troops from the Queens Own Yeomanry deployed to Croatia’s Knin Training Area to take part in Exercise Sava Star, say the British Army.
The three-country alliance, all members of NATO, worked on skills such as patrolling during day and night, setting up harbour areas and battlefield casualty drills, with the training package culminating in a final dawn attack on ‘enemy’ forces, according to a news release.
Commanding Officer (CO) Lt Col Pennett was delighted with the way the Eastern European adventure progressed:
“This provides endless opportunities to challenge troops; to work together with Croatian forces in such a different environment is a real gem. It isn’t just about the exercising troops in the wood line; getting us here, driving through six different countries, medical support – we have to consider the regiment as a whole.
The key characteristic of being a Yeoman is the willingness to fight and Light Cavalry is all about mindset, mobility and communications. Naturally reservists can’t give 100% of their time but when they do, I expect 100%.”
While the deployment to the Balkans represents a significant date in the QOY calendar, it is far from the only exciting activity the unit will be undertaking over what remains of the year.
“I hope to take a team out to South Africa for a patrols competition and work with my own Troop on getting qualified on the Jackal platform,” said 2Lt Palmer Price.