Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh are currently stationed in Estonia in support of the UK’s commitment to NATO allies in Europe to ward against any potential acts of aggression.
The Royal Welsh are heading up the 800 strong multinational Enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup, which has the support of a number of other British Army units.
Royal Welsh personnel from the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup recently conducted urban training, also know as OBUA (operations in built-up areas) or FIBUA (fighting in built-up areas) alongside their Estonian counterparts.
The training took place in and around a real village called Varstu in the south of Estonia and the exercise saw the troops attack an abandoned block of flats being occupied by an opposing force. This block was next to three blocks inhabited by residents of the village who were able to watch events unfold.
Fusilier David Hagart, 18, from Abergavenny, Royal Welsh, said:
“Being in Estonia is my first deployment whilst serving in the Army. It’s a new experience and my first Christmas away from my home and family. I miss them loads, and I look forward to seeing them in February when I get back.”