Soldiers from 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards participated in their final Mission Rehearsal Exercise at Stanford Training Area, simulating a number of humanitarian and military situations.
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According to the MOD, the Task Group also includes A Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment and specialist support from Explosive Ordnance Disposal operators, mechanics from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Un-crewed Aerial Vehicle pilots and medical support from the Ground Manoeuvre Surgical Group.
British forces make up a small portion of the multinational UN peacekeeping operation
MINUSMA (Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali).
Commanding Officer of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Lloyd, said:
“The UN has been operating in Mali for 8 years and there are currently troops from over 50 countries working in-country. The UK has been there a year and our contribution of around 300 soldiers is a small part of what is a 13,000 strong multi-national force.”
The forces have been utilizing Jackal (MWMIK) armoured vehicles to perform long-range
patrols, gain intelligence that can assist the UN mission, and “engage with the civilian
The Welsh Cavalry has elements of C squadron operating in conjunction with 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment already operating in Mali. Last week, British peacekeepers engaged multiple armed militants while on patrol, killing two
armed terrorist fighters.
Over the summer, British forces helped investigate suspected war crimes during Operation
MAKARA 2, remaining in the field for three weeks, becoming the only member force to stay out longer than a week.
“During this time, the troops were involved in carefully collecting eye-witness accounts from the local population and physical evidence left by the attackers, as well as providing security.”
Lieutenant Colonel Lloyd:
“It is a huge privilege to lead such able and motivated people in an environment which is challenging for so many different reasons, including the heat and the terrain we need to operate over. Each soldier is proud to be involved in this peacekeeping mission and represent the British Army in Mali and the United Nations.”