The British Army’s 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh took over the lead role for the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Estonia on the 18th March 2022 and has undertaken Battlegroup integration exercise, say the British Army in a press release.
The British Army say here that Exercise Bold Dragon was the first combined training opportunity with the full Battlegroup capability consisting of main battle tanks, armoured fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, mounted and dismounted infantry, a sniper section, artillery firepower and attack helicopters.
“It demonstrated the ability to operate and fight together as one Battlegroup and maintain the operational condition of the soldiers.”
Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Streatfeild, Commanding Officer of the eFP Battlegroup Estonia, was quoted as saying:
“Bold Dragon is designed to give us an opportunity to shake out in new territory, in terrain we are not used too, and to give us the opportunity for each of the elements of the Battlegroup to work together.
It is a big Battlegroup, we are over 1400 strong so there are lot of working parts but there are very well designed training lanes for the sub-units to go through to get used to working with each other. We’ve settled in really well, we are pretty confident with our surroundings and getting into our training now, so it is going well at this stage.”
The UK-led armoured infantry Battlegroup deployed to the Baltic State a month ago and Exercise Bold Dragon will see them officially integrated as part of the 1st Estonian Infantry Brigade.