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Southampton and Portsmouth-based army soldiers tackle urban training exercise

Picture credits: Ministry of Defence

Soldiers from 4th Battalion, The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment (4PWRR) 'The Tigers' have been tackling urban training facilities in Netley.

They were developing their fighting skills, with help from Hampshire Constabulary.

On the 27th November, 2019, around 25 soldiers were taken out of their usual training environments and had their skills put to the test in urban territories.

The exercise was aimed at developing the training levels of all soldiers and commanders, through new challenges.

Many of the soldiers has not experienced contending with furnished rooms and unfamiliar layouts.

Company Second-in-Command Captain Connor Bowdidge noted:

"Having use of this facility within our local area enables excellent and unique weekly training for our soldiers, very different from their civilian jobs.

"It builds upon previous training this year and continues our readiness for operations in urban and built up areas.

"Whether it be fighting through and clearing a warship, a tunnel complex and fort, or here in a modern housing complex, we are challenging our soldiers this year to show that no matter the environment they can adapt and use tactics and teamwork to overcome the enemy."

The training also enabled the Reserve soldiers to up-skill in technology and equipment they would not normally use, such as Helmet Mounted Night Vision and Laser Sight Systems.

(The training exercise was aimed at improving soldier's abilities in urban warfare. Picture credits: Ministry of Defence)

The battalion's next major event, the "Exercise Wessex Storm" takes place in February 2020.

They will take on counterparts from regular units in a force-on-force exercise, taking place in urban environments.

Captain Bowdidge added:

"We have many individuals on operations at the moment and indeed some of these soldiers will deploy together next year, so this is great preparation for them."


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