For the second year running 3rd Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (3 PWRR) widely known as ‘The Tigers’ have made foot prints across the vast training area at Camp Grayling, Michigan on Exercise Northern Strike. The exercise is known for being the U.S’s largest annual multinational live fire event.
Approximately 120 Reservists from across the Kent and Sussex area have put their civilian jobs aside for their annual two weeks training exercise which has been greatly welcomed and provides an ideal opportunity to develop skillsets and broaden individual experiences. The exercise is providing readiness training opportunities for all forces involved.
British and American troops have been exercising together, building strong bonds, developing their interoperability skills and training to remain combat ready and adaptable. They have been practising some essential skills, which have included operating in built up areas (OBUA training), a shoot house – a purpose built training establishment for live firing tactical training inside buildings, patrolling, training for their battalion specialist patrol and reconnaissance teams and cultural familiarity and adventurous training.
Lieutenant Colonel Brennan Dwyer, Commanding Officer, 3 PWRR said, “It’s been great to see from the first day of our arrival, the level of engagement between the two forces. Both are very keen to find out the differences and the levels at which they both operate. This is a great opportunity for the Battalion and one we are certainly keen to sustain.”
In addition to building the strong ties, much of the training being provided is preparing some of the individuals with the thorough skills they require to meet operational demands in their forth-coming deployments to Kabul with their paired regular Regiment 1 Royal Anglian, Kenya and Uganda.
3 PWRR are set to host a Company from the Michigan National Guard next year, providing them with a full training package at Sennybridge and a cultural visit to London and the local Canterbury area.
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