WO1 (RSM) Neil Rudd, the first RSM to have joined the Regiment as a Queen's Royal Hussar after our amalgamation, took over the post of RSM from newly promoted Capt Matt Wild-Campbell on a Regimental parade before Christmas.
C Squadron spent two weeks on the ranges this January practicing their dismounted skills and training on a range of weapon systems including SA80, GPMG and HMG. Shoots included individual battle skills, night firing and section level live fire attacks.
Duke of Edinburgh Squadron and elements of D Squadron have spent two weeks this January on Bergen-Hohne ranges practising their tank gunnery as part of the Regiment's return to its core role.
The gruelling two-week package took tank crews from basic shoots to complex troop-level engagements. It culminates in Annual Crew Tests, in which the whole squadron is put through its paces amid fierce inter-troop competition.
25th October is Balaklava Day, when the Regiment commemorates the sacrifice and gallantry of its predecessors, the Fourth and Eighth Hussars, at the battle of Balaklava during the Crimean War.
Squadrons competed in a sports competition, followed by a regimental party. The Regiment's Guidon, bearing on it 300 years of Battle Honours and a reminder of the Queen's Royal Hussars' glorious past, was blessed by the Padre on parade.
September saw the final part of the Duke of Edinburgh competition, a year long event that has included a number of arduous events and which culminated in a gruelling stretcher race.
This year, A Squadron won the Duke of Edinburgh's trophy and have the honour of wearing his cypher overlaid onto the QRH flash and are known as Duke of Edinburgh Squadron.
The Queen's Royal Hussars deployed to Canada in late June for a Battlegroup exercise that tested all aspects of conventional warfare, coordinating armoured infantry from 5 RIFLES alongside the tanks of A Squadron and a wide range of other units, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (DESERT HAWK 3) and armoured engineers.
The exercise incorporated live firing, from individual tanks to the whole Battlegroup and a complex scenario that saw soldiers from the Queen's Royal Hussars dealing with situations from fast moving armoured warfare to community interaction and counter-insurgency.