Reservists from 158 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps have deployed to Cyprus for intensive training on Exercise Lion Star 6.
The 120 reservists, who include mechanics, school teachers, factory and shop workers, will be out on the open hills above Episkopi in southern Cyprus testing their military skills, fitness, endurance and decision making during the two-week exercise.
The soldiers will start by honing their marksmanship on the shooting ranges, testing their first aid skills and their map-reading before building to section-level attacks through to more complex Squadron level operations, including patrols and ambushes. A final two-day exercise will culminate in a dawn attack.
“The Exercise has been the culmination of 12-months of training,” said Major Andy Wilmot, Training Major. “It is an ideal opportunity for the soldiers to practise their basic soldiering skills. For some of our reservists this will be their first taste of a military training exercise. It will be a steep learning curve and it will test their resilience, determination and fitness.”
Reservists from 158 Regiment RLC take a break during training in Cyprus.
The soldiers will also take part in adventure training including water sports, mountain biking and mountain climbing. “Adventurous training is very important,” added Major Andy Wilmot. “It gives the soldiers confidence and gets them to move out of their comfort zone. It’s not all about the military training, obviously that is our focus, but being a reservist offers you opportunities to try new things that you perhaps wouldn’t ordinarily do.”
158 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps is an Army Reserve Transport Regiment based across the whole of the East of England. Its role is to provide general transport support to its paired regular army regiment, 7 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps. Its Regimental HQ is based in Peterborough with Transport Squadrons based in Bedford, Ipswich, Loughborough and Lincoln.