Soldiers from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards and Reserve elements from 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh and 104 Regiment Royal Artillery joined forces this week on Salisbury Plain Training Area for Exercise Wessex Storm.
For the next 10 days, the Welsh Guards Battlegroup will hone its operational effectiveness. The exercise is a truly unique event as it represents the first time in living memory that the Battlegroup comprises three Welsh Regiments. The aim of the exercise is to prepare the units for any future operations on a collective basis.
Captain James Marsden, Welsh Guards Adjutant, said: "The key for us on Wessex Storm is ensuring the plan goes seamlessly and our rifle companies execute the plan out on the ground.
"Our final battle exercise is 10 days long and involves pushing out to complete four missions, pushing forward to make contact with the enemy as well as stabilisation in an urban environment. There’s a very dynamic enemy planning against us and that will be helpful in testing our capability."
WO2 Dan Cope, of Llanedyn, Cardiff, described the exercise as a good test of adaptability and versatility. He added: "This training is about being ready to deploy anywhere in the world - we have to be prepared in defence and attack and be capable in the urban environment.
Major General Richard Stanford, General Officer Commanding Regional Command and former Commanding Officer 1WG, said: "This is a unique occasion where we have a battle group centred around the Welsh Guards that is supported by the QDG, the Royal Welsh and a number of other units, coming together in what is a very large exercise to prepare the battlegroup to be on standby for NATO operations."
The Welsh Guards has recently deployed on training exercises abroad to Belize and Kenya and a battlegroup deployed to Slovenia as part of a NATO exercise.