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Multinational battlefield exercise tests QRH

16 May 2017

The Queen’s Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish) recently deployed to Hohenfels, Southern Germany to participate in a US Army Europe directed exercise.

Exercise SABER JUNCTION 17 involved almost 4,500 soldiers from 13 contributing nations and was designed to assess and evaluate the readiness of the US Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment to conduct combined operations.

The QRH Battlegroup, which also had Polish and Italian companies attached to it, initially conducted a period of multinational interoperability training to ensure coherence between the different participating countries before entering into the decisive phase of the exercise.

Replicating the modern battlefield

Testing all aspects of combat operations and tactical decision-making, the QRH Battlegroup faced an opposition force which subjected them to attacks utilising various armour, air and electronic capabilities in addition to raids and ambushes seizing equipment and personnel.

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Cowley, Commanding Officer QRH said: “It has been a hugely beneficial exercise where all the different nations participating are learning from each other.

“It has probably been the most testing exercise I have done and really replicates the modern battlefield. We are up against a free thinking enemy, which knows the ground and definitely wants to win. It is a good challenge and I am proud of how the battle-group is doing.”

Lance Corporal Damon McTighe (23) from Worcester added: “The exercise has shown what a multinational force could achieve on any future operations and has been incredibly realistic. Manoeuvring the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks around dense wood blocks is not something that we normally do so it has been challenging but all the same a great learning experience.”

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