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Exercise NORTHERN BLUEBELL is an annual multi-Brigade exercise for Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) from across the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It provides REME Special to Arms training in a Contemporary Operational Environment (COE), in order to develop soldiers and so they can be declared Fit for Mobilisation (FFM).

Exercise Detail

Army Reserve Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) soldiers of all trades are tested on practical tasks, most representative of the work and activities REME tradesmen undertake during an operational deployment.

Exercise is pure Special to Arm Training (STA Trg) and is Trade Proficiency Development Book (TPDB) and Record of Achievement Chart (REC's) led.  Consequently, the stands provide an opportunity for soldiers to complete their Training Proficiency Tests as well exposing them to equipment that they will have to repair and maintain whilst on the frontline.

Focused trade training provides the experienced members of the Corps hands on time with the MAN Series Truck and Protected Patrol Vehicles (PPV) such as HUSKY, MASTIFF, RIDGEBACK,WOLFHOUND and JACKAL.

The exercise also caters for Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) who go through various serials to challenge their leadership and planning capabilities.

Future exercises are likely to be delivered by UK Support Command allowing Regular and Reserve soldiers the opportunity to take part in trade training that may not be available at their unit and gain experience of different equipment.