Over the coming weeks, the Second Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, “The Poachers” will partake in a rigorous military exercise south-west of Alexandria, Egypt.
The purpose of the exercise is to combine and share tactical skills with the Egyptian 112 Infantry Brigade.
Exercise Ahmose 1, the first of its kind and involving over 150 British military personnel, is set to last a month. During this time the soldiers will be put through their paces whilst undergoing several scenarios – involving urban operations, close quarter battle, and an exhaustive live firing package. The exercise will culminate in a complex company live fire attack, involving over 100 infantry soldiers, over harsh terrain, being supported by mortars, machine guns and snipers.
On completion of the exercise, C Company Group will be greeted by a VIP contingent comprising of high ranking officials from around the globe. The UK’s own Commander British Forces Cyprus, Major General James Illingworth OBE will also be in attendance to no doubt congratulate the troops on a job well done.
The company will then travel back to Alexander Barracks in Cyprus where they will join the rest of the Battalion, who are based there.