157 (Welsh) Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) has gone back to basics and been thoroughly tested on its two-week Annual Commitment Training camp. This year the Reserve RLC Regiment deployed on Exercise Lion Star 6 in Cyprus.
The Cardiff-based, Logistic Regiment was joined on Exercise Lion Star 6 by members of 33 Squadron, 4 Regiment RLC, a Regular Unit based in Abingdon and other reservists from 156 Regiment RLC and 167 Catering Support Regiment RLC.
The exercise was located within the Western Sovereign Based Area on the south of the island, near Episkopi Garrison and is designed to put their trades to one side and put the soldiers through their paces in the basic soldiering skills of weapons handling, marksmanship, field and battle craft and military fitness.
Following the requisite briefs and orientation, the soldiers launched in to a comprehensive range package over four days, which confirmed their marksmanship skills on not only their personal weapon, the SA80 rifle, but also on pistol and the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG).
Next stop was an opportunity for them to get very well acquainted to the flora and fauna of the Cypriot countryside as they deployed on an infantry-based Field Training Exercise (FTX). Serials included patrols, ambushes and a challenging dawn attack on an abandoned village.
The final phase of the exercise was a chance for the soldiers to solidify the bonds of friendship and test their team work as they were put through their paces on a Military Skills Competition which culminated in some Battle PT (physical training) on the beach and a traditional stretcher race.
There was some play too, with the exercising troops getting in some adventurous training, provided by the Military Training Wing at Tunnel Beach, a sports day and a cultural visit to the both Curium Amphitheatre and Tomb of the Kings near Paphos.
As the Regular and Reservist soldiers return to their respective day jobs, the skills learnt, the memories and more importantly the friendships forged over the past two weeks, will endure.