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Def Sec meets soldiers on Salisbury Plain

15 November 2017

New Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson met with soldiers on Salisbury Plain and viewed an infantry and tank training exercise.

Arriving by Wildcat helicopter with an Apache attack helicopter escort, the Defence Secretary met an infantry section from 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment before being updated by Major General Nick Borton, the General Commanding 3 (UK) Division, on the Division’s capabilities and deployments.

The Defence Secretary then joined a crew from the King’s Royal Hussars, and commanded a Challenger 2 main battle tank on tactical manoeuvres, before dismounting to view a demonstration of an infantry-tank assault on a training village.

The assault was conducted by Challenger 2 tanks from the King’s Royal Hussars and Warrior armoured fighting vehicles from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh.

The attack was supported by the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and battlefield and attack helicopters from the Army Air Corps.

Engineers cleared the streets, before tanks isolated the enemy strong-points and houses were stormed by the infantry.

As the assault pressed home the Defence Secretary took position in a ‘target house’ and experienced an assault first hand, before seeing an Army war-dog take-down an escaping prisoner right in front of him. 

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