Coalition and Afghan forces during an operation in Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Sep. 09, 2013. US Army photo by Spc. Justin English
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of National Defense Peter MacKay pose for a picture with JTF-2 after they perform a flawless VBSS demonstration.
The Light Dragoons train in Ukraine on multi-national exercise
The eyes of military personnel from across Europe were on the soldiers of B Squadron, The Light Dragoons this month, when they joined military personnel from around the world on a NATO led exercise: Exercise RAPID TRIDENT.
The multi-national exercise led by the Ukrainian and United States Armies brought together more than 1300 personnel from the 12 nations including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Poland and Romania.
Almost 1000 pieces of weaponry, hundreds of combat vehicles and several military aircraft were involved in the exercise, which developed multi-national co-operation as well as enhancing the soldiers’ individual skills by learning from their overseas counterparts.
The Light Dragoons are a mounted Light Cavalry Regiment equipped with Jackal armoured vehicles based at Robertson Barracks, Swanton Morley in Norfolk. The exercise gave the soldiers the opportunity to operate on foot and further develop their dismounted patrol skills.
Troop Sam Martin (20) from West Hull joined the Regiment in April. “This was my first overseas exercise. We did a lot of training on STANTA training area [Norfolk] before we deployed. Being so new to the Regiment I was really chuffed to be selected and very proud to show the other nations what we were capable of. Not only were we representing the Light Dragoons but the British Army as a whole. The spotlight was on us, so we were carrying a lot of responsibility.”
The Light Dragoons Commanding Officer, Lt Col James Senior, said: “Ex RAPID TRIDENT has been a superb opportunity for The Light Dragoons to operate alongside our international allies. In operating together we have learnt from each other and it has helped to enhance our understanding of how some of our partner nations operate.”