The Yorkshire Regiment
Exercise Jebel Sahara is an annual training exercise that this year will see Burma Company, 2 YORKS travel to Morocco to work with the Moroccan 2 e Brigade d’Infanterie Parachutiste. Some of the 2 YORKS soldiers will drive from Catterick Garrison, through Spain, to reach Morocco, conducting training with their Spanish counterparts as they do so. Once our team is complete in Morocco, British soldiers will exercise alongside their Moroccan counterparts in a desert setting beneath the Atlas mountains.
The exercise will start with individual basic skills and build progressively to a final test exercise, including live-firing. The final exercise will see British and Moroccan commanders forming a joint headquarters to plan and deliver simulated operations together. Alongside Burma Company’s activities, a Specialist Infantry Training Team from 4 RIFLES, with support from 2 YORKS, will be training a company of Moroccans in infantry skills, including specialist capabilities such as mortaring and sniping.
Whilst Burma Company are in Morocco the remainder of the battalion continue their fast-paced and challenging journey towards Exercise WESSEX STORM, where 2 YORKS and their attachments will be tested on Salisbury Plain early next year. After that, 2 YORKS will be held at very high readiness to deploy anywhere in the world before returning to operations in Afghanistan in late 2019. The Battalion will move to Cyprus for two years in 2020.
Commanding Officer 2 YORKS, Lt Col Ben Westcott, says: “Exercise Jebel Sahara is a fantastic opportunity for our soldiers to experience Moroccan culture, understand how we can learn from foreign Armies, and to appreciate some of the issues of deploying into a new theatre of operations. We have a great team deploying and our soldiers are very excited at the prospect. The Moroccan military have been excellent hosts as we have planned this exercise and our soldiers very much look forward to working alongside them when we deploy”.
The Foxhound is at the cutting edge of protected patrol vehicle technology and provides unprecedented levels of blast protection for its size and weight. These patrol vehicles underwent final testing in the dusty and hot conditions of the Helmand desert before being deployed on operations.
Foxhound has been specifically designed and built in Britain to protect against the threats faced by troops in Afghanistan. However, this is an agile and versatile vehicle that will be a mainstay in the Army for years to come.
Being lighter and smaller than other protected vehicles such as Mastiff and Ridgeback, Foxhound brings a whole new capability to the Army and is ideal for soldiers operating in mentoring and partnering roles.
Foxhound has a top speed of 70mph but can still protect against improvised explosive devices thanks to its v-shaped hull.
Weapons Mounted Installation Kit Landrover used by 2 YORKS. Crew of 3 and armed with a 7.62mm nachine Gun, smoke dischargers and with a max speed of 52kph
General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)
The L7A2 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) is a 7.62 x 51mm belt-fed general purpose machine gun which can be used as a light weapon and in a sustained fire (SF) role.
In the SF role, mounted on a tripod and fitted with the C2 optical sight, it is fired by a two-man team who are grouped in a specialist Machine Gun Platoon to provide battalion-level fire support. In SF mode, the GPMG, with a two-man crew, lays down 750 rounds-per-minute at ranges up to 1800 metres.
The GPMG can be carried by foot soldiers and employed as a light machine gun (LMG), although it has largely been replaced by the lighter 5.56 x 45mm Minimi in this role, in most regiments. A fold-out bipod is used to support the GPMG in the LMG role.
Versions of the GPMG are mounted on most Army vehicles and some helicopters.
Husky is a protected support vehicle, providing a highly mobile and flexible load carrying vehicle.
The Husky has been designed for a range of missions in Afghanistan, including transporting food, water and ammunition, and acting as a command vehicle at headquarters.
Equipped with a machine gun, Husky joins its sister vehicles Wolfhound and Coyote as part of the tactical support vehicle programme. Some vehicles are fitted out as specialised recovery vehicles or fitted with a heavy machine gun or grenade machine gun.