The 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment and other British troops have been honing their desert war-fighting skills on a training area six times the size of Salisbury Plain. They were taking part in Exercise Khanjar Oman, the first main training exercise of their four-month deployment to Oman.
The combined exercise saw soldiers operate alongside the Royal Army of Oman on the Ras Madrakah joint training area, as they built towards a mock assault on an enemy urban area. The exercise tested troops’ ability to train and operate in arduous terrain, including desert plains, complex wadi systems and mountains.
At the same time, it provided an opportunity to perfect key soldiering skills, including soldiering in austere environments, working with partner forces and learning battle-winning tactics to protect the British public from future threats.