Fresh off of a rotation of leave and security duties, B (Suffolk) Company, 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment deployed on a CT1 and 2 Level exercise, Exercise Suffolk Soldier 2. This consisted of two weeks of section and platoon-level training. The exercise proved to be an excellent opportunity to brush off the cobwebs and begin to practice, and perfect, low-level skills and drills; Essential to every infantry soldier.
The initial stages of the exercise saw B Company’s Urban Ops Instructors taking the lead on basic urban warfare training. HMP Dhekelia Prison, provided great real estate to refresh on methods of movement in the urban setting. Soldiers practiced using ladders to gain access to multiple storied buildings and the use of formations and clearance drills employed whilst fighting in an urban environment. Training progressed to the use of Simulation rounds for clearing buildings both against targets and live enemy. Also pushing the soldiers to the full by introducing judgemental shoots in some rooms. This training would prove to be useful in the latter stages of the exercise.