ARBROATH army reservists took part in an Anglo-French training exercise earlier this month.
Exercise Steel Sabre was held over two weeks in Otterburn, Northumberland, and saw 1,600 Territorial Army, regular Army and French regulars take part in a live firing exercise.
Among the Territorial Army contingent was Arbroath man Gunner Jamie Kettles (19) from 212 Battery, 105 Regiment Royal Artillery (V).
Jamie relished the opportunity to work with members of the other 18 Regular and Reserve regiments, as well as colleagues from the French Army’s 35th Parachute Artillery Regiment.
He said: “The Regulars have all been really good to work alongside and it’s just what I joined up for. I work as number two of a six-man team on the 105mm Light Gun.
“My job is to ram the shells and operate the breech. Everybody’s role is absolutely key to the functioning of the gun.”
The exercise aimed to prepare units for future operations, such as being part of contingency forces like the Airborne Task Force.
The exercise also serves as another reminder of the Territorial Army’s continuing and expanding role in Britain’s security, and the current ‘TA Live’ recruitment campaign.
It illustrates the range of opportunities available in the TA and aims to increase its strength to 18,000 by 2015. Over the next 10 years the Ministry of Defence will invest an additional £1.8 billion to improve TA soldiers’ training and equipment.
Major General Ranald Munro, Deputy Commander Land Forces (Reserves) said: “The TA is a vital component of the UK Armed Forces, making a major contribution to the defence and security of the nation.”
For more information about the exciting career opportunities available in the Territorial Army, visit www.army.mod.uk/join or call 0845 600 80 80.