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Ex Dragon Gozo Eagle – various British Army units

Unit: 580 Sqn, 157 Regt RLC. SSW, MOD A Block
Location: Gozo, Malta
Date: June 2016
Activities: Diving
On the 4th June 2016 11 divers set off for the small Island of Gozo. The expedition was made up of various ranks from Private to Captain, all of whom were looking forward to progressing their diver training, refresh their skills or just get back in the water. My participation on...

Ex Cockney Phoenix Fall – British Army Reserves

Unit: 71 Y Sig Regt, 14 Sig Regt (EW), 16 Sig Regt
Location: Lake Elsinore, California, USA
Date: October 2016
Activities: Parachuting, Parapenting
It was a crisp October morning as we headed down to Netheravon to meet the rest of the exped participants and collect our parachuting equipment.  This would be the first time we would all meet as the exped comprised of both Regulars and Reservists from 3, 14, 16, 37 &...

Ex Ubique Finn 2016 – 71 Engineer Regiment

Unit: 71 Engr Regt
Location: Spain
Date: May 2016
Activities: Mountaineering, mountain biking, rock climbing
Exercise Ubique Finn (ID 02005) took place in the mountain regions north of Malaga between 14th-21st May 2016. Taking part in the exercise where 17 reserve troops from 71 Engineer Regiment comprising of personal from 102 (Paisley), 124 (Edinburgh) and 591 (Bangor) Squadrons. The pasty white Celtic troops travelled from...

Ex Ice Ready – British Army Reservists

Unit: 5MI, HAC, 7 Rifles
Location: Lakselv, Norway
Date: November 2016
Activities: Skiing
Exercise ICE MAIDEN, the first all-female military transantarctic crossing planned for November 2017, is the vision of expedition leaders Major Nicola Wetherill and Major Natalie Taylor.  The two adventurous Army doctors hope that the expedition will inspire others, particularly women, to seek adventure and to engage in arduous outdoor activity. ...

Ex Cockney Abyss – 106 Regt RA

Unit: 106 Regt RA
Location: Malta
Date: April 2016
Activities: Diving
Following the 2016 Easter period, 106 Regiment Royal Artillery travelled to sunny Malta to commence Exercise Cockney Abyss, a SCUBA diving expedition aimed at developing competency and confidence in the sub aqua discipline. Nine troops enjoyed a challenging and rewarding endeavour in which they were able to develop their diving...

Ex Northern Plunge – 37 Sig Regt, 1 JSSU + 208 Field Hospital

Unit: 37 Sig Regt, 1JSSU, 208 Field Hospital
Location: Cyprus, local areas
Date: November 2016
Activities: Diving
For most of us Exercise Northern Plunge started back in August 2016 when the fourteen intrepid explorers of 37 Signal Regiment were despatched to Army Medical Centres to undergo fitness to dive medicals. Certified fit (and for the most part human) we were all keen for November to come while...

Ex Northern Backcountry Sapper – 39 Engineer Regiment + 71 Engineer Regiment

Unit: 39 Engineer Regiment, 71 Engineer Regiment
Location: Banff National Park, Canada
Date: March 2016
Activities: Skiing
Potential candidates were warned from the start that Ex BACKCOUNTRY SAPPER 16 was to be an Adventurous Training expedition unlike any other.  ‘This will not be a jolly.’ the email read and whilst that may have been enough to put many others off, it only appealed to me further.  Headed...

Ex Northern Blue Juice – The Queen’s Own Yeomanry

Unit: Queen's Own Yeomanry
Location: Spain, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Date: October 2016
Activities: Diving
In October 2016 The Queen’s Own Yeomanry and a selection from other Reservist units, deployed on Exercise Northern Blue Juice to Fuerteventura. The aim of the expedition was to conduct diver training and to qualify all participants in either the BSAC Ocean Diver or Sports Diver. We were...

Tiger Toubkal – Royal Signals

Unit: Royal Signals
Location: Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Date: September 2016
Activities: Mountaineering, rock climbing
The Atlas mountains are, at first look, forbidding and hostile. The weather conditions are changeable and the environment inhospitable to people, animals and vegetation. Over the duration of the two-week expedition the team got to know the people, the terrain and learned much about the Berber culture and...

Ex Northern Gozo – 32 Signal Regiment

Unit: 32 Signal Regiment
Location: Malta
Date: October 2016
Activities: Diving, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Exercise Northern Gozo was an extremely successful level 3 Adventure Training exercise to the beautiful island of Malta, for 14 Officers and soldiers from 32 Signal Regiment. The aim of the exercise was to undertake two one week foundation level courses in Rock Climbing and Sub Aqua Diving, to continue to...

Ex Ice Bambi 2016 – British Army

Unit: HAC, 7 Rifles, 44 MI, 53 MI, 52 MI
Location: Norway
Date: March 2016
Activities: Skiing
Exercise Ice Maiden, the first all-female military trans-Antarctic crossing planned for November 2017, is the brain child of expedition leaders Captain Nicola Wetherill and Major Natalie Taylor. The two adventurous Army doctors hope that the expedition will inspire others, particularly women, to seek adventure and to engage in arduous outdoor...

Ex Shamrock Glacier – 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment

Unit: 2 R Irish
Location: France, Chamonix
Date: August 2016
Activities: Mountaineering, rock climbing, white water rafting, mountain biking
Report written by Lt NJW Richmond C Coy 2 R IRISH The aim of Joint Service Adventurous Training is set out as follows; “to promote, through the conduct of arduous outdoor activities with exposure to hardship and danger, the Army’s core values, leadership, teamwork and other qualities necessary to enhance the...

Ex Red Wyvern – 165 & 17 Port and Maritime Regiments

Unit: 165 & 19 Port and Maritime Regt
Location: Red Sea, Egypt
Date: January 2016
Activities: Diving
Ex Red Wyvern was an overseas Exped to the Red Sea in Egypt, operating on a dive liveaboard vessel that not only acted as a diving platform, but provided us all our accommodation and real life support needs. The Exped was mainly comprised of Reserve and Regular Soldiers from 165...