The British Army 1st Battalion the Royal Welsh (1 Royal Welsh) have swapped their Headquarters on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire for the vast Sennelager Training Ranges in Germany, where they have been taking part in exercise Gothic Dragon. The exercise forms part of their training pathway to Estonia next year as part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP). The British Army operational deployment to the Baltic states and Poland is also known as Operation CABRIT (Op CABRIT). This will be their second tour of Estonia having deployed there in 2017.
“The Fusiliers are new to this element of training. The Combined Arms Training is designed to get the Battlegroup ready for two important initiatives we are involved with in 2022. It is the first overseas exercise many have been away on, including some of the seniors, as COVID affected a lot of our training over the last year.” says Captain Lucas Colley, 1 Royal Welsh’s Regimental Signals Officer.
“This is our preparation to get to the start line of our main training event, which is Exercise Tallinn Dawn, the validation exercise which we will undertake next year which will show that we are good to go to Estonia as part of Op CABRIT, and ready to integrate with the Estonia Brigade as part of their defence plan,” says Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Streatfeild, Commanding Officer 1 Royal Welsh.
One of the British Army’s most experienced armoured infantry units, the Welsh Warriors were put to the test through a series of mounted and dismounted live firing exercises both day and night across the vast rural training area. In addition, troops took part in elements of Combat Ready Training whilst also receiving synthetic training time in the Combined Arms Tactical Trainer. 1 Royal Welsh, who recently celebrated its 300th anniversary, is one of the British Army’s oldest and most decorated regiments. It has the freedom of 28 towns and local authorities, including 25 in Wales and have previously deployed on operations in Somalia, the Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Iraq.