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International Defence World Cup (IDRC) - Japan

The road to Japan for the tri-services Rugby team began in July with a selection day. Players from all three services attended a two-day training camp in Portsmouth. If selected, we would all be meeting in September ready to fly to the International Defence World Cup (IDRC) in Japan. September came and the good news had arrived and both Cpl Evans and Cpl Smith from The Royal Welsh had made the cut! Once we had flown out to Narita, the UK Armed Forces team stayed just a short distance from the Narita airport. Training was underway immediately as the first game against the Georgian defence force was only four days after landing. Cpl Evans and Cpl Smith had both made the team. Game day had arr

European Best Sniper Team Competition (EBSTC)

This summer saw two Sniper pairs from Sniper Platoon 1 R WELSH enter the European Best Sniper Team Competition (EBSTC) for the first time. The competition, hosted and organised by US Army Snipers, is run each year in Grafenwöhr, Germany, with the aim to test Snipers in all the Sniper core skills, from physical fitness to stalking. Despite the competition being named the ‘European’ Sniper competition, there were Snipers from other NATO nations present who are currently deployed in Europe. In all, there were 32 teams from 18 different nations present. The competition consisted of 10 events over a 5-day period. Each Sniper pair had to complete each event with scores being tallied and the result

Ex NORTHERN STRIKE 2019 – A 1st Battalion perspective

Members of the 1st and 3rd Battalion, The Royal Welsh spent two weeks with almost 7,000 troops from seven countries, taking part in Exercise NORTHERN STRIKE in Michigan, United States in July. Dubbed the “Superbowl of military manoeuvres”, the annual exercise is based in Camp Grayling, the largest National Guard training centre in the US – twice the size of Salisbury Plain. Exercise NORTHERN STRIKE is the most complex US National Guard test of its kind in terms of testing basic military sets, aviation manoeuvrability and integration with international troops. It was an opportunity for soldiers from the two Battalions to integrate and prepare for potential operations with the NATO allies on t

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