Army

Exercise Mudmaster: Soldiers Test Off-Road Driving Skills In Scotland

More than 40 crews from across the UK took part in the exercise.

Soldiers from the British Army’s 101 Logistic Brigade have been testing their off-road driving skills in Scotland.

As part of Exercise Mudmaster, troops competed in teams over a series of test courses across two days.

The aim was to assess the ability of the brigade’s drivers to drive the Army’s support vehicles in all types of conditions.

Sergeant Sharon Black, 154 (Scottish) Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, told Forces News: "Logistics in the Army is obviously the biggest corps in the Army, so it’s essential we get everything from ammunition and food from point A to B.

"It’s really, really important that the soldiers get this driving experience, driving in different conditions, moving and transporting goods to where they need to be."

The soldiers were judged on navigation, observation, discipline and safety, on courses testing the skills they would need for deployment.

An Army vehicle navigates its way through boggy terrain during the two-day event.

More than 40 crews from across the UK gathered for this year’s event, with both regular and reserve personnel looking to impress with their skills behind the wheel.

"This is helping us to master our skills in different areas and different places because we don’t know where we’ll be going and where it’ll take us in the future, so who knows," said Private Afiba Alexander from 27 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps.

Driving the six-tonne vehicles off-road comes with its own challenges, with the soldiers having to make sure they got everything right to avoid getting stuck in the mud.

Sergeant Amanda Scott, 154 (Scottish) Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, said: "First of all, you’re going to need to be aware of the size of your vehicle, then you’re going to need to be aware of the terrain that you’re about to go in.

"Although maybe a puddle might look like it’s a wee shallow puddle, actually it might not be - you don’t know what’s going to be lying underneath there.

"Also, some of the roads within there, I’ve just found have been a bit boggier than what I expected."