Army's Infrastructure Specialists Put High-Readiness Skills To The Test

Honing the skills of high-readiness units is vital to the overall success of the Armed Forces.

Members of 521 STRE of 66 Works Group drilling for water supply during Exercise Bala Paratus.

Infrastructure experts from the Royal Engineers are putting their skills to the test in Exercise Bala Paratus at RM Condor.

66 Work Team are training in Scotland, displaying their ability to provide essential support to any deployment, from combat missions to peace-keeping.

The group is spread out in bases across the country, working in small teams during the huge exercise.

Members of 521 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (STRE) are drilling to provide a steady water supply to a forward operating base, part of a wide effort to provide support to the theatre enabling group.

Honing the skills of high-readiness units is vital to the overall success of the Armed Forces.

Testing the ability to co-ordinate specialist team across a large area, the Exercise Bala Paratus emphasised the highlighted the importance of solid foundations for any deployment.

Major Shaik Imian Ahmed, Commanding Officer 530 STRE, says: "It's not often recognised the importance of infrastructure in terms of deployment.

"We tend to focus on the combat side of operations, underpinning all of those is infrastructure.

"Specialists like this supplying this infrastructure to make sure that we can complete our missions."

Sapper Glen Foley of 521 STRE says that operating as a Works Group enhances the collective effort:

"It gives us an opportunity to all work together and gain a greater understanding of how other STREs work and how we can help one another."

Corporal Morales Hayde of 521 STRE explains that it is necessary to be prepared at any given moment:

"We'll deploy within a week or two weeks notice, sometimes 24 hours notice, to go all over the world."

"We need to keep all of these skills and drills in check so that we need to know what to do when we go away."