Cyprus

Shot At The Title: Marksmanship Tested In Cyprus Competition

A range of skills were tested, from short-range pistol shooting to a longer challenge with rifles.

Teams from across Cyprus have been competing in this year's Operational Shooting Competition at RAF Akrotiri.

The annual event tests teams on a whole range of scenarios, with the winners going forward to a national defence shooting event in the UK next month.

Traditionally the contest is most fierce between the two infantry battalions on the island - currently 2 Mercian and 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglians.

But also competing are a number of other units, from military police to soldiers deployed on UN Peacekeeping duties in Nicosia.

Corporal Roshan Gurung won the title in the attack and re-organisation test.

The event went on all day beneath the blazing Cyprus sun.

In the end, it was an all-Mercian final, with Team C1 taking top honours.

There to present the prizes was the Chief of Staff of British Forces Cyprus, Air Commodore Polly Perkins.

Picking up a number of awards, including best overall shot, was Sergeant Andrew Barr representing the Joint Service Signal Unit.

Other winners included Corporal Roshan Gurung in the attack and re-organisation test, with winners of the pistol shoot and best overall team going to the Cyprus National Guard.