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Royal Military Police Re-Adapt For The 21st Century

150 Provost Company of the Royal Military Police have completed a wet and cold Exercise Redcap Charge at RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria.

150 Provost Company of the Royal Military Police (RMP) and members of 110 and reservists from 243, have just completed Exercise Redcap Charge at RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria.

It’s the first time 1RMP have set foot on the training ground, which was originally used as a test site for Britain's Blue Streak Ballistic missile in the 50s.

It's the only Electronic Warfare Tactics facility in Europe. 

RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria
RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria

During Exercise Redcap Charge the company worked on different scenarios - doing policing roles and dealing with captured persons.

They also focused on how the Royal Military Police will support the new Strike Brigades, which will come into play in 2025, by helping troops move efficiently and effectively around the battlefield.

Captain Joshua Stribling, Brigade Provost Officer, explained: “When we went to Iraq and Afghanistan our main focus was on operational detention as MP.

"We’re now re-adapting ourselves for the 21st century that essentially will put us back into dealing with conventional warfare. Not only are we partially rediscovering but also reinventing the art as well.”

Captain Joshua Stribling   BRIGADE PROVOST OFFICER , Royal Military Police
Captain Joshua Stribling, Brigade Provost Officer

Those who took part in the exercise found it tough, particularly because of the weather conditions. 

Corporal Sean O’Neill, 150 Provost Company, said: “It’s been a good exercise. Started off really cold and it’s been wet ever since. It's taught us how easy things get a lot harder in bad weather.”

Lance Corporal Billy Saunders, 150 Provost Company, added: 

“Trying to sleep in the mud is not ideal but you just crack on with it. Like I said earlier, the lads, they just get you through it.”

 

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