Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Hone Marksmanship Skills Before Exercise Wessex Storm

They will take part in Wessex Storm on Salisbury Plain before flying to Poland for Operations Cabrit...

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards have been honing their military skills ahead of Exercise Wessex Storm on Salisbury Plain.  

To prepare, the SCOTS DG have been practising day and night section attacks in Warcop, Cumbria.

The aim is to improve their dismounted marksmanship skills and practise tactical movement in combat situations.

Troops wade through water as part of preparations for Exercise Wessex Storm.

“I’m pretty sure it’s what the boys kind of joined to do,” Trooper Ethan Gilles of C Squadron, SCOTS DG told Forces News.

“Get nice and dirty and that. But I think the boys are liking it!”

The aim of the drill is also to develop new troop leaders and officers give each section feedback after an attack.

The hope is lessons will be learnt and the skills better when troops are deployed.

A Royal Scots Dragoon Guard aims his gun.

“It’s a great chance just to step back as yourself as a troop leader - or a troop sergeant - can just step back, look at the young guys, look at the skills and drills, just help sharpen them up,” Lieutenant Tom Walpole said.

“They’ve all got it. They’ve all got it from basic training but you’ve got a chance to just step back, feedback and let them improve. Which they’re doing all day today.”

As well as taking part in a dismounted exercise in Cumbria, the regiment have also taken part in mounted drills in Dorset.

After Wessex Storm, the regiment will fly out to Poland for Operation Cabrit where it will serve alongside troops from the US, Romania and Croatia.

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards line up to hear feedback from officers.

It’s an international element that C Squadron’s Officer Commanding, Major Alex Jackson, welcomes:

“The multinational effort is fundamental, it’s vital. We’ll be looking at formulating and developing the close ties with the Polish Armed Forces as well as those within the battle group itself.

“We’ll be looking at getting the mutual understanding, getting the inter-operability together in order to really hone our skills collectively so we can operate and fight alongside each other.”

Officers hope the hard work in Cumbria will ensure the soldiers are at the top of their game before heading to Salisbury Plain for Wessex Storm and then Poland for Operations Cabrit.