British Army Reservists from 4th Infantry Brigade before deploying to Oman
In total, the combined force of 76 reserve solders will head to Oman before returning to the UK before Christmas (Picture: MOD).
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British Army Reserves deploy to Oman for initial training

British Army Reservists from 4th Infantry Brigade before deploying to Oman
In total, the combined force of 76 reserve solders will head to Oman before returning to the UK before Christmas (Picture: MOD).

Army reserve personnel have completed pre-deployment training and headed to Oman to take part in Exercise Desert Khanjar.

Personnel from 4th Infantry Brigade, aka 'The Black Rats', completed the training as part of a 'distributed mobilisation' trial. 

This saw personnel complete the initial training required for a company to deploy into an operational theatre.

Consisting of basic skills and fitness tests, the training also included live fire tactical training.

Now in Oman, Kohima Company will put their skills to the test under the command of Major Mick Owen from the 4th Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

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While deployed, they will form an opposing force for 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, which is leading the battlegroup during Exercise Desert Khanjar.

The exercise is part of the 'persistent engagement activities' set out in the Integrated Review in 2021.

In total, the combined force of 76 reserve soldiers is drawn from the 4th Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, the Queen's Own Yeomanry, and 6th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The troops will remain in Oman, working alongside their regular Army counterparts and members of the Royal Army of Oman.

The deployment is also one of the first formed deployments from the newly reformed 19 Brigade, based in York.