Navy and Army building bridges overseas
ROYAL Navy reservists have spent a weekend undertaking a series of Army-led training activities in Jersey.
Twenty members of HMS Vivid, Plymouth's Reserve Training Centre, were training with the Jersey Field Squadron (JFS) at Lequesne barracks.
The weekend was organised to conduct inter-unit and inter-service training to provide a broadening experience for both units aimed at showing personnel of each service how the other service works.
Reserves were challenged with physical tasks and general military training which provided an opportunity for the JFS junior ranks to practice their instructional and briefing skills.
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Part of the challenge for the Navy reservists was simply getting to grips with equipment and scenarios they would not encounter during normal naval training.
Some of the tasks included constructing a medium girder bridge and a demonstration of the techniques used by the Army to counter the threat of roadside bombs.
A series of demonstrations showed some of the situations the Royal Engineers may be called upon to deal with.
These included a vehicle stuck fast in a ravine; a multi-casualty scenario resulting from a landmine explosion and building a floating platform to move a sensitive piece of equipment.
Lieutenant Commander Simon Turner, from Devonport-based HMS Vivid, said: "The mixing of personnel from different areas of the UK's Reserve Forces has a very positive impact and brings many benefits, not least in the promotion of mutual understanding and cooperation."
It is planned to stage a return match next year when HMS Vivid invite the JFS to Plymouth to experience some of the training evolutions which naval personnel undergo.