BATUK and 1 Rifles help renovate Kenyan school after completing Exercise Askari Storm

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1 Rifles at the end of Exercise Askari Storm. Photo: Twitter/BATUKOfficial

Having completed Exercise Askari Storm, 1 Rifles have used some of their spare time by renovating a local Kenyan school and donating clothing to the children who study there.

Described as the ‘ultimate stress test’, the six-week exercise is bring coordinated by BATUK and is designed as the most extreme test of their skills short of an actual conflict situation.

During the exercise, soldiers from 1 Rifles conducted live firing utilising both rural and urban environments to build their combat readiness for operations anywhere on the globe. This included participating in a scenario run by BATUK staff focusing on the defense of a river crossing.

The rocky high features and concealment proved the perfect terrain for Sniper Platoon to dominate the deep savannah valleys as they practiced engaging targets at 800m and over.

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Sniper Platoon practise engaging targets at 800m and over. Photo: Twitter/1_Rifles

An aspect of what makes BATUK’s Exercise Askari Storm such a realistic and complex training environment is the simulated enemy element. This year, soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment utilised realistic weapons and tactics in an unscripted attempt to defeat 1 Rifles’ battlegroup.

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The Duke of Lancaster Regiment prepare for an surprise ambush. Photo: Twitter/BATUKOfficial

The final phase of the exercise is an intensive six day Battlegroup (BG) exercise called Exercise Askari Spartan, and for their After Action Review, the Saab Tactical Electronic Simulation technology helped 1 Rifles identify what went well and what they can improve on, all assisted by BATUK staff.

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1 Rifles’ After Action Review. Photo: Twitter/1_Rifles

1 Rifles is a Regular Infantry Battalion based in Beachley Barracks, near Chepstow in Gloucestershire.

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Personnel from BATUK and 1 Rifles helped renovate a school at the end of Exercise Askari Storm. Photo: Twitter/BATUKOfficial

The Battalion consists of around 550 Riflemen who deploy from their base location on training and operations worldwide.

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The British troops donated clothing to the children who study at the school they helped renovate. Photo: Twitter/BATUKOfficial

Originally part of 3 Commando Brigade, 1 Rifles is now part of 1st (UK) Division – which heads up the British Army Light Role Adaptable Force, optimised for the challenges of today, both within the UK and abroad.

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