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.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Rifles (1 RIFLES) are currently training in Kenya on Exercise ASKARI STORM building combat #readiness for operations anywhere on the globe.@RiflesRegiment pic.twitter.com/NTe012zsDe
— British Army (@BritishArmy) February 2, 2018
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.
#Leadership the Rifles way. Our Junior Commanders reflect on Leadership in a challenging environment – they’ve certainly been put to the test out here in Kenya! #leadershipmatters @ArmySgtMajor @RiflesRegiment @Rifles_Comd_SM pic.twitter.com/7ItyWKBlIx
— 1 RIFLES (@1_Rifles) February 18, 2018
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.
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.
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.
1 Rifles is a Regular Infantry Battalion based in Beachley Barracks, near Chepstow in Gloucestershire.
The Battalion consists of around 550 Riflemen who deploy from their base location on training and operations worldwide.
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.