On Friday 14th September, Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron abandoned their normal parade night, donned their DP (disruptive pattern) uniform and cam cream and headed off to Gamecock Barracks near Nuneaton for some Fieldcraft Training.
The Fieldcraft Training and Radio Navigation Exercise code named Operation Gurkha Survival, involving cadets and staff from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron and supported by service helpers, was held within the training ground of Gamecock Barracks, home of 30 Signals Regiment and was the culmination of weeks of training and preparation.
On arrival within the training ground the cadets received the pre-exercise briefing which set the scene for the operation including the need to avoid contact with the Gurkhas who formed the hunter force.
Following the briefing the cadets went straight into action with a demanding Night Radio Navigation Exercise designed to test basic radio communications skills and accuracy of message transmission in field conditions. As messages were transmitted between the 7 different mobile handsets, the cadet teams had to successfully navigate their way around the training area only to find themselves faced with multiple scenarios, each designed to give the cadets practical fieldcraft training under field conditions.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron said, “The cadets always enjoy these fieldcraft training Exercises, it's amazing how eager they are to get their disruptive pattern kit on, cover themselves and for that matter everything else in cam cream and get stuck into the tasks they've been given. For many of the cadets this was the first time they have had fieldcraft training under such conditions so it was a bit of an eye opener for them”.
”This exercise was the first of many such activities that we are planning and thanks to all the help we had from service helpers and volunteers from the Veterans Contact Point, operation Gurkha Survival was a fantastic success, the cadets even managed to avoid capture by the elusive Gurkha hunter force”.
He concluded, “I would take this opportunity to thank 30 Signals Regiment for permitting us to use the Gamecock Barracks training area and would extend special thanks to S/Sgt Vinod Shrestha (British Gurkha/Royal Signals), Sgt Mike Bennet (Royal Artillery) PO Paddy Garner (Royal Navy), Signaler Alex Kelly (Royal Signals), Cpl John Rodmill (Royal Signals), Sgt Curless (Royal Signals), Ms Kirsty Smith and all the Squadron staff & cadets who helped to make the whole exercise such an outstanding success”.
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