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Desert Rats in one of the biggest exercises of its kind in a decade

Desert Rats in one of the biggest exercises of its kind in a decade. Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than two thousand soldiers from our region are currently taking part in one of the biggest training operations of its kind for a decade.

Members of the Desert Rats from Essex and Norfolk are living and fighting on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire for six weeks as part of Exercise Wessex Storm.

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It’s designed to test the soldiers on the skills needed to live and fight for long periods of time under harsh conditions.

Later this year, the Desert Rats will deploy on operations in Mali, Afghanistan and Poland. This Exercise is a key part of ensuring their readiness for those operations.

Desert Rats training on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

“It’s a very large training area. There’s lots of live firing that we can do here that we can’t necessarily do back in Norfolk and there’s lots of large villages. It’s all set up for a big major brigade level exercise.”

– Capt. Joe Kite, B Squadron, Queen's Dragoon Guards