The first integration exercise with the Light Dragoons and Royal Anglians prior to their deployment to Mali as part of the UN stabilisation mission took place on Salisbury Plain. In recognition of the increasing instability in the Sahel region, the UK Government has authorised a large- scale British peacekeeping deployment to Eastern Mali. Based in Gao, 250 personnel will deploy in response to a UN requirement and will address a key capability gap for the UN Mission
Image to illustrate The International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2021* Soldiers of C Squadron, The Queen’s Dragoon Guards are put through their paces during a casualty evacuation scenario at Stanford Training Area in Norfolk. The troops had to respond to a group that had been caught in an IED blast whilst not becoming casualties themselves. During the scenario they are expected to apply first aid treatment and battlefield injury management whilst concurrently providing casualty evacuation for the injured. Once deployed the soldiers are all conducting Ex Gao Dawn which is a mission rehearsal exercise for their role as the Long-Range Reconnaissance Group. This exercise is designed to test the soldiers in an environment that represents what the task group will face as the British contingent within the United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Operation Newcombe. Today, UN peacekeepers are actively engaged in some of the world’s most challenging environments. The International Day of UN Peacekeepers was first observed in 2003 to recognise and appreciate the efforts and sacrifice of UN peacekeepers.
Sergeant from 1 Platoon, A Company, 2 Royal Anglian is standing in front of a Foxhound during a mission rehearsal exercise ready for his deployment on Operation Newcombe in Mali later this year. Soldiers of 1 Platoon, A Company, The 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment training for deployment to Mali on Op Newcombe. The soldiers are all conducting Ex Gao Dawn which is a mission rehearsal exercise for their role as the Long Range Reconnaissance Group. This exercise is designed to test the soldiers in an environment that represents what the task group will face as the British contingent within the United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Operation Newcombe.
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