Army Reserves take part in exercise with armoured rocket launcher (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Army Reserves take part in exercise with armoured rocket launcher
3:54pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
AN Army Reserves unit is taking part in a training exercise in moors and woods above Catterick Garrison, using a specialist rocket launch system.
101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery – the only tracked armoured Army Reserve artillery unit in the North of England – will spend the next two weeks training with a guided multiple launch rocket system (GMLRS).
The reserve unit today (Wednesday, October 2) fought through the rain to set up equipment in camouflaged hides before taking part in drills with the armoured rocket-launch vehicles, which have a firing range of up to 70 metres.
Lance Brigadier James Phillips, 33, from Jarrow, said he had been in the Army Reserves – also known as the Territorial Army – for eight years.
“My dad was in the regular Army so that inspired me to join the TA,” he said.
“I have learnt a lot of skills, gone on tours to Cyprus and Afghanistan and I enjoy the physical training involved.”
Gunner Paul Welsh from Chester-le-Street said it was the death of his neighbour in Afghanistan that made him want to join the reserves.
He said: “It is certainly different to my civilian life and job as a business development manager with Mercedes Benz – I am currently taking a break from work to concentrate on being part of the reserves.”
Sergeant Lorraine Toward, 36, from Gateshead, said: “I have been in the TA for 19 years.
“I have been deployed to Iraq and Germany - as a woman you get treated no differently and get all the same opportunities as the guys.
“It is very rewarding.”
The Army Reserves are now recruiting – call 0845-600-8080 for details.
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