Though Ex BLACK EAGLE delayed the departure of this years Nordic ski team, it certainly did not stunt the performance of those who competed in both biathlon and classic disciplines. 3 weeks under instruction from ‘Nordic Blowfish’ in Sjusjøen prepared us well for our arrival in Austria to compete against other Army units. After a hard fought battle they came away just missing out on silverware but extremely proud of their efforts. Les Contamines followed with a chance for competition between all Combat Arms units. The team showed serious tenacity in battling around the military patrol race and after much hard work the team came away with ‘best novice’ for the classic relay. With some great experience logged, the team then took the chance to support their regimental comrades in the alpine competition, enjoying the variety of some skiing involving downwards inclines as well as up!
In late November 2014 a the KRH Alpine Team, consisting of both seasoned veterans and novices, made their way to Verbier for Ex WHITE KNIGHT, a five week exercise and competition between units of the AAC and RAC. Whilst the snowfall was disappointing this was compensated by some excellent après ski and the hosting of another now (in)famous Warrior Parties. The team had exceptional results at this stage winning 15 of 18 available trophies. Full of confidence they then proceeded on to Ex PIPEDOWN, the divisional championships where we sadly lost a stalwart of the regimental team to injury but nonetheless managed to qualify 3 members of the team for the Army championships on Ex LIONS CHALLENGE. They managed to finish 6th overall, an excellent result for a small regimental team fielding only three members. As a very gifted racer Capt Joe Williamson was selected as a member of the Army team and proved himself to be the fastest skier at the Inter Services championships over Super G and Downhill disciplines. Watch this space for results from the British National Championships to be held in March at Tignes where Capt Williamson will be flying the KRH flag proudly as a member of the Combined Services Team.
Between October and December 2014, The King’s Royal Hussars Battlegroup deployed to Zagan, South West Poland as the British Army’s Lead Armoured Battlegroup on Ex BLACK EAGLE. This saw more than 1300 British soldiers and over 100 armoured vehicles, including Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks and Warrior Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicles, from the 3rd UK Division deploy in joint exercises. The Polish deployed their 10th Armoured Brigade, equipped with Leopard 2 tanks and BMP armoured personnel carriers.
Some of the Challenger 2s, which saw action a decade ago in Iraq, were brought out of storage in Germany and updated with the latest armour and communications equipment. The Combined Service Support Group (CSSG), which deployed alongside the KRH BG, was responsible for providing support for this fleet and the rest of the Battlegroup.
A significant demonstration of the UK’s support to the region and NATO’s Immediate Assurance Measures, Ex BLACK EAGLE also highlighted the British Army’s ability to deploy an Armoured Battlegroup at short notice anywhere in the world in support of the nation’s allies.
KRH Association and serving members of the regiment.