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October 25th 2016

Reservists from 104 Battalion REME have been training in Germany on Exercise Castle Deployment

Reservist from 104 Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers during training

80 reservists from 104 Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers recently left Germany following their two-week Annual Continuous Training (ACT) programme – Exercise Castle Deployment.

Part of the ACT saw the reservists undertake various artisan trade tasks that included vehicle mechanics, armoury duties and metalsmith training working closely with their regular counterparts throughout.

Commenting on this aspect of the exercise Craftsman Danny Parker, who transferred to the Battalion from 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment,  said: “this week has proved invaluable in allowing me to further my trade training as a metalsmith.

“The training has been excellent and I have enjoyed working with the Regulars. I am learning new skills all the time with the REME which will hopefully lead to qualifications that will open up more career opportunities for me in civilian life.”

Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers during training

Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers during training

With the trade training complete the reservists travelled to Grafenwoehr, southern Germany to hone their marksmanship skills with a series of range packages and basic close combat skills training and concluded the exercise with sports activities and an educational visit to Dachau.

WO1 ASM Steve Spencer said: “Exercise Castle Deployment here in Germany has been a really worthwhile visit. Not only will the soldiers have had the chance to test their soldering skills in a completely different environment they have been able to work on equipment not necessarily available in the UK and most importantly maintained currency of their trade skills – undoubtedly they will leave here with an increased level of confidence.”

“This week has proved invaluable in allowing me to further my trade training as a metalsmith."