May 23rd 2014


The people of Northampton will be able to learn how the Army keeps its military vehicles on the move when the Army Reserves hold an Open Day at their centre in Clare Street.

The event hosted by 118 Recovery Company will take place on Sunday, 1st June and will be open from 2pm until 5pm.

The day will give people the opportunity to learn more about their local Army Reserves and Cadet Forces. They will be able to meet chefs, vehicle mechanics and combat infantry soldiers as well as the Armed Forces cadets.

Visitors will get the chance to find out first-hand about the variety of jobs available in Northampton’s Army Reserve and speak to members of 118 Recovery Company and 3 Royal Anglian who are based at Clare Street.

Kit and equipment used by the Army Reserves will be on display including personal weapons and recovery vehicles.

118 Recovery Company is a part of 54 Force Support Battalion REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers). Their role is to maintain and repair the vast array of equipment that the Army has.

It is currently recruiting Vehicle Mechanics and Vehicle Recovery Mechanics in addition to support trades including chefs and clerks.

Vehicle recovery mechanics learn how to recover the Army’s ditched, bogged down, overturned and battle-damaged vehicles with the use of vehicle mounted winch and crane machinery.

They also work with heavy lifting equipment in difficult conditions and manage their personnel whilst doing so.  Other specialist training techniques include the use of metal cutting and gouging equipment, use of mathematical formulae to estimate the strength of pull required to extract stricken vehicles, towing techniques and block and tackle layouts.

A vehicle mechanic is trained to both repair and maintain the Army’s varied fleet of vehicles from Land Rovers to Challenger Main Battle Tanks. The level of repair can range from the changing of a spark plug to the overhaul and replacement of engines and gearboxes.

The 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment is an Army Reserve Infantry Battalion who work closely alongside their Regular counterparts in the combat role. It is one of the most operationally- experienced Army Reserve units. A variety of weapons used by the infanteers will be on display.

People will also be able to see an authentic field kitchen where Chefs from 118 Recovery Company will be cooking up samples of the Army’s ration packs to hand out to their visitors.

The town’s Cadet Forces will have displays including a climbing wall and boat provided by the Sea Cadets.

The day will be interspersed with music from Northampton Air Training Corps.

“It promises to be enjoyable afternoon that gives the public an opportunity to find out more about the Army Reserves and Cadets in the area.  We look forward to welcoming people on the day,” said Captain Bill Reeder of 118 Recovery Company.


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