2 YORKS Get Ready for Afghanistan
Training Intensifies Ahead of Op TORAL Deployment
Live firing and night driving are just two of the skills soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS), have been polishing up ahead of their planned deployment to Afghanistan this summer as part of Operation TORAL.
Some 450 soldiers from 2 YORKS will be sent to Kabul in two four-month rotations starting in August.
British Army Provides Kabul Protection Unit
2 YORKS will form the core of the Kabul Protection Unit to protect the NATO advise-and-assist mission in Afghanistan (Operation Resolute Support).
To hone their skills, soldiers undertook live firing at Otterburn and Warcop, with urban and night driving training to follow. Preparation will be rounded off with programmes at the Land Warfare Centre’s combined arms tactical trainer, and command and staff trainer.
2 YORKS commanding officer, Lt Col Sam Humphris, told the British Army’s Soldier magazine that:
While out there they may have to make big decisions rapidly and on their own. As such, we are pushing personal responsibility and judgemental training very hard as underlying themes throughout our preparations.
Sources: Soldier (May, 2017).
Image: 2nd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS), live firing training for Op TORAL deployment, May 2017 (Crown Copyright, 2017).