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He was found by the CQMS, gripping the 9 x 9 tent as it threatened to carry him into the air and out to sea. Sgt Muir set his basha up on a vantage point which became known as “Satan’s Rock”.


The week progressed steadily, building up from reconnaissance to fighting patrols as well as defending the FOB. On one dark and windy night, Cpl Lenny Dennis managed to find the outdoor swimming pool. The final attack came at the end of the week. Cpl Dave Greenway’s Javelin Section fixed the enemy on an area known as Hawk Rock (yet another near vertical assault), WO2 Mo Morley’s mortars were providing live support and then 4 Platoon made the break in, scrabbling from rock to rock defeating the enemy as they went. This was swiftly followed up by 3 Platoon with Lt Mal Wheelers, 1 Platoon taking the final glory at the top of the highest


point of Hawk Rock. An apt way to describe the final attack is “gruelling”! Once complete, a quick tab down to FOB Rob, CSM Bartley’s beach paradise, for tea and medals. We were again hosted by the excellent sailors on RFA Largs Bay; A Company arrived back in MPC to prepare for another exercise, Ex Cape Petrel in which we helped to train the RAF to defend the airfield. The exercise was conducted by Commander British Forces whose principal aim was to test the other Services working in MPC and their ability to respond to a hostile invasion force. A Company provided the enemy forces as well as teams to mentor the non-Infantry. The following week was, at times, frustrating (usually manifesting itself in a look of thunder on Sgt “Kenno” Kennedy’s face). It was a testament to the Company’s sense of professionalism that they provided structured and disciplined training to the RAF Ground Defence Force.


After a second period at ORC, Capt Smyth and 2Lt Cooke took a party down to Sea Lion Island to see….. yes, you guessed it, penguins - as well as sea lions. It was a good day enjoyed by all, especially LCpl “55” Roberts who has now decided that he could rival Sir David Attenborough. An R & R period gave the Platoons an opportunity to visit battlefields from the Falklands Conflict in 1982: Goose Green, Mount Longdon and Mount Tumbledown served as interesting and very poignant reminders to all of the sacrifice made in a place so far away. It was particularly significant for those, such as Cpl Buckley, whose own family had fought in those battles. We left with huge respect for those who fought in the conflict. The Falkland Islands provide some excellent training opportunities which infantry Units just cannot get elsewhere. We were given the chance to work alongside assets which we may not see until Operations. Many of the opportunities would not have come about had it not been for the generosity and hard work of our colleagues in The Royal Air Force and The Royal Navy: our attitudes changed and we departed the Falklands full of admiration for the other Services.


The Mercian Eagle


October 2009 13


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