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Numbers Cadre in the latter half of 2008 run by WO2 Bate has helped the Platoon maintain its fighting capability, and has put them on the forward foot for the trips down to the Falklands.


Javelin has been split into three sections, each attached to the relevant Rifle Companies cycling through the Falklands – showing the companies what Javelin and the CLU (Command Launch Unit) can offer in either the engagement or surveillance modes. Although no missiles were available, this did not stop Captain Pye-Watson (new OC Javelin) from going down to ‘plan’ some Javelin ranges…just in case!


Once the Falklands rotation is complete, the Platoon can really concentrate on our own specific training as a complete unit. This will be helped with a consolidated training package, which will be run in Warminster in June; followed by another Numbers Cadre in July. Kenya will be a great test for the Platoon, whether used in the anti-tank role or the FSG (Fire Support Group) role, which will most certainly aid us in preparing for Op Herrick 12 next year.


Mortar Platoon – Capt M Tutton / WO2 M Morley


After a year of being temporarily disbanded and sent to the rifle companies to bolster their manpower, the 1 MERCIAN Mortar Platoon was reformed in July 08. On reforming it was immediately apparent how undermanned and under qualified the Platoon was. So the conditions were set, “let’s start from scratch”.


The platoon reformed with a new Platoon Commander, Capt Tutton, who immediately disappeared to Warminster to complete his Platoon Commanders’ course, but were very lucky to have an experienced hand return in the shape of WO2 ‘Mo’ Morley. In the short period we had before Christmas once all the Regimental commitments had been completed he managed to recruit more manpower and squeeze in a Numbers Cadre and Executive Cadre. The Numbers Cadre ran extremely well culminating in the Platoon live firing at Otterburn and using the entire year’s allocation of ammunition. The Platoon live fire included a combined night shoot with the Fire Sp Platoon and the opportunity for the Signals Platoon to try their hand at calling in mortar fire.


Completion of the Numbers Cadre enabled us to send Cpls Hines, Wright and LCpl Lightfoot onto the Standards Course and Cpl Bolger onto the Advanced Course with a few more lined up for following courses.


After the Christmas break the Platoon flew to the Falklands on the first of 3 deployments to give live firing support to the rifle companies during their culmination exercises. The Falklands provided valuable and essential training in difficult conditions and over arduous terrain with the lads having to dig through the peat to find a harder base from which to fire. The Platoon were ever grateful for Pte ‘Mitch’ Mitchell and his BV providing re-supplies and doing some of the heavy load carrying.


The Platoon is now progressing well and with a number of RAAT tasks in the pipe line will be deploying to Kenya early in support of 1 SCOTS before joining the rest of the Battalion on Ex Grand Prix. Capt Tutton departs the platoon for the Australian Army in the summer to be replaced by Capt Powell.


Javelin Platoon – Capt R Pye-Watson / WO2 C Bate


Javelin Platoon’s resurrection within Support Company has been relatively smooth. A successful


20 October 2009 The Mercian Eagle


The Platoon welcomes Capt Pye-Watson from 2 MERCIAN, and Pte Varley (brother of the Sgt variety!) who realised that civvy street didn’t agree with him! Departing the Platoon and Army are Cpls Burgess and Greenaway who venturing into the world of private security companies. Cpl Ritchie has been seconded to 2 MERCIAN BG as an OMLT (Observation, Mentor and Liaison Team) 2ic for Op Herrick 10; we wish him luck and a safe tour as an acting Sgt.


Reconnaissance Platoon – Capt G Brown / CSgt Wright


Having subsumed into the Rifle Companies for Op TELIC 11, the Recce Platoon had to be reformed from scratch in July 2008. This was followed almost immediately by summer leave and thereafter an exercise in New Zealand in which much of the hierarchy was involved. This meant that the platoon did not effectively come together until late September.


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