The City of London’s Army Reserve Regiment, The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) joined American Counterparts in June for a large exercise, Ex VAMBRACE SABER.
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Although British units often exercise in the US, it is rare for a Reserve regiment to be given the opportunity. Reserves were bought together with counterparts from the National Guard in California in the desert terrain training area which surrounds Camp Roberts, five hours away from Los Angeles. The exercise was designed to test the ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) capabilities of the HAC, (the Army’s only Reserve Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) regiment) and that of 1st Squadron, 18th Cavalry Regiment (1-18th Cavalry).
The exercise presented a realistic European scenario of cross border incursions to California, with the UK and US personnel tasked with working together. Their goal was to monitor the the threat and engage with insurgent forces. It was remarked that both units worked together towards a common goal and that the exercise was a success.
You can read more about EX VAMBRACE SABER here.