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Queen's Royal Hussars on Hohne Ranges

The British Army's senior light cavalry regiment have been getting recquainted with their Challenger 2 main battle tanks during a training exercise on Hohne Ranges in Germany.

The Queen’s Royal Hussars (QRH), part of 20th Armoured Brigade, had a number of different roles while deployed on operations in Afghanistan.

Operation Herrick 15 saw them take on ground-holding roles using Warthog vehicles but it’s been 3 years since the QRH have had a chance to fire the Challenger 2 main battle tank so the exercise in Germany put them back in familiar territory.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Matt Campbell, QRH Regimental Sergeant Major, said:

It’s been fantastic to see the boys back to their core role, getting back onto the vehicles and working as crews again.

The Challenger 2's 120-millimetre-calibre tank gun
A view down the barrel of the Challenger 2 main battle tank's 120-millimetre-calibre gun [Picture: Corporal Ross Fernie RLC, Crown copyright]

Many of the crews have new gunners and drivers so it was a great chance for them to learn their core role and bond as a fighting unit.

The British Army Training Unit Suffield in Canada is next on the agenda for the QRH as they learn to fire their tanks as part of a battle group again on Exercise Prairie Thunder.

A member of the Queen's Royal Hussars in a Challenger 2 main battle tank
A member of the Queen's Royal Hussars in a Challenger 2 main battle tank [Picture: Corporal Ross Fernie RLC, Crown copyright]
Members of the Queen's Royal Hussars preparing ammunition
Members of the Queen's Royal Hussars preparing ammunition for the tank manoeuvres on Hohne Ranges [Picture: Corporal Ross Fernie RLC, Crown copyright]
The Challenger 2 main battle tank
The Challenger 2 main battle tank has a maximum speed of 59 kilometres per hour [Picture: Corporal Ross Fernie RLC, Crown copyright|
The Challenger 2 main battle tank
The Challenger 2 main battle tank in action on Hohne Ranges [Picture: Corporal Ross Fernie RLC, Crown copyright]

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