CSSB leads the way delivering PMV capability
Commanding Officer 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion (3CSSB) Lieutenant Colonel (Lt-Col) Colin Bassett says as Project Land 121 is progressively delivered, many units – including 3CSSB – have used major exercises to develop robust techniques and procedures that deliver capabilities warfighters need now and in the future.
“We have worked hard to ensure there is no confusion within 3 Bde over the differing roles of the PMV [between 3CSSB] and the capability delivered by 2 Cav Regt [which joined 3 Bde late last year],” he says.
“2 Cav Regt has a role that demands they seek engagement with the enemy, whereas our role is to enable the delivery of personnel and equipment within a threat environment while remaining out of contact.”
6 Tpt Sqn, which was re-raised within 3CSSB in early February, is charged with delivering a protected and unprotected mobility capability for 3 Bde. This model will be applied across all ready brigades as the Plan Beersheba cycle continues.
The success of this two-year journey, however, is already demonstrated with the deployment of 48 soldiers in support of the Force Protection Element in Afghanistan and the recent deployment of PMV teams in support of the Special Operations Task Group on Operation Okra.
Officer Commanding 6th Transport Squadron Major (Maj) Luke Tindale says the journey is “by no means” complete.
“6 Tpt Sqn will continue to be at the forefront of developing this capability and will continue to work closely with our supported units and sister battalions in 7 and 1 Bde,” he says.
Corporal James O’Donnell, a section commander within A Troop, 6 Tpt Sqn, has been involved in the development of the protected mobility capability at 3CSSB for the last two years.
“We have put in a lot of hard work to provide protected mobility to all 3 Bde units,” he says.
“It has been a good challenge and a point of personal pride for me to be involved in the generation of the protected mobility capability at 3CSSB.”
Responsibility for the training of PMV drivers and ancillary operators recently moved from the Combined Arms Training Centre (CATC) to the Army School of Transport [see Army, edition 1344, February 12, 2015, page 14].
CATC will develop and deliver additional training for infantry specialist PMV-based capabilities designed to complement the baseline training delivered by the School of Transport. Maj Tindale believes the future is bright for the PMV.
“We will continue to work closely with all users and trainers to ensure commonality and optimisation of this extremely capable platform as we move it forward,” he says.