Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter March 2015
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The first 2 weeks of March have the Field Training Unit training the Light Dragoon Battle Group using the Army Weapons Effect Simulation system on Exercise WESSEX STORM,
using extensive areas across the Plain. Concurrently HQ 3rd (UK) Division will mount a deployment exercise for elements of the Lead Armoured Task Force. This training will
involve a simulated road move utilising Salisbury Plain transit routes in the East and Centre.
Some 700 plus armoured and wheeled vehicles will transit this route on the 9th March.
Convoys will be dispatched at regular intervals and disruption to civilian traffic at A and C tank crossings on the A345, CC and DD tank crossings on the A338, GG tank crossing on
the A3076, and BB and A2 tank crossings on the A342 are likely throughout the day.
The last 2 weeks of March are busy across the whole Plain with the West (Imber Ranges) being used for a major live firing Combined Arms Demonstration 17th – 20th March involving
1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment Battle Group supported by Artillery, attack helicopters and fighter ground attack. The following week a major logistics exercise TIMBER TRUSS run
by the Defence Logistics School 21st – 27th March involving convoys of heavy trucks will use all training area transit routes. In addition Company/Squadron Armoured and Armoured Infantry training by the Royal Tank Regiment, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment and 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, together with armoured elements of 22 Engineer Regiment will take place across all areas.
Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service
(0845 600 7580) or on line at www.gov.uk/low-flying-in-your-area .
Artillery Live Firing Days from Areas 6, 7 and 8: Nil
Artillery Live Firing days on Salisbury Plain (East) Nil
Late firing on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 3rd , 5th, 7th,10th, 12th, 14th,18th, 19th, 24th,
26 th, and 31st March 2015
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil
Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 1st, 21st , 22rd ,28th and 29th March
Non firing days on Bulford Ranges: 1st, 7th ,8th, 21st , 22nd, 28th and 29th March 2015
1 YORK Battlegroup are conducting a Combined Arms Demonstration during the week 16 – 20 March and will be conducting Live Firing of Heavy Armour and Artillery in areas 1,2,3,4 (The West).
Mon, Wed & Fridays – Bulford Ranges are live until 1700hrs for operational training.
Complaints/Enquiries should be made to 0800 0223334.
Upcoming Major Exercises. During exercises access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Rights of way in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.
This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 67 4763.
Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned open dates for 2014 are as follows:
Event Open Closed
1. Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.
2. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE CRIME ON SALISBURY PLAIN?
If any crime is taking place call 999 and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.
Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or PLAINWATCH@landmarc.mod.uk. The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.
Health and Safety reminder for all Military Training Areas and Ranges:
- Do not touch or tamper with Military debris.
- Wash your hands before you eat.
- Clean your footwear before you enter your car or home.
S J MADEN
Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain