Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter October 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area


October 2013
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1. Exercise PASHTUN DAWN (27th August to 5th September) prepared the next brigade to deploy into Afghanistan and was one of the largest in recent years, with the whole Plain in use. On occasions aircraft were required to stay in an “over watch position” (where they protect the troops on the ground) and could not be “moved on” without compromising the exercise. It is unlikely that an exercise of this magnitude will take place again until 2014. However, contact details for the MOD
Low Flying Advisory Service can be found overleaf.
2. As a quid pro quo for closing some dead end paths which run south from Ridgeway, MOD plans to move the sign line along the Ridgeway track to the south to form a Ridgeway Corridor which will allow the public to use the old tank track as a Permissive Bridleway for horse riders, cyclists and walkers. Although the tank track has now been refurbished we await the outcome of a public inquiry in November before the signs can be moved. Unfortunately the tank track remains out of bounds to the public until after the public inquiry.


October will see a significant increase in training across the Plain:
1 – 11 Oct. The main event for October is the Staff College Visit with an armoured battle group manoeuvre demonstration in the West and a static display of command and logistic units on and around Old Carter Barracks in the East. Rehearsals are in the first week.
1 – 4 Oct. The Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry and the Royal Wessex Yeomanry will complete their annual camps on Salisbury Plain at the end of the first week.
3 – 25 Oct – The Queens Royal Lancers will deploy with 85 CVR (T) (light tracked vehicles) to conduct three weeks of reconnaissance training across the whole Plain.
21 – 24 Oct. Land Warfare Centre exercises TEAM SPIRIT and BADGERS STRESS will train with significant armoured vehicle movement across all areas.
21 Oct – 3 Nov. 10th Queens Own Ghurkha Logistic Regiment, with some 80 heavy logistic vehicles, will conduct combat logistic patrols across the Plain.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 29, 31 Oct
Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil

Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.

Military Flying – Helicopters, Hercules (C130) and fast jets may be active at any time. Fox
Covert & Everleigh Dropping Zones will be active for most of the period. Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service (0845 600 7580) or on line at .
Provisional Dates for Major Exercises. During the following exercise access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 Ex WESSEX THUNDER
28 Apr 14 – 5 May 14 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Jun 14 – 25 Jun 14 Ex WESSEX THUNDER



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.

Larkhill Ranges. No firing is planned for: 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 26 & 27 Oct.

Note: Due to the risk of “cook off” from unexploded ordnance the range is closed during fires.
Bulford Ranges. No firing is planned for: 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20 Oct.
Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened.


Service of Remembrance. The Remembrance Service is on Saturday 9th Nov starting at 1100 (with access to and from Warminster only). The convoy will move from the Warminster Imber Road barrier (VP2) at 1015. Access is only permitted for the church service.
Provisional Christmas and New Year Dates. Planned dates are: 1600 20 Dec 13 – 0800 6th Jan 14.
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.
3. Church opening times can be found at

What Can You Do to Reduce Crime on Salisbury Plain?

If a crime is taking place call 999 and do not challenge the offenders.
Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

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