20 May 2013
During the February half term Second Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (2RRF) hosted 31 cadets and 9 adult volunteers from Northumbria ACF in Cyprus. The week-long Exercise Northumbrian Zeus gave cadets the opportunity to train alongside former members of the County who are now regular soldiers with 2RRF.
During the field exercise the cadets spent two days on the live firing ranges where they used a range of infantry weapons including the sniper rifle, minimi, general purpose and heavy machine guns, automatic grenade launcher and even the .50 calibre heavy support weapon which proved a real favourite with both cadets and adults alike.
Background activities on the range included how to fit and use body armour and use of the Valum mine detector. Fresh from this the cadets deployed on troop carrying vehicles to a Forward Operating Base on Peyla training area for a 48 hour tactical exercise that included patrolling, section and platoon attacks to clear mythical pirates from the area. There was plenty of blank ammunition and the regular soldiers of 2RRF who played the parts of the "pirates" were genuinely surprised at the high standard of training the cadets had achieved.
Outside of the exercise period the cadets had the opportunity for a cultural visit to Nicosia and for two days of watersports.
To put something back into the local community, the cadets also spent a day at the Garrison primary school, painting outdoor furniture and play equipment, before joining the local Brownie and Girl Guide group at a church service to celebrate the achievements of young people.
Northumbria ACF would like to thank all organisations who provided funding for this venture.