A Troop from 70 Gurkha Field Squadron deployed on Exercise INVICTA STALLION, a route upgrade task in Stanford Training Area (STANTA), Thetford.
I was looking forward to this Project as we had been restricted to working within our barracks since COVID-19 restrictions first came into effect last year.
The main objective of the task was to upgrade a route within the training area. This would enable us to sharpen our trade skills ahead of Exercise PINESTICK (a construction exercise in Cyprus on which will deploy later in the year), whilst providing a useful service to the MOD.
During the two and half week project, 800m of gravel road was constructed using 2,500 tonnes of materials. 300mm of the top layer was removed from the existing route and hauled to the dumping site, whilst type one and two gravel materials were bought from the quarry to construct the road. More than ten heavy plant machines were used to complete the task. Plant operators, surveyors, construction material technicians, bricklayers and concreters were all involved in completing the task.
The project provided an excellent opportunity for us to enhance our trade skills, which will in turn increase our deployability and operational effectiveness.
By Sapper Saugat Thapa, Queen’s Gurkha Engineers