Monster truck: Humvees will be used to move troops and equipment during the Bermuda Warrior trip. *Creative Commons photo by Nevada Tumbleweed
Monster truck: Humvees will be used to move troops and equipment during the Bermuda Warrior trip. *Creative Commons photo by Nevada Tumbleweed
WEDNESDAY, MAR. 23: Regiment drivers have completed gruelling training in U.S. Marine Corps Humvees to prepare for their annual deployment overseas.

Two Marine sergeants put the soldiers through intensive trials to teach them how to handle the monster trucks.

The Regiment drivers will be behind the wheel of huge Humvees — high-mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles — and seven-ton trucks during their upcoming trip to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina next month.

Captain Christopher Gauntlett, Regiment adjutant, said: “The drivers need to be able to move troops and equipment and have to undergo training to the standards of the U.S. Marine Corps.

 “The largest vehicles we normally use are long wheelbase Land Rovers, so they will have to drive much bigger trucks than they are used to.

“The classroom part of the training was done on the island and our drivers did very well. They are trained to the equivalent standard of a basic Marine Corps driver.

“It means they will be able to start driving almost as soon as we arrive at Camp Lejeune.”

Warrior

Nearly 200 Regiment soldiers from four different areas will take part in this year’s two-week training exercise, dubbed Bermuda Warrior, which will be held in April and May. The boat troop will get specialised training from the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, while medics will undergo combat training from U.S. Navy experts.

The Regiment’s Alpha Company will be trained in shooting and internal security and will take part in major field exercises.

Major Julian Wheddon, Regiment training officer, said: “It takes several months of planning to put an exercise like this together. Those who travel to Lejeune will get a chance to participate in a variety of scenarios depending on their role in the Regiment.”