British Army troops from five different brigade headquarters within the warfighting division are taking part in Exercise Cerberus-2022 held in Germany. 

The command post exercise seeks to test and validate the operational readiness of the 16 Air Assault Brigade Combat Team, 12 Armoured Brigade Combat Team, 7th Light Mechanised Brigade Combat Team, 101 Operational Sustainment Brigade, and 1st Aviation Brigade Combat Team.

The latest exercise in central Europe follows drills conducted at Salisbury Plain Training Area in the UK and is also meant to assess the brigades’ capability to rapidly shift both personnel and equipment on a large scale.

Personnel in the five brigades, under the Headquarters 3rd United Kingdom Division (3 (UK) Div), include reconnaissance and armoured cavalry, armoured and mechanised infantry, aviation, artillery, engineers, and logistics teams.

3 (UK) Div chief of staff colonel Owain Luke said: “We have deployed here to Germany to use the Land Regional Hub at Sennelager, which has also acted as a real test of our ability to deploy forces to the continent at speed.

“Each headquarters will be assessed as being ready for operations by testing their ability to plan and execute operations within a simulated warfighting scenario set in Europe.”

The participants fighting a peer adversary are being assessed in a realistic scenario.

The NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), led by the UK, will provide Nato command and control.

Soldiers from the American 1st Cavalry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team are also part of the field army exercise.

Luke said: “This exercise is also about building our interoperability with US forces, as well as aligning with Nato procedures and working under Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.”