On the sparsely populated plains of Alberta, in a training area the size of Wales, sits the British Army’s busiest ammo depot outside the UK. It’s currently commanded by a Reserve from 151 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, 2nd Lt Tom Loyn from Stanmore.
In just a few months the Ammo Troop of 105 Logistics Support Squadron has issued more than 200,000 rounds of ammunition for everything from small arms to the high explosives used by Challenger 2 tanks and the AS-90 self-propelled artillery gun.
With Reserves from elsewhere in the UK, 2nd Lt Loyn is working alongside regular army colleagues from 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment to support Exercise PRAIRIE STORM, a live firing and simulated battlegroup training exercise at the British Army Training Unit Suffield, known in the army as BATUS.
In the course of a training year at BATUS 120 tonnes of ammunition is issued, including more than 700,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. All the rounds must be accounted for with regular stock checks and 2nd Lt Loyn responsible for weekly audits of stock checking to ensure accuracy.