British soldiers, including local servicemen, are helping sort and pack 84,000 surplus helmets to be sent to Ukraine for army use. Thirty members of the Midlands-based ‘Poachers’, 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, have been hard at work over the past week.
The battalion includes recruits from Lincolnshire and Rutland, who have helped the cause in Ukraine by sending up to 12,000 helmets each day.
Working from morning to night, the troops are currently housed in a huge stores warehouse at MOD Donnington in Shropshire, where surplus supplies have been shipped in from military stores across the UK.
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The task is to physically strip the helmets of any British Army webbing or identify badges and pack them into crates. Each crate contains 100 Vital Helmets.
Sergeant Oliver Church, an A Company platoon sergeant who is coordinating the field mission to sort, pack and ship the helmets on time, said: “The guys are more than happy to help the cause. hope what we are doing will help our military counterparts in Ukraine by providing them with the vital protection they really need at this time.
Due to a lack of adequate protection for members of the Ukrainian armed forces during the war in Eastern Europe in 2014, hundreds of Mk7 helmets were purchased from the UK and used by Ukrainian service personnel, as well than earlier Mk6 and Mk6A helmets. This year’s Crafty Logistics Operation saw the helmets collected and processed by Team Leidos personnel employed under the Defense Equipment and Support Logistics and Services Transformation (LCST) program .
Soldiers process up to 12,000 helmets a day, packing all 100 helmets into giant cartons. They are then handed over to the Leidos team to be transported to Poland for further distribution to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
2nd Royal Anglian Troops are recruited from all counties in the East of England and East Midlands including Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Lincolnshire. It is a mechanized light infantry battalion.
They are currently the United Kingdom Standby Battalion (UKSB). This means that they are ready to be deployed at short notice anywhere in the world where they are needed.