1972/73

[Comment – When looking at the large increase in the number of demonstrations that the Regiment performed during this period, it would appear that the Royal Signals and others had come understand the uniqueness of the equipment and role that was being performed. – OM]

UK 72 to 73_edited
Totals – Exercises 4    Operations 1   Demonstrations 16    Trials 3

OP DENTON (1st April – 5th June 1972)
UK/TSC500 (M TWO) of T Troop (Capt J M Sweetman) at Long Kesh.

DEMONSTRATION (20th – 25th April 1972)
Demonstrations for RAF Cranwell, RAF Skynet Course and Allied Radio Frequency Agency – UK/TSC 500 (M ONE) of S Troop (Capt R W Barry) at RAF Oakhanger.

DEMONSTRATION (2nd – 5th May 1972)
D13/R234 (Det 2) of B troop (S/Sgt (FoS) Hodgson) to ASC DIV 1 students at School of Signals, Blandford.

TRIAL (10th – 11th May 1972)
JATE – Puma Helicopter Trials – UK/TSC 500 (M ONE) of S Troop (Maj C E Grundy) at Abingdon.

DEMONSTRATION (23rd May 1972)
Demonstration – Staff College Students Agency – UK/TSC 500 (M ONE) of S Troop (Maj C E Grundy) at Worcester

DEMONSTRATION (17th June 1972)
West Mercian Depot Open Day – D13/R234 (Det 1) of B Troop (S/Sgt (FoS) Gould) at Lichfield.

DEMONSTRATION (24th June 3rd July 1972)
ARMEX 72 – UK/TSC500 (M TWO) of T Troop (Capt J M Sweetman) at West Bromwich

EX. ENOBABUS/SIGNAL VIEW (29th June – 8th July1972)
D13/R234 (Det 1) of B Troop (S/Sgt (FoS) Gould) to Blandford. Operating into Gibraltar.

OP DENTON (5th July – 3rd November 1972)
UK/TSC500 (M TWO) of S Troop (Capt R W Barry) at Long Kesh.

EX. SIGNAL VIEW – DEMONSTRATION (5th – 10th July 1972)
UK/TSC500 (M TWO) of T Troop (Maj C E Grundy and Capt J M Sweetman) at Blandford.

Ex. SIGNAL VIEW – DEMONSTRATION (6th – 8th July 1972)
D1/R234 (Det 1) of B Troop (S/Sgt (FoS) Gould) and E21/R240 of E Troop (Capt C J Dakin) at Blandford.

EX ENOBABUS (9th – 14th July 1972)
D13/R234 (Det 1) of A Troop to Droitwich. Continuation of previous event operating into Gibraltar

TRIAL (10th – 23rd July 1972)
BRUIN-SKYNET Interface Trials – UK/TSC500 (M TWO) of T Troop (WO1 (FoS) R Morris) at Blandford.

DEMONSTRATION (23rd – 26th July 1972)
Demonstration for NATO Signal Officers – UK/TSC500 (M TWO) of T Troop (Capt J M Sweetman) at Blandford

DEMONSTRATION (24th – 27th July 1972)
Demonstration to NATO officers of E21/R241 of E Troop (Capt C J Dakin) at Blandford.

DEMONSTRATION (4th – 5th August 192)
Worcester Show – D13/R234 (Det 2) of B troop (S/Sgt (FoS) Hodgson) at Worcester.

DEMONSTRATION (8th September 1972)
Demonstration for MOD (Sales) to 90 Foreign VIPs – UK/TSC500 (M TWO) of T Troop (Lt J N Howie) at Woolwich

DEMONSTRATION (5th October 1972)
Recruiting Display – D13/R234 (Det 2) of B troop (S/Sgt (FoS) Hodgson) at Blandford.

DEMONSTRATION (10th October 1972)
RMAS Arms Display – Recruiting Display – D13//R234 (Det 2) of B troop (S/Sgt (FoS) Hodgson) at Blandford.

DEMONSTRATION (12th October 1972)
Recruiting Display – D13/R234 (Det 2) of B troop (S/Sgt (FoS) Hodgson) at Blandford.

EX. RUBY SIGNET 12th – 23rd October 1972)
Commcen from A Troop (Det 2) (Sgt Moffat) deployed to supply rear link terminal at RAF Lyneham. Sgt Russell (DTg) attached to UKJATFOR in Denmark.

DEMONSTRATION (17th January 1973)
Demonstration to No 9 R Signals Officers Refresher Course. D13/R234 (Det 2) of B troop (S/Sgt (FoS) Hodgson) at Blandford.

DEMONSTRATION 23rd January 1973)
Demonstration for Junior Staff Course Students – UK/TSC500 (M TWO) of T Troop (Capt P Whitemore) at Blandford

DEMONSTRATION (23rd January 1973)
RMAS and Staff College – D13/R234 (Det 2) of B troop (S/Sgt (FoS) Hodgson) at Blandford.

DEMONSTRATION (25th January 1973)
Demonstration to 1 Signal Group – E21/R241 of E Troop (Capt R A J Gardner) and D13/R234 (Det2) of B Troop (Capt J P Hayes) at Old Sarum.

DEMONSTRATION (6th February 1973)
Demonstration at RMAS – D13/R234 (Det 2) of A troop (Lt G J Thomas) at Sandhurst.

DEMONSTRATION (14th February 1973)
Demonstration to RMCS Shrivenham Army Staff Course Div. 2 – D13/R234 (Det 2) of A troop (Lt G J Thomas) at Blandford.

EX. TUSKER (20th February – 6th March 1973)
E21/R241 of E Troop (Capt R A J Gardner) to Droitwich. Operating in 2 phases to Cyprus and Mauritius.

TRIAL (14th – 31st March 1973)
BRUIN-SKYNET Interface Trials – UK/TSC500 (MTWO) of T Troop (Capt R W Barry) at Blandford.

Overseas Operations & Exercises

Overseas 72 to 73_editedTotals –     Exercises 10      Operations 1

EX. CHAPELGATE (4th April 1972 –)
E21/R241 of D Troop (Lt R A J Gardner) to British Honduras and established rear link to HMS Forest Moor. (For a period not exceeding 6 months)
There is a personal ‘memory’ of this exercise in the Memories section –
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EX FABULOUS (17th April -7th June 1972)
D13/R234 (Det 1) of B Troop (Capt J P Hayes and S/Sgt (FoS) Gould) to Kenya. Operating in 2 phases to DCN anchor stations in Mauritius and Gan.

EX. RABELAIS (16th May – 14th June 1972)
E21/R241 of E Troop (Capt C J Dakin) to Ascension Island. Operating in two phases to DCN anchor stations at Stanbridge and Cyprus.
There is a personal ‘memory’ of this exercise in the Memories section –
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MAT GULF (18th May 1972)
D13/R234 (Det 1) of A Troop (S/Sgt (FoS) Gadman) returned after 6 months tour. Lt Thomas handed over command to Lt A Hutt starting on 1st June 1972.

EX. GADARA (18th June – 21st July 1972)
D13/R234 (Det 2) of A Troop (WO1 (FoS) Hoe) to Cyprus. Operating in 3 phases to Gibraltar, Stanbridge and MAT Gulf.

EX. QUAKE (19th June – 24th August 1972)
D13/R234 (Det 2) of B Troop (S/Sgt (FoS) Hodgson) to Larzac, France. Providing rear link ccts for ABU Larzac and Training Units via DCN Anchor in Cyprus.

EX. CHAPELGATE (September/ October 1972)
A decision to extend beyond the initial 6 month period a complete changeover of personnel. Capt M Bowen relieved Capt R A J Gardner as OC detachment.

EX. QUAKE (22nd July – 24th August 1972)
D13/R234 (Det 1) of A Troop (S/Sgt (FoS) Gadman) to Larzac, France. Operating into Stanbridge (This circuit was closed after 3 days due to withdrawal of tradesmen for Public Duties). D13 (Det 1) of B Troop (S/Sgt (FoS) Gould) to Agde, France. Operating into Gibraltar.

EX. SQUINT (28th August – 28th September 1972)
E21/R241 of E Troop (Capt C J Dakin) to Solomon Islands. Operating in 2 phases to Melbourne and Singapore.
There is a personal ‘memory’ of this exercise in the Memories section –
Click here to read

EX. SQUALL (2nd – 22nd November 1972)
D13/R234 (Det 1) of B Troop (Lt M Prymaka) to Singapore. Operating in 2 phases to Hong Kong and Gan.

EX IAMBUS (15th November – 15th December 1972)
D13/R234 (Det 2) of A Troop (Lt G J Thomas) to Gibraltar. Operating in 2 phases to Stanbridge and Cyprus.

EX KANDY (11th February – 28th March 1973)
D13/R234 (Det 2) of B Troop (Capt J P Hayes) to Singapore. Operating in 3 phases to Gan, Hong Kong and Melbourne.

EX. CHAPELGATE (February/March 1973)
A further extension involved a further complete changeover of personnel. WO2 (FoS) A Falconer relieved Capt M Bowen as OC detachment.

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