2 MT Sqn The driving force behind Ex SAIF SAREEA III
No 2 Mechanical Transport (2 MT) Sqn deployed a detachment of 31 personnel to two different locations in Oman, in support of Exercise SAIF SAREEA III; the largest joint UK military exercise in 17 years.
For many of those deploying, it was their first experience of working in the extreme heat of a desert environment and their first time in Oman.
Those working out of RAF Oman Thumrait in the South were attached to 140 Expeditionary Air Wing, where the main effort was the continual refuelling of the many platforms, including Typhoons, BAE 146 and E3D Sentry, involved in both the Exercise and the Fire Power Demonstration. The secondary task was to provide real life support, managing the local hire fleet for over 600 personnel at RAF Oman Thumrait, conducting regular airport, hospital and supply runs to the local city of Salalah. Further assistance was provided to the deployed Force Elements to load and unload their assets and vehicles at the Port and transport them by convoy, supported by II Sqn RAF Regiment, to RAF Oman Thumrait. Demonstrating their ability to operate in hostile and everchanging scenarios without compromising real life support to 140 Expeditionary Air Wing, 2 MT personnel were successfully tested in a three-day Deployed Operating Base Force Protection Exercise.
Further North, 2 MT Sqn personnel at RAF Oman Musannah, also proved their versatility, carrying out a multitude of transport tasks. Working under the newly-formed Tri-Service Musannah Support Unit, they provided essential logistic support to Ex SAIF SAREEA III personnel and the Joint Forces Command Logistics Headquarters, regularly conveying HQ personnel and VIPs to multiple locations across Oman. Providing the crucial land bridge between Musannah Air Terminal and the forward locations of the Army and Joint Helicopter Command several hours away, they transported vital aircraft spares and medical equipment, and provided critical Battlefield Ambulance support 24 hours, seven days a week between the Role 1 Medical Facility and local hospitals. Stepping in at short notice, they conducted the refuelling duties for the Air to Air Refuelling Voyager; dispensing 780,000 Litres within three weeks.