Troops from 7 Air Assault Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) are currently in Cyprus taking part in Exercise Lion Sun.

The four-week exercise aims to develop REME troops’ basic infantry skills in the challenging environment and terrain of Cyprus, with temperatures edging over 40 degrees Celsius.

It is also a promotion course for soldiers looking to move up the ranks from Lance Corporal to Corporal.

7 Air Assault Battalion is responsible for maintaining the Army’s helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, with its Colchester-based 8 Field (Para) Company looking after the trucks and armoured vehicles of 16 Air Assault Brigade.

Troops have come out of their workshops to practise infantry tasks like patrolling, clearing compounds and searching for improvised explosive devices, with the exercise culminating in a dawn attack on a village.

Major Bob Jones, the battalion’s second-in-command, said:

“This exercise has really taken our soldiers out of their comfort zone. We have worked them hard in a tough environment and climate, challenging them to learn and apply skills that are very different to their day jobs.