The British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) are committed to keeping themselves fit and ready for any eventuality during their tour of duty in East Africa.
Part of their routine is to take regular exercise challenges with no one escaping the Commander’s Physical Training every Friday.
BATUK is a permanent training support unit based mainly in Nanyuki, 200 km north of Nairobi, but with a small rear element in Nairobi.
They provide demanding training to exercising units preparing to deploy on operations or assume high readiness tasks and consists of around 100 permanent staff along with a reinforcing short tour cohort of another 280 personnel.
Under an agreement with the Kenyan Government, up to six infantry battalions per year carry out eight-week exercises in Kenya.
Exercises are split into two phases; Live Fire and Tactical Effects Simulation (TESEX), the later with a live enemy. The TESEX system identifies when vehicles have been fired at and damaged / destroyed and also informs soldiers when they are being fired at and if hit what injuries they have sustained.
There are also Royal Engineer exercises which carry out civil engineering projects and medical deployments which provide primary health care assistance to the civilian community.