Tigers experience tough terrain in Falklands

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A SERGEANT deployed with the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment on their first cold weather training stint in the Falklands has told of the unforgiving environment.

The regiment, known as the Tigers, draws many of its officers and soldiers from the south of England, including Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and West Sussex.

But its members’ homes are a far cry from the tough environment in which they are currently deployed.

The Tigers are guarding the Falklands area amid continuing tension between the Argentine and British governments over the ownership of the Islands.

Sergeant Billy Menzies said: ‘It’s very harsh, it’s a very unforgiving environment for soldiers that are outside their comfort zone.’

The Tigers first deployed to King Edward Cove in South Georgia onboard warship HMS Edinburgh late last month. While the Tigers were doing their drills, the ship’s company got to know the local wildlife and scientists from the British Antarctic Survey who operate a research base at King Edward Point. The Portsmouth-based destroyer is on a six-month stint in the Southern Ocean, one of the most remote parts of the planet.

Prior to that Edinburgh made the three-day passage from East Cove Military Port in the Falklands to King Edward Point on South Georgia.