Bringing in the big guns

Gunners, from left, Chris Parish, Callum Hawksey and Jamie Woodward
Gunners, from left, Chris Parish, Callum Hawksey and Jamie Woodward

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ARMY Reserve artillery gunners left their civilian jobs behind to take on a fictional air threat from an enemy force.

The gunners from 295 Battery Royal Artillery, which is based in Hilsea, spent the weekend training on Salisbury Plain.

They used their ground-based air defence missile systems to protect troops from the simulated threat as part of the training.

Sergeant Lloyd Gillingham, from Waterlooville, said: ‘When I left the army after 22 years I missed the life so I joined the Army Reserve’s new battery at Portsmouth.

‘I find it rewarding. I have a full-time civilian job but at the weekend I train with the reserves. The balance is right.’