Team Leidos' logistical specialists join troops on the ground in Oman
The United Kingdom’s Royal Marines hit the beach in an amphibious assault alongside their Omani colleagues in Exercise Saif Sareea 3 (Swift Sword 3).
In combination with a simultaneous exercise taking place inland involving infantry, Warrior armoured fighting vehicles and Challenger 2 main battle tanks, Exercise Saif Sareea 3 demonstrated the capability of the British military to work closely with its allies to provide security and safeguard UK prosperity in a vital part of the world.
It’s a capability that Team Leidos is proud to support through its logistical expertise. Team Leidos is a partnership led by Leidos that includes Kuehne + Nagel (KN), TVS Supply Chain Solutions and Agility, that was awarded the Ministry of Defence’s £6.7 billion Logistics, Commodities and Services Transformation (LCST) contract to modernise its logistics programme.
Equipping 5,500 troops in the field
With the support of Team Leidos, some 5,500 UK Regular and Reserve military personnel could join 60,000 of their Omani colleagues from the Sultan’s Armed Forces with the kit they needed.
Supplying a force of that size and scale in the field requires significant planning and logistical capability stretching back over six months from the moment British armour rolled forwards at the start of the exercise.
Ahead of deployment, Team Leidos organised procurement and the pick, pack and shipment of more than 40 container loads of equipment to Marchwood Military Port, and a similar number to unit locations all around the UK Meanwhile, medical supplies, protected in refrigerated containers were delivered to RAF Brize Norton for air transport to the exercise area.
Supply expertise in the world’s most challenging environments
With Exercise Saif Sareea 3 taking place at the same time as Exercise Trident Juncture 2018, it demonstrated the ability of the LCST programme to supply the UK military wherever and whenever it is operating. Troops received the kit they needed whether operating in the cold of Arctic Norway or the heat of Oman’s deserts.
For Team Leidos, Exercise Saif Sareea 3 also showcased a new capability: the ability of Team Leidos to join the UK military in the field, with a team of logistical specialists joining their MOD counterparts in Oman.
That’s because for the UK military, returning to the UK, ‘redeploying’ in a condition ready to go again is as important as the original deployment.
The embedded specialists from Team Leidos were there to ensure that the hundreds of tonnes of supplies unspent in Oman, were returned to exactly the right place, in the right warehouse, in the right depot thousands of miles away in the UK, and all while ensuring customs, environmental and shipping requirements were met.
With the return move handling everything from vehicle spare parts to clothing, Team Leidos’ deployment to Oman is just one example of the LCST contract that is supporting the MOD to save time and reduce waste through efficient logistics. Efficient logistics that are underpinning UK armed forces that are ready to protect the UK’s prosperity whenever and wherever they are needed.