Transporting the British Army by road, rail, air and sea
In Nov. 2018, a British-led NATO Multinational Brigade composed of 2,500 personnel moved into position to counter an enemy advancing through the mountains of central Norway.
While on this occasion an exercise with the enemy force formed of friendly troops from NATO member Norway, this valuable Live Exercise demonstrated the ability of NATO to defend itself in an Article 5 scenario – when an attack on one is an attack on all. The Live Exercise formed one component of Exercise Trident Juncture 2018, NATO’s largest collective defence exercise in more than a decade, involving 150 aircraft, 10,000 vehicles and 40,000 participants.
That Exercise Trident Juncture was able to take place is a reminder of the importance of logistics, the ability to get troops and materiels to the right place at exactly the right time. It is an important capability of the British Army that Team Leidos is proud to support.
Preparing for deployment
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.
With the support of Team Leidos, 1,600 British troops and 1,000 vehicles were able to rapidly move 2,500 kilometres to Norway by road, rail, air and sea ahead of Exercise Trident Juncture.
The move put the logistical capabilities developed through the LCST contract to the test, requiring hundreds of tonnes of food, fuel and other equipment to accompany the troops at every stage in the deployment.
Following months of collaborative planning with the MOD, Team Leidos organised the delivery of defence materiels from the £83 million Defence Fulfilment Centre (DFC) at MOD Donnington to RAF Brize Norton, Marchwood Military Port and individual unit locations around the U.K. as the force prepared for deployment.
1000 vehicles moved into position in five days with the first European rail move in over a decade
The deployment phase of Exercise Trident Juncture even saw the U.K. military make one of its first major uses of the European rail network in more than a decade, with Team Leidos contracting GB Railfreight to move armoured vehicles by train through the Channel Tunnel and through France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and on to Sweden.
The rail phase saw two train loads of vehicles loaded and underway exactly on schedule. The trains were routed effectively through some of Europe’s most congested railways, arriving on time and in complete coordination with similar trains from other NATO members. With British vehicles successfully unloaded at the small railhead at Elverum, the move marked the return of an important logistical capability for the British Armed Forces, with new experience developed across both Team Leidos and the MOD.
The road phase of the deployment tested the logistical capabilities set up through LSCT to supply a military force operating on the move. Team Leidos scheduled deliveries of fuel and supplies to the Convoy Support Centres rapidly established along the route which stretched across six countries and 2,500 kilometres. The six separate columns established by the Royal Irish Battlegroup for the road move completed the journey in five days, delivering a range of vehicles including the Foxhound, Husky and a range of logistical support vehicles to the exercise area.
At the completion of Exercise Trident Juncture, Team Leidos worked with the MOD on redeployment, returning vehicles to unit locations in the United Kingdom and unused supply materiels to MOD Donnington, ready for the U.K. military’s next deployment.
Delivering supplies and materiels when and where the Armed forces need them
Exercise Trident Juncture demonstrated the U.K. military’s ability to rapidly respond to a threat facing a fellow NATO member. It put the logistical capabilities developed through LCST to the test. Team Leidos delivered, and through LCST opened the complicated move to a much wider supplier base – providing the best solution and delivering significant savings to the U.K. taxpayer.