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Day Two At 12th Annual Warrior Competition

If only we could show their faces you would see the pain of the SHADENFRUDE - and these guys are Jordan's elite QRF who are used to the conditions [© Bob Morrison]

Day Two at 12th Annual Warrior Competition in Jordan saw the forty teams attempting first the SHADENFRUDE and then the LOMAH RELAY, reports Bob Morrison.


First of all for those readers who have been following my scribblings from KASOTC (King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center) it was the Jordanian Royal Guard Team 2 who won the opening TOP SHOT event on Sunday.

The SHADENFRUDE commened at 06:00 with the first of many long steep climbs of the morning and the only one on a proper road [© Bob Morrison]
On a rough track between two deep quarries one of the DS, in red shirt, comes to the assitance of a minor casualty ~ to say the terrain at KASOTC is challenging woul not be an understatement [© Bob Morrison]
The last leg of the SHADENFRUDE involved a stretcher carry and by now the hot sun had started to make conditions even more difficult ~ this is one of two Czech teams [© Bob Morrison]
Every daysack was loaded with a sandbag in addition to the other basic gear that needed to carried
[© Bob Morrison]

Today commenced with the SHADENFRUDE, an absolute ball-breaker of an event which saw two hundred SpecOps contestants in five-man teams slogging and climbing for three hours or more across almost every available track at KASOTC. In addition to making their way as fast as possible between various checkpoints wearing or carrying body armour, helmet and weapon plus a daysack, into which some nice gentlemen in red shirts kindly insisted that a full sandbag be deposited at the start of the event, which could be weighed at any point around the course or at the finish, an additional challenge was sprung at the last waypoint. From here until the end one of the five guys and his sandbag had to be carried in a nylon lightweight stretcher (aka a litter) by his buddies. Once chosen, the casualty could not be swapped and he could only be carried on the stretcher. Possibly unsurprisingly, only three teams completed the full course inside the allotted three hours and it was those who were best at reading the terrain who beat the clock.

Closely watched by Directing Staff, Greek SPTG shooters tag during the LOMAH Relay event on the 300 metre range [© Bob Morrison]
A German Para from 3. FschJgRgt 26, an SOC Ranger unit, successfully hits the nearest of five green individual targets in the upper right quadrant [© Bob Morrison]
After Action Review for the German SOC Paras ~ their Team Leader (in hat) would have been able to raise any concerns or isues at this point before his guys left the range [© Bob Morrison]

After a short refreshments break the teams then participated in the F300 4 LOMAH Relay event, to use its full title, which was an assault rifle and sniper rifle competition on the 300 metre range. Each team member in turn had to sprint to a firing position, load an assault rifle with a magazine containing five rounds, engage five electronic targets at increasing ranges, then sprint back to tag the next in line. Once all five had taken their individual shots the team had to sprint to five more firing pits where they had previously left their personal weapon (watched over by one of the Directing Staff of course) load another five rounds and simultaneously engage twenty five more targets at long range. Once again this event was against the clock and teamwork played a major part.

The Carabineros de Chile SpecOps team after the LOMAH Relay event [© Bob Morrison]
One of the two KSA Army teams after the LOMAH Relay event ~ the Saudi Royal Guard also have a team
[© Bob Morrison]

If all goes to plan I hope to bring today’s results tomorrow evening, but first of all the SNIPER EXTREME and ASYLUM events await us…..


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