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This will from now on be the topic I'll post any announcements in regards to unavailability due to being out in the field.

Coming up first is one in next week. Due to some last minute changes in the plan, I don't know for sure if I will be unavailable from Sunday evening, or Tuesday evening. I will in any case be busy till Friday night. Stay safe, and be nice to each other in my absence.

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Back in again. Had a heck of a good week, with enough sleep and a lot of driving training. Also, I've now discovered you truly can drift a ARV.

Buggers me I didn't bring my camera out to film it. I'll be trying to avoid doing that same mistake again.

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Back out in the field again next week. Might be from Monday, might be from Tuesday. Will be in again by Friday. On Friday, I'll be going back home and spend a couple of days with the family.

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  • 2 weeks later...

And... back in again. The number of marks on the side of the ARV displaying confirmed recoveries keep growing larger.

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Not a field excersize again yet, but don't feel for creating another thread.

From tomorrow, my activety might be quite low. Originally, this would be because I and most of the troop are going on a trip to Finland to have some fun. In which case, we'll be back late Sunday. I will bring my laptop, but can't guarantee what internet connection I might get my hands on.

Alternatively, I and the other ARV guys might be heading out into the mountains to rescue an excavator that got stuck in a marsh two days ago. Being so innacessible, and weighing as much as it does, over 40 tonnes, the army is pretty much the only ones with the capacity to actually recover it. As of now, it looks like we'll leave it there till monday. It's allready well and truly frozen stuck anyway, and the forecast shows quite warm temperatures over the weekend, which'll hopefully let some of the goo around it soften and help us a bit. Needless to say, if the weekend is spent shoveling and dragging the excavator out, I won't be on at all till it's done.

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Will be heading out for the annual NATO winter excersize next week. I'll head out on tuesday, but probably will be unavailable on monday as well. The excersize is expected to last 9-10 days. Add a couple of days for the wrapping up, and it might be a while till you see me again. Stay safe everyone.

Asper.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Welcome back! Have fun?

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Welcome back! Have fun?

Not really. Nasty food, little to no sleep, no restrooms and some nasty cases of cabin fever among the crew. But we did the tasks we were set to do, and keept the wheels of war churning.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Heading out again tomorrow. Will be gone till wednesday.

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Don't I always?

Well, I'm back again. Another day of service left before I leave for a long easter break.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Unexpected and unwelcome surprise. Not really a field excersize, but we'll be staying out in the field on standby for the tank esquadron, which will be doing some live-ammo target shooting. Leaving on monday, will be gone at least a couple of days.

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OOoooo live fire fun. XD What is yoir role anyway, asper? Been meaning to ask you.

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OOoooo live fire fun. XD What is yoir role anyway, asper? Been meaning to ask you.

ARV driver. Armoured Recovery Vehicle. I'm a tank-towtruck-driver.

Thought I'd show you the vehicle I'll be driving around in for the rest of the year. Why do the phrase: "I'm heavy weapons guy, and THIS... is my weapon." suddenly spring to mind?

Wezep_Breakthrough.jpg

Okay, quick facts. That's a Bergepanzer Mark 2, built on the German Leopard MBT chassis. It's powered by a 37.4 litre twin-supercharged V10 developing 2860 NM of peak tourque, which it needs given an empty weight of 45 tonnes. And as soon as you grow past the initial feeling of panic by driving something this big and powerful only by what little you can see trough some microscopic periscopes, you really, really start enjoying it. Trough bottomless mud, up and down hills so sandy and steep one can't climb them by foot, and trough dense woods. Accidentaly drove down a tree couple of weeks ago. Really wasn't my intention, but it was in my left blindzone, and I didn't notice anything before I see this 30 cm thick log comes crashing down in the left corner of my main periscope.

Holy crap. Be careful, yeah?

I'll try aboiding parking in front of the funny, moving boxes with them long sticks pointing out of them. Smile-2.gif

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Ohhh my bad. didn't catch that post earlier. and yea...those sticks can be quite mean. buuuut What style of tank is it? sorry I'm military fanboyying.right now.

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Hehe, It's not really a tank per se. It's built on the chassis of a Leopard 1. But instead of a turret and a gun, it's got a big crane, and the biggest winch you ever saw. Which comes in rather handy when you need to pull a stuck tank out of snow or mud.

Here's a video clip of the vehicle it's based on. It handles just about the same.

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Oh, no. I meant the tanks you are staying out with.

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Oh, no. I meant the tanks you are staying out with.

Ah, okay. That be Leopard 2A4's then.

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Thanks Reynard.

Back in again. Things were a lot better than I could have imagined on forehand, and besides chilling in the sun, we've been blasting away over 600 rounds each of machine gun ammo. especially nice was it that we got the best time taking down the pop-up targets than the Leopard 2 guys we shared the range with, and their targeting system is wastly superior than us. Using the same system as their main gun, capable of taking out targets at over 6 clicks, while ours is based on aiming trough a periscope, fire, then correct accordingly to how you missed.

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