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This was a military operation.

Crows Nest were honoured to film with 105 Regiment on a live firing exercise this weekend.  Captain Carney has been out on manoeuvres with the British Army at Warcop Training Area in the Lake District.  We were invited by Capt. M. Burton to shoot personnel including Sgt. 'Mitch' Mitchell (pictured) and to document their training with the light gun.  Gunners from the 105th Regiment were training with the L118, a light gun with incredible power and manoeuvrability.  The Royal Artillery provides firepower to the British Army and has been in almost every battle for 300 years.  Ubique Quo Fas Et Gloria Ducunt - Everywhere that right and glory lead. 

The L118 is a towed Howitzer and has been used by the British Army since the mid 1970's.  It is also the one o'clock gun fired daily by a volunteer District Gunner at Edinburgh Castle.  It can fire High Explosives, smoke, illuminating and target marking rounds as needed, inserted into a vertical sliding breech.  The weapon system was designed as a modern replacement for various outgoing types and intended to provide British Army units with a capable, lightweight and hard-hitting field gun that could be towed by vehicle or airlifted by transport aircraft (fixed-wing and rotary types) while also being light enough to be moved into position by its crew. The weapon has since seen extensive action in the Western Sahara War, the Falklands War, the Yugoslav Wars, the Sierra Leone Civil War and - most recently - the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 

A gunnery crew is typically made up of six personnel though a minimum crew of four is acceptable to manage the firing function. One specialist handles the firing action proper while another operates the breech mechanism. Two persons manage the projectile and charge loading/reloading process while a further two personnel can assist as needed or guard the perimeter against potential incoming enemies.