Photographer: Corporal Steve Blake RLC (Phot) Army Reserve medics from across the North of England have been training with their colleagues from the US Marines in sun drenched California. Around 200 soldiers from 201 (Newcastle) and 208 (Liverpool) Field Hospitals travelled to San Diego where they were put through their paces in an exercise designed to test how they performed in their new post-Afghanistan role. In recent years Field Hospital training has revolved around the purpose built British military hospital at Camp Bastion, but is now returning to its original role of treating the sick and injured under canvas, at short notice anywhere in the world. In civilian life most of the Reservists work for the NHS in roles as varied as dental nurses, physiotherapists and anaesthetists – each bringing valuable specialist skills and experience to the Army Medical Service. Exercise Integrated Serpent was run by the two Reserve units in conjunction with staff at the US Naval Expeditionary Medical Training Institute at Camp Pendleton, San Diego. NOTE TO DESKS: MoD release authorised handout images. All images remain crown copyright. Photo credit to read – Corporal Steve Blake RLC (Phot)

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