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Operational Records & Names Selector

Introduction

This document serves three functions:

  • To provide a full record of all operations ever undertaken by the 51st Regiment.

  • To provide the mechanism for the selection of distinctively British Flight Operation names.

  • To show how to assemble and read an Operational Reference.

Operational Types

The Corps conducts three broad types of operation, each covered by the award of a specific service medal as indicated:

  • Flight: These are combat operations conducted out of the Regimental base, during which off-world missions are flown.
    Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal (AFESM)

  • Support: These are non-combat operations conducted out of the Regimental base, during which no off-world missions are flown.
    Armed Forces Service Medal (AFSM)

  • Combat Readiness Exercises: non-combat operations These are field exercises not conducted from within the comfort of the Regimental base.
    Combat Readiness Medal (CRM)

"combat" here means actual warfighting against a hostile enemy with extreme risk to property, life and limb.
"non-combat" here means training and other actions, not involving direct combat with the enemy, and consequentially a reduced risk of loss, injury or death.

The Naming of Operations

Only Flight Operations, that is those that contain actual off-world missions are accorded a name, which is normally selected at the annual intelligence conference, or at the end of the current Tour (calendar year), usually during the last operation, time permitting.

The naming convention for operations conducted from RGHQ-51 here in the UK is to use the title of battles or sieges fought upon British soil. Table 4 lists the names of available events (white background), and those that have already been used (greyed out). To the right of each is the year(s) that the historical action(s) took place, followed in the case of used names, by the CON number and operational date.

Table 2 is a complete record of all operations ever conducted by the Regiment, arranged in chronological order, detailing CON number, type/number, and date. As an aid year headings are included.

Table 3 is an alphabetical record of the names of all Flight Operations, complete with their CON number and date.

Operational Reference Tag Construction

With the exception of Flight operations which can be referred to just by their name, they and all others, use an Operational Reference or Op.Ref., this is the string of characters used to identify and describe any given operation. See Table 1 below for the elements used.

The OpRef always begins with the CON number, made up of the word CON for CONTACT, a hyphon for readability, and 3 digits, for example: "CON-099". To this a series of suffixes are appended to transmit more information about the event.

The suffixes are composed of 1~3 letters, a hash mark, and 2 numbers, the latter serving as a counter for the type. The exception is the CRE tag, which has 6 letters, separated by a hyphon, a hash mark, and 2 digits, see Table 1.

The hash mark may seem unnecessary, however in a text rich with abbreviations, their presence helps identify the string as an Operational Reference.

The suffixes are just stacked one after another, separated by a slash "/", ideally in order of importance to the operation, with the exception of the optional asterisk, which always comes last.

The asterisk is added at the very end to denote a Flight Operation when its name is not known, or omitted for any reason, such as in 201 Personnel Files or the Awards Granted pages, where Op. names would simply take up too much space.

Table 1: Operational Reference Elements

TBA = To Be Advised/Added: to be read as appropriate to context.

* Any CON number string ending with an asterisk, marks it as a Flight Operation, that is one with a name. Only used when the operational name is unknown or being omitted altogether from the text.
Example: CON-098RD#11C#10*
BP#00 Marks a Support operation known as a Battle Practise, during which major military exercises are conducted. The numbers serve as a counter for the type.
Example: CON-001BP#01
C#00 Marks any type of operation during which a major conference is conducted. The numbers serve as a counter for the type.
Example: CON-030C#01
CON-000 The basic element, denoting any kind of CONTACT operation. An asterisk marks it as a combat operation, see above.
Examples: CON-099 Op.ASHDOWN or CON-099*
CRE

CRE-WHX#00

Marks the operation as a Combat Readiness Exercise. To distinguish British exercises from those of other nations, the tag is further suffixed with "-WHX#00", this numbers serves as the counter for the type, see below.
Example: CON-099CRE-WHX#01.
EIC#00 Marks any type of operation during which 12 Units of the Expert Infantry Course is taught, aka bootcamp. The numbers serve as a counter for the type. NB: events wherein less than 12 EICU are taught, are not allocated this extention.
Example: CON-054EIC#10
Op. Operation, either: Flight, Support, or Combat Readiness Exercise.
RD#00 Marks any type of operation during which a formal Regimental Dinner is held. The numbers serve as a counter for the type.
Example: CON-029RD#01
RDC#00 Marks any type of operation during which both a formal Regimental Dinner, and a major conference is held. The numbers serve as a counter for the type, but only if each type's counter registers the same number, otherwise separate digits are inserted.
Example: CON-057RDC#06, CON-098RD#11C#10.
-WHX#00 A suffix to the CRE tag to identify the exercise as one being conducted by the British Regiment of the Corps. The number serves as a counter for the type. A hyphon always separates the "CRE" and "WHX" element to help with readability.
Examples: CON-104CRE-WHX#04.
NB: As with military personnel everywhere this TLA (Three Letter Abbreviation) has attracted its own comedy definition of "Worm Hole Xtreme", a Stargate SG1 TV show reference.

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Table 2: Chronological Record

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CON-# Operational Type/Number Date
1996
CON-001 BP#01 14 JUL 96
CON-002 BP#02 01 SEP 96
CON-003 Op.HASTINGS 26-27 OCT 96
1997
CON-004 Op.SALISBURY 15 DEC 96
CON-005 Op.FLODDEN 22 MAR 97
CON-006 Op.BRISTOL 10-11 MAY 97
CON-007 Op.HALIFAX 20 JUL 97
CON-008 Op.BARNET 22-23 NOV 97
CON-009 Op.NORTHAMPTON 21 DEC 97
1998
CON-010 EIC#01 07 MAR 98
CON-011 Op.OXFORD 21-22 MAR 98
CON-012 Op.ST. ALBANS 12 APR 98
CON-013 Op.MALDEN 30-31 MAY 98
CON-014 Op.PORTSMOUTH 26 JUL 98
CON-015 Op.DOVER 20 SEP 98
CON-016 Op.WAKEFIELD 21-22 NOV 98
CON-017 Op.CASTLE HEDINGHAM 20 DEC 98
1999
CON-018 Op.CULLODEN 07 MAR 99
CON-019 EIC#02 – RGHQ-51 (first event) 09-11 APR 99
CON-020 EIC#03 15-16 MAY 99
CON-021 Op.TEWKSBURY 21-22 AUG 99
CON-022 EIC#0420-21 NOV 99
CON-023 Op.STANFORD BRIDGE 19 DEC 99
2000
CON-024 EIC#05 03-05 MAR 00
CON-025 Op.BOSWORTH 19-21 MAY 00
CON-026 EIC#06 30 JUN-02 JUL 00
CON-027 Op.TOWTON 08-10 SEP 00
CON-028 EIC#07 24-26 NOV 00
2001
CON-029 RD#01 14-15 JAN 01
CON-030 C#01 29 APR 01
CON-031 Op.MORTIMORS CROSS 27-29 JUL 01
CON-032 Op.TORRINGTON 05-07 OCT 01
CON-033 Op.NEWBURY 23-25 NOV 01
2002
CON-034 RDC#02 09-10 FEB 02
CON-035 EIC#08 09-10 MAR 02
CON-036 Op.EDGE HILL 28-30 JUN 02
CON-037 BP#03 26-28 JUL 02
CON-038 BP#04 13-15 SEP 02
CON-039 Op.WORCESTER 24-26 NOV 02
2003
CON-040 RDC#03 10-12 JAN 03
CON-041 Op.MARSTON MOOR/EIC#9 28 FEB-02 MAR 03
CON-042 BP#05 16-18 MAY 03
CON-043 Op.HEXHAM 25-27 JUL 03
CON-044 Op.STOKE 26-28 SEP 03
CON-045 Op.LONDON BRIDGE 21-23 NOV 03
2004
CON-046 RDC#04 10-11 JAN 04
CON-047 Op.SEDGEMOORE 26-28 MAR 04
CON-048 BP#06 21-23 MAY 04
CON-049 Op.BERWICK 17-19 SEP 04
CON-050 Op.HEDINGHAM 26-28 NOV 04
2005
CON-051 RDC#05 05-06 FEB 05
CON-052 Op.BANNOCKBURN 04-06 MAR 05
CON-053 Op.BADEN HILL 20-22 MAY 05
CON-054 EIC.#10 06-07 AUG 05
CON-055 Op.EDINGTON 07-09 OCT 05
CON-056 Op.STALLING DOWN 25-27 NOV 05
2006
CON-057 RDC#06 03-05 FEB 06
CON-058 Op.DUNBAR/EIC#11 24-26 MAR 06
CON-059 Medical
Conference
07-09 JUL 06
CON-060 Op.NEVILLES CROSS 04-06 AUG 06
CON-061 Op.HEDGLEY MOOR 29 SEP-01 OCT 06
CON-062 Op.SOLWAY MOSS 17-19 NOV 06
2007
CON-063 RDC#07 16-18 FEB 07
CON-064 EIC#12 30 MAR-01 APR 07
CON-065 Op.HATFIELD CHASE 15-17 JUN 07
CON-066 Op.ELLANDUN 03-05 AUG 07
CON-067 Op.HIXTON DOWN 28-30 SEP 07
CON-068 Op.WINCHESTER 16-18 NOV 07
2008
CON-069 RDC#08 15-17 FEB 08
CON-070 EIC#13 28-30 MAR 08
CON-071 BP#07 20-22 JUN 08
CON-072 Op.LOSECOAT FIELD 01-03 AUG 08
CON-073 Op.GATE FULFORD 26-28 SEP 08
CON-074 Op.ANCRUM 14-16 NOV 08
2009
CON-075 BP#08 19-21 JUN 09
CON-076 RDC#09 08-09 AUG 09
CON-077 Op.GREAT YARMOUTH 26-27 SEP 09
CON-078 BP#09 13-15 NOV 09
2010
CON-079 BP#10 20-21 FEB 10
CON-080 BP#11 17-18 APR 10
CON-081 BP#12 19-20 JUN 10
CON-082 EIC#14 14-15 AUG 10
CON-083 Op.SLAPTON SANDS 27-28 NOV 10
2011
CON-084 Op.YORK 26-27 NOV 11
2012
CON-085 BP#13 28-29 JUL 12
CON-086 Op.X TBA 24-25 NOV 12
CON-087 RD#10 (no conference) 08-09 DEC 12
2013
CON-088 Op.STIRLING BRIDGE 03-04 AUG 13
CON-089 Op.VERULAMIUM 30 NOV-01 DEC 13
2014
CON-090 Op.ROUNDWAY DOWN 22-23 MAR 14
CON-091 BP#14 27-28 SEP 14
2015
CON-092 Op.OTTERBURN 07-08 FEB 15
CON-093 Op.BEAUMARIS 06-07 JUN 15
CON-094 EIC#15 05-06 SEP 15
2016
CON-095 Op.CHESTER 19-20 MAR 16
CON-096 Op.LEWES 18-19 JUN 16
CON-097 Op.SHREWSBURY/EIC#16 24-25 SEP 16
CON-098 Op.ANGLESEY/RD#11/C#10 05-06 NOV 16
2017
CON-099 CRE-WHX#01 Summer Camp 16-18 JUN 17
CON-100 CRE-WHX#02 Autumn Camp 23-24 SEP 17
CON-101 Op.ASHDOWN/EIC#17 09-10 DEC 17
2018
CON-102 CRE-WHX#03 Winter Camp 27-28 JAN 18
CON-103 Op.BENFLEET 31 MAR - 02 APR 18
CON-104 CRE-WHX#04 Spring Camp 28-29 APR 18
CON-105 CRE-WHX#05 Summer Camp 04-05 AUG 18
CON-106 Op.STOW/EIC#18 29-30 SEP 18
CON-107 Op.HEAVENFIELD 03-04 NOV 18
CON-108 CRE-WHX#06 Autumn Camp 30 NOV - 02 DEC 18
2019
CON-109 CRE-WHX#07 Winter Camp 23-24 FEB 19
CON-110 CRE-WHX#08 Spring Camp 23-24 MAR 19
CON-111 EIC#19/RD#12 13-14 APR 19
CON-112 CRE-WHX#09 Summer Camp 11-12 MAY 19
CON-113 Op.ASHINGDON 15-16 JUN 19
CON-114 Op.PINKIE 28-29 SEP 19
CON-115 Op.WINWAED 02-03 NOV 19
CON-116 CRE-WHX#09 Autumn Camp 23-24 NOV 19
2020
CON-117 CRE-WHX#10 Winter Camp TBA 20
CON-118 Op.KILLIECRANKIE 00-00 XXX 20
CON-XXX Op. ELY 00-00 XXX 20
Other Dates TBA

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Table 3: Alphabetical Record

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Name CON-# Date
ANCRUM CON-074 14-16 NOV 08
ANGLESEY CON-098 05-06 NOV 16
ASHDOWN CON-101 09-10 DEC 17
ASHINGDON CON-113 15-16 JUN 19
BADEN HILL CON-053 20-22 MAY 05
BANNOCKBURN CON-052 04-06 MAR 05
BARNET CON-008 22-23 NOV 97
BEAUMARIS CON-093 06-07 JUN 15
BENFLEET CON-103 31 MAR - 02 APR 18
BERWICK CON-049 17-19 SEP 04
BOSWORTH CON-025 19-21 MAY 00
BRISTOL CON-006 10-11 MAY 97
CASTLE HEDINGHAM CON-017 20 DEC 98
CHESTER CON-095 19-20 MAR 16
CULLODEN CON-018 07 MAR 99
DOVER CON-015 20 SEP 98
DUNBAR/EIC#11 CON-058 24-26 MAR 06
EDGE HILL CON-036 28-30 JUN 02
EDINGTON CON-055 07-09 OCT 05
ELLANDUN CON-066 03-05 AUG 07
ELY CON-XXX 00-00 XXX 20
"FIRST STRIKE"
(aka.STANFORD BRIDGE)
CON-023 19 DEC 99
FLODDEN CON-005 22 MAR 97
GATE FULFORD CON-073 26-28 SEP 08
GREAT YARMOUTH CON-077 26-27 SEP 09
HALIFAX CON-007 20 JUL 97
HASTINGS CON-003 26-27 OCT 96
HATFIELD CHASE CON-065 15-17 JUN 07
HEAVENFIELD CON-107 03-04 NOV 18
HEDGLEY MOOR CON-061 29 SEP-01 OCT 06
HEDINGHAM CON-050 26-28 NOV 04
HEXHAM CON-043 25-27 JUL 03
HIXTON DOWN CON-067 28-30 SEP 07
KILLIECRANKIE CON-118 00 xxx 20
LEWES CON-096 18-19 JUN 16
LONDON BRIDGE CON-045 21-23 NOV 03
LOSECOAT FIELD CON-072 01-03 AUG 08
MALDEN CON-013 30-31 MAY 98
MARSTON MOOR/EIC#9 CON-041 28 FEB-02 MAR 03
MORTIMORS CROSS CON-031 27-29 JUL 01
NEVILLES CROSS CON-060 04-06 AUG 06
NEWBURY CON-033 23-25 NOV 01
NORTHAMPTON CON-009 21 DEC 97
OTTERBURN CON-092 07-08 FEB 15
OXFORD CON-011 21-22 MAR 98
PINKIE CON-114 28-29 SEP 19
PORTSMOUTH CON-014 26 JUL 98
ROUNDWAY DOWN CON-090 22-23 MAR 14
SALISBURY CON-004 15 DEC 96
SEDGEMOORE CON-047 26-28 MAR 04
SHREWSBURY CON-097 24-25 SEP 16
SLAPTON SANDS CON-083 26-27 NOV 10
SOLWAY MOSS CON-062 17-19 NOV 06
ST. ALBANS CON-012 12 APR 98
STALLING DOWN CON-056 25-27 NOV 05
STANFORD BRIDGE
(aka."FIRST STRIKE")
CON-023 19 DEC 99
STOKE
(aka."East Stoke)
CON-044 26-28 SEP 03
STOW
(aka."East Stoke)
CON-106 29-30 SEP 18
TIRLING BRIDGE CON-088 03-04 AUG 13
TEWKSBURY CON-021 21-22 AUG 99
TORRINGTON CON-032 05-07 OCT 01
TOWTON CON-027 08-10 SEP 00
VERULAMIUM CON-089 30 NOV-01 DEC 13
WAKEFIELD CON-016 21-22 NOV 98
WINCHESTER CON-068 16-18 NOV 07
WINWAED CON-115 02-03 NOV 19
WORCESTER CON-039 24-26 NOV 02
YORK CON-085 26-27 NOV 11

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Table 4: Op. Name Selector

Events in greyed out entries with block capital text have already been selected. Only those with a white background are available.

Name Date of
Battle/Siege
CON-# Date of
Operation
Aclea 851
Adwalton Moor 1643
Aldershot 892
Alford 1645
Alnwick 1093, 1174
ANCRUM 1543 CON-074 14-16 NOV 08
ANGLESEY 60, 78 CON-098 05-06 NOV 16
ASHDOWN 871 CON-101 09-10 DEC 17
ASHINGDON 1016 CON-113 15-16 JUN 19
Auldearn 1645
BADEN HILL 500 CON-053 20-22 MAY 05
Banbury 1469
BANNOCKBURN 1314 CON-052 04-06 MAR 05
BARNET 1471 CON-008 22-23 NOV 97
BEAUMARIS 1648 CON-093 06-07 JUN 15
Bedford 1224
BENFLEET 892 CON-103 31 MAR - 02 APR 18
BERWICK 1296 CON-049 17-19 SEP 04
Blore Heath 1459
Boroughbridge 1319
BOSWORTH 1485 CON-025 19-21 MAY 00
Bramham Moor 1408
Brentford 1642
BRISTOL 1645 CON-006 10-11 MAY 97
Bytham 1220
Carberry Hill 1567
Carham 1016
CASTLE HEDINGHAM 1216 CON-017 20 DEC 98
Chalgrove Field 1643
Chatham 1667
Cheriton 1644
CHESTER 616 CON-095 19-20 MAR 16
Chippenham 878
Cropredy Bridge 1644
CULLODEN 1746 CON-018 07 MAR 99
Deptford Bridge 1497
DOVER 1216, 1652 CON-015 20 SEP 98
DUNBAR/EIC#11 1292, 1650 CON-058 24-26 MAR 06
Dundalk 1318
Dunes 1658
Dungeness 1652
Dunsinane 1054
Dyrham 577
Edgecote 1468
EDGE HILL 1642 CON-036 28-30 JUN 02
EDINGTON 878 CON-055 07-09 OCT 05
ELLANDUN 825 CON-066 03-05 AUG 07
ELY 1071 CON-XXX 00-00 XXX 20
Evesham 1265
Exmoor 878
Falkirk 1297, 1746
Ferrybridge 1461
"FIRST STRIKE"
(aka.STANFORD BRIDGE)
N/A CON-023 19 DEC 99
FLODDEN 1513 CON-005 22 MAR 97
GATE FULFORD 1066 CON-073 26-28 SEP 08
Glencoe 1692
Grantham 1643
GREAT YARMOUTH 1918 CON-077 26-27 SEP 09
Halidon Hill 1332
HALIFAX ? CON-007 20 JUL 97
Hameldun Hill
aka: Hamildon Hill
aka: Holmedon Hill
aka: Homildon Hill
aka: Homilheugh Hill
aka: Humbleton Hill
1402
HASTINGS 1066 CON-003 26-27 OCT 96
HATFIELD CHASE 632 CON-065 15-17 JUN 07
Heathfield 633
HEAVENFIELD 634 CON-107 03-04 NOV 18
HEDGLEY MOOR 1464 CON-061 29 SEP-01 OCT 06
HEDINGHAM 1217 CON-050 26-28 NOV 04
HEXHAM 1464 CON-043 25-27 JUL 03
HIXTON DOWN 838 CON-067 28-30 SEP 07
Homildon Hill 1399
Hoxne 870
Inverlochy 1645
KILLIECRANKIE 1689 CON-118 00 xxx 20
Kinsale 1601
Langport 1645
Langside 1568
Lansdowne 1643
LEWES 1264 CON-096 18-19 JUN 16
Lincoln 1141, 1217
LONDON BRIDGE 1381, 1450 CON-045 21-23 NOV 03
LOSECOAT FIELD 1470 CON-072 01-03 AUG 08
Loudon Hill 1306
Lowestoft 1665
Ludford 1459
MALDEN 991 CON-013 30-31 MAY 98
Malmsbury 1153
MARSTON MOOR/EIC#9 1644 CON-041 28 FEB-02 MAR 03
Maserfield 642
Medway River 43
Methven 1298
Mons Badonicus 500
Mons Graupius 84
MORTIMORS CROSS 1461 CON-031 27-29 JUL 01
Mortlack 1010
Myton 1319
Naseby 1645
Nechtansmere 685
Nesbit Moor 1402
NEVILLES CROSS 1346 CON-060 04-06 AUG 06
Newburn 1640
NEWBURY 1643 CON-033 23-25 NOV 01
NORTHAMPTON 1460 CON-009 21 DEC 97
OTTERBURN 1388 CON-092 07-08 FEB 15
OXFORD 1645 CON-011 21-22 MAR 98
Pen 1016
Pentland Hills 1666
PINKIE 1547 CON-114 28-29 SEP 19
Portland 1653
PORTSMOUTH 1642 CON-014 26 JUL 98
Preston 1648, 1715
Prestonpans 1745
Radcot Bridge 1387
Radnor 1282, 1402
Ravenspur 1399, 1471
Reading 871
Rochester 1088
Rouen 1204
ROUNDWAY DOWN 1643 CON-090 22-23 MAR 14
Saintes 1242
SALISBURY 552 CON-004 15 DEC 96
Sandwich 1217, 1460
SEDGEMOORE 1688 CON-047 26-28 MAR 04
Selby 1644
Sevenoaks 1408
SHREWSBURY 1402 CON-097 24-25 SEP 16
Shropshire 50
SLAPTON SANDS 1944 CON-083 27-28 NOV 10
SOLWAY MOSS 1542 CON-062 17-19 NOV 06
ST. ALBANS 1455, 1460 CON-012 12 APR 98
Stainmore 954
STALLING DOWN 1403 CON-056 25-27 NOV 05
STANFORD BRIDGE
(aka."FIRST STRIKE")
1066 CON-023 19 DEC 99
STIRLING BRIDGE 1297 CON-088 03-04 AUG 13
STOKE
(aka."East Stoke)
1487 CON-044 26-28 SEP 03
STOW (Stow-on-the-Wold) 1646 CON-106 29-30 SEP 18
Stratton 1643
Tempsford 918
Tettenhall 910
TEWKSBURY 1471 CON-021 21-22 AUG 99
The Standard 1138
Tinchebray 1106
TORRINGTON 1646 CON-032 05-07 OCT 01
TOWTON 1461 CON-027 08-10 SEP 00
Turnham Green 1642
VERULAMIUM 54, 61 CON-089 30 NOV-01 DEC 13
WAKEFIELD 1460 CON-016 21-22 NOV 98
Wallingford 1153
Wilton 871
WINCHESTER 1141 CON-068 16-18 NOV 07
Winnington Bridge 1659
WINWAED 655 CON-115 02-03 NOV 19
WORCESTER 1651 CON-039 24-26 NOV 02
YORK 867 CON-085 26-27 NOV 11

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