Up to my neck in water in the jungles of Brunei with the The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

February 02, 2016  •  8 Comments

Recently I went to Brunei to cover 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers whilst they were on EXERCISE ULA RAJAH. 

This is how it went and what I got up to. 

I was travelling with out team leader for the trip Captain Rich Williams who works at HQ Land in Andover as a team leader for one of the Combat Camera Teams (CCT) there. We were to be joined by Sgt Gary Kendall a few days later on the Saturday. We left Heathrow Terminal 4 on the Thursday ready for the 18 hours of travel to our final destination. 
 

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After a long flight, a stop off in Dubai and another hours drive to the camp we were staying at we made it to Sittang Camp in Tuttong, Brunei. We would be working from this camp for the next 16 days. Going into the jungle everyday to cover the guys out in the trees.
a paper sign saying Combat Camera team Combat camera TeamY Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

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Our first task was just a bit of a recce to see what we were up against. We tucked our trousers into our jungle boots, whacked on a lot of mosquito repellant and jumped into the Hilux for the 20 minute drive to the edge of the jungle.

 

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We spent the next couple of days covering a few survival lessons. The Jungle warfare instructors were teaching the troops about survival in the jungle from what they can and cant eat or touch. The light was lovely and warm in the jungle clearing giving some nice colours. Other times I struggled with the wight balance due to there being so much green around. The camera was adding too much magenta in Auto WB. I always shoot in raw so it was an easy fix after in Lightroom.

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 You cant get fresh coconut water like this in the UK

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 You had to eat the tail end of the ant and spit its head away.  

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 Termites for a few extra calories to your dinner.

 

The next stage was learning how to start fire using different methods, then killing and cooking your food. Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 Using fire steel and a striker to set a coconut husk alight. 

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 The Jungle Warfare instructor blowing the coconut husk to get it going.

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

A jungle warfare instructor talks about the different types of wood suitable for fire. 

 

These next few images are graphic so if your squeamish scroll past!

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 How to gut a fish

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 Killing, skinning and gutting a chicken

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 The slaughter, hanging and skinning of a goat ready to be cooked and eaten. 

 

After all this is was time to eat!

On the menu was Goat, chicken, red Snapper, some small unkown fish, rice in bamboo, Ubi Kayu (a root vegetable like sweet potato) and regular potatoes.  Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016 Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016    The selection of meats and veg cooked over an open fire in the jungle.

 

After spending 3 nights in the trees it was time for the troops to come back into camp for a few days of 'admin'. I went over to where they were staying to get some photos of them turning their kit around.

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Rifle cleaning is the first port of call when coming back in off the ground. Once you have cleaned your weapon you can make a start on cleaning yourself!

 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
This is where the guys were sleeping when not in the jungle.

 

 

Up nice and early for this tasking. We got up before hand and went for our own run down the beach whilst it was still dark. By the time we came back Y coy were ready to set off to do their own PT on the beach. I grabbed my long lens and got involved. 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
The water was pretty warm and I struggled to keep my camera above the waves sometimes! This D4 has had its fair share of water though.

 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
A bit of wrestling in the sand. 

 

The guys spent one more night in real beds then it was back into the trees for 9 days straight. 3 days going through patrolling methods, 3 days practicing Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and 3 days doing Close Target Reconnaissance  (CTR)

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
The cam cream had to be thick enough so it would not be removed by the sweat quickly 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
The amount of kit carried when out on the ground. Roughly 25kg 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

A quick tab before heading off. 

 

We spent the next few days going in and out of the jungle covering the guys working. This next set of images are from the live firing phase.

I also helped Gaz with his video acting as his second shooter for a small piece he did.

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Ammo being loaded into magazines.

 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Moving into the 'jungle lanes'

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
This is the new Virtus body armour and helmet.  

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

It can be a struggle to make live ranges seem exciting due to the safety aspects involved. You have to make sure you are not on the front end of a rifle at any point. This leads to most of the shots being 'over the shoulder'

We didn't get to see the patrolling or CTR phase as we where pretty busy with the live firing still and video.

 

I did get a few portraits and some general shots of the goings on in the trees 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Anyone guess what these are used for?

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
The guys hand washed their clothes when they could 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Mushrooms grew in the oddest of places.

 

  Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

Lizard feet 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

A soldier attached from the REME tucks into some instant noodles

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

The Padre who also got involved in the exercise chats to some of the guys after coming off the ranges

 

 

The next task was just to get out and capture what else was going on in the trees. We travelled to a few different locations. While Gaz was doing his video thing I took a few more shots. 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Prickly heat can be a problem in the jungle. Especially when only having two sets of uniform to wear. Your wet kit to wear in the day and dry kit to wear in your hammock. 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
​A section commander gives orders before setting off on a patrol 

 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
A few shots of the type of terrain and landscape out there. 

 

This was a great little extra number I wanted to capture out there. I was determined to get some photos of a river crossing. I had not seen an up to date one and thought this would be a great opportunity to get it! One of the fusiliers had came across a suitable river that was just the right depth to do it in. It was about 5K's away from our location. We grabbed our kit and went down there. 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

©Timothy Jones http://www.jonesmrjones.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/jonesmrjones.co.uk ©Timothy Jones http://www.jonesmrjones.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/jonesmrjones.co.uk Here are a few shots of me at work. Another outing trying to keep the D4 out of the water!

 

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

Some of the guys stripped off and went for a dip after we had finished in the water. 

 

 

Another day and another pretty groovy task! This time we were speeding up and down the river outside of camp with the Royal Ghurka Engineers.

Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016
Y Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, are conducting jungle warfare training in Brunei, learning to live, survive and fight in this unique training environment.



Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC; Crown Copyright 2016

 

Thats about it for the Military side of things in Brunei. Keep an eye out for a blog post about our day trip to the capitol and another about the 35mm film I shot out there.

All else I can say is that I loved it out there. We did some great work and the unit were great to work with. The country itself was amazing and I would love to go back there one day in either a military or civvie context.
 

Thanks for reading and Stay Safe.

 

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Comments

8.heat bumps(non-registered)
You giving us such a great and nice articles they very useful and help us I am excited about your tips and ways they very amazing thanks for sharing the best posts I like them a lot you made it well and interesting one thank you
7.Skye Roslan(non-registered)
I miss the jungle in Brunei. The photos reminds me a lot of it. And awesome shots u got!
6.Adrian(non-registered)
from the previous comment. I meant DIDN'T get leeches. My bad
5.Adrian(non-registered)
Lovely pics! Brings back memories of my time in Brunei many moons ago. Quite surprised the lads who jumped into the pond did get an leeches. Those would have made excellent shots too! LOL!
4.Patrick(non-registered)
Nice pics
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