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CCE completes the first phase of major regeneration of Heavy Equipment Transporters

Date: 19-Aug-2013
CCE completes the first phase of major regeneration of Heavy Equipment Transporters

FTX sub-contractors, Commercial Contract Engineers Ltd (CCE) of Rochdale has completed the regeneration of four badly damaged Oshkosh transporters used by the British Army overseas

For the man driving the latest regenerated vehicle out of the workshop, the event has special meaning. Sponsored Reservist Carl Linthwaite was in the Heavy Equipment Tractor (HET), used to move armoured vehicles when an IED damaged it in Afghanistan.

Completion of this first phase of bringing the vehicles back into service in the UK was marked by the visit of Brigadier Peter Rafferty, Head of Operational Support Programmes in MoD Defence Equipment and Support. Today (Monday 19th August) subcontractor CCE handed back the keys to Brigadier Rafferty and contractor Fasttrax.

Accepting the keys to the regenerated HET, Brigadier Rafferty said:

"A capability contract like this means the MoD gets highly-skilled drivers when and where it needs them, on operations overseas or here in the UK moving tanks to different locations when we have to have them transported.

"Sponsored reserves are highly skilled personnel who are trained to the highest standards to use the vehicles whether on public roads in the UK or when they are called up, put on military uniform and deploy to operations.

"That expertise is mirrored in the service that we have received from our supplier and its subcontractor during this regeneration. CCE have provided a highly specialised service and we are delighted to be supporting a Rochdale SME in this way."

Sponsored Army Reservist Carl Linthwaite said:

"It’s a great day being able to see this vehicle up and running again after some pretty bad IED damage. I was thankful that no one was injured when I was in the tractor as it went over the device and exploded, which is a testament to the robust construction of the vehicles and how well they are maintained."

Phil Ewbank Chairman of CCE Ltd added:

"It is really exciting to see the HETs now returning to duty with the MOD, following the work from theatre spec to use on the UK’s roads.

"CCE worked very closely with Fasttrax staff and I feel what we have achieved collectively demonstrates the benefits of public sector working in partnership with private sector contractors."

  • CCE have been at the forefront of Commercial Vehicle repairs and servicing for over 30 years and this has allowed the business to offer a "Total Service Package" all under one roof. They offer a state of the art repair facility that is a One Stop Shop for their customer’s needs covering everything from Recovery, Accident repairs, Chassis repairs, Painting & Re-livery programs and mechanical repair and servicing.

  • CCE supports Recovery Career Services, a charity funded organisation that currently works within the army helping Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) soldiers to find employment once they have left the army. They currently have one serving soldier working on a placement as a HGV paint technician. This is allowing the soldier to gain valuable experience that he may be able to then transfer in to a paid position once he discharges from the armed forces.

  • Two technicians have been key in the regeneration of the HET vehicles. Glenn Wood has been with CCE for 20 years progressing from technician to workshop manager. Russ Butler has been a mechanical technician and fabricator since leaving school so brought a wealth of experience to the CCE at CCE. Since joining us, HET has been Russ’ main type of work.

See British Army website article

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