Russ Nolan joined the Army in 1994 as an apprenticeship vehicle mechanic, on completion of his training he served as A Mech (military slang for tank mechanic) in both Germany and the UK. During this time he took part in exercises in UK, Germany, Canada and the USA. He also complete two operational tours, one in Kosovo 1999 and the other in Iraq in 2003.

Russ has always had an interest in photography, but it wasn’t until 2005 that he applied to transfer to Army photographer in the Royal Logistic Corp (RLC). On successful selection, he attended the Defence Photographers Course at Defence School of Photography at RAF Cosford. The course which is a compressed NVQ level 3 course, teaches all aspects of photography, so a service photographer can provide professional photos no matter what the situation or subject.

His first posting as a photographer was to Media Operation at HQ Land Command, here he covered the Army wherever they maybe. He deployed to Iraq again as part of the Combat Camera Team (CCT) in 2006/2007. In early 2008 he deployed to Afghanistan as part of a CCT, but this time it was as the cameraman. He returned again in 2009 as a Brigade Photographer, then again as a CCT cameraman in 2011.

His work as a photographer has been varied throughout his career from very high profile taskings to the mundane. He has been published widely in the regional, national and international press. He has also had the opportunity to photograph most members of the Royal Family and was one of only two Army photographers at Baroness Thatcher’s funeral.

 

2016 BIPP South West Awards

Winner in Wedding Classical, Merit in WeddingClassical.

2015 BIPP South West Awards

2x Merits in Press & PR

Images for BIPP South West Awards 2015

All images are Serenity Eye Photography Copyright
Images for BIPP South West Awards 2015

All images are Serenity Eye Photography Copyright

2015 Army Photographic Competition

Runner Up Professional Video

2014 BIPP South West Awards

Winner, Award Of Excellence and a Merit in Press & PR, Award Of Excellence Portrait

2013-020-659.JPG2013-020-659.JPGSoldiers from 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh (3 R WELSH) has deployed on Exercise Lion Star 3 in the Episkopi area in Cyprus.

The exercise is to test and training the infantry skills, the two week training camp also includes some adventurous training.
WMID-2013-044-382.JPGWMID-2013-044-382.JPGWest Country Army Reservists take aim with British Army’s Main Battle Tank

As their colleagues drive to work through the morning rush hour on Monday 18th November, 40 Army Reservists from the West Country will be getting ready to climb on board one of the most sophisticated and complex Armoured Fighting Vehicles in the World: the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.



On civvy street they might be mechanics, carpenters and accountants, but their other job - and other life - is as Reservists serving in The Royal Wessex Yeomanry (RWxY), the South West’s Army Reserve Cavalry Regiment.



South West media are invited to join them as they near the end of their intensive training exercise at Five Tips Range near Lulworth in Dorset.



Normally based at Squadrons in Bovington, Salisbury, Cirencester, Barnstaple & Paignton, these Reservists are spending their weekend being rigorously tested on one of the premier firing ranges in Western Europe.



Their job is to crew the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank. It’s a job that will play a vital role in military operations in the future.



By this time next year, The Royal Wessex Yeomanry will formally become the only Armoured Reinforcement unit in Britain and will be working towards fully integrating with the British Army’s three Regular armoured units; The Queen’s Royal Hussars, The King’s Royal Hussars, and The Royal Tank Regiment.



As a result, the RWxY will also become one of only a handful of Reserve units to be a part of the British Army Reactive Forces. They’ll be held at a state of higher readiness compared to other Reservists and prepared to deploy anywhere around the World to protect Britain’s interests and national security.



This challenging and exciting new role was bestowed upon the RWxY following the publication of the Government White Paper ‘Reserves in the Future Force 2020’. This document detailed the future structure of the British Army and how it will operate and the creation of a ne
LAND-2012-083-090.jpgLAND-2012-083-090.jpgEx private Michael Iddon

The Army launched phase two of its Don’t Bottle It Up campaign to stamp out the stigma associated with mental ill health on June 6th 2012. The campaign continues the efforts already made in the area of PTSD and combat stress, but also wants to bring awareness to the occupational and emotional factors that cause stress, depression and anxiety disorders. The campaign is supported by a new website: www.army.mod.uk/welfare-support/23386.aspx. which provides help and advice, as well as case studies and personal experiences from soldiers and officers all trying to break down the stigma associated with mental health so others don't suffer the way they did.
LAND-2012-040-060b.jpgLAND-2012-040-060b.jpgTHE ARGYLL AND SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS, 5th BATTALION THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF SCOTLAND (5 SCOTS) TRAIN WITH FRENCH ARMY

A French Sniper carries his Rifle over his shoulder.

Exercise BOARS HEAD was a company level live firing exercise which took place at Otterburn Training Area involving a British Army infantry company from 5 SCOTS, a unit of 16 Air Assault Brigade; and a company from 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment a unit of the French 11th Parachute Brigade.

The exercise was part of the continuing relationship between French and British Army units following the signing of the Defence and Security Co-operation Treaty by Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in November 2010.

Officer Commanding, A Company 5 SCOTS Major Neil Brown explained the rationale and purpose of the exercise:

“During November 2010, on the eve of the events that happened in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, the Prime Minister and French President signed a security cooperation treaty.

“The Prime Minister and President Sarkozy created a joint mechanism to address outside threats against the UK and France. Its purpose was to save expenditure on weapons, and to form joint expeditionary forces.

2014 Army Photographic Competition

Winner Portrait, Runner up Sports

WMID-2014-032-197.JPGWMID-2014-032-197.JPGInter-Services Swimming.

LCpl Sean Duffy HCMR gets ready for the 100m breaststroke

The competition saw the best of the Army, Royal Navy and The Royal Air Force pitted against each other.

With three competitions to compete in, Diving water polo and the swimming gala. The event took place across three day period at Aldershot garrison pool.

2013 BIPP South West Awards

Winner Merit in Landscape

2012 Army Photographic Competition

Winner Multimedia 

2012 Army Photographic Competition

Winner (Professional) Army Portrait

LAND-2012-060-027.JPGLAND-2012-060-027.JPGARMY PRESS RELEASE
 
16 AIR ASSAULT BRIGADE PRACTICE AIRBORNE SKILLS

- EXERCISE JOINT WARRIOR TESTS ARMY’S ABILITY TO RESPOND -

Soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade are training to maintain their role as the British Army’s Rapid Reaction Force.

More than 1600 troops are taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior in southwest Scotland. The training is a key step in maintaining the skills necessary for the Airborne Task Force (ABTF) role, which sees the Colchester-based 16 Air Assault Brigade ready to deploy anywhere in the world at five days notice. 

The exercise scenario sees the area of West Freugh airfield representing part of an area disputed by two fictional nations named Pastonia and Dragonia, which are divided by economic and ethnic factors.

The scenario represents complex challenges for the international community requiring NATO to send a rapid intervention force to the area to create the conditions for a United Nations peacekeeping force to take control. The UK’s ABTF used a combination of parachute, air assault, and tactical air landings to rapidly insert the troops into the disputed area.

Once inserted the ABTF, based around the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS) Battle Group, continued to defend the airfield.

The battle Group also developed the airfield into a base from which several air assault operations could be launched to defeat the enemy force, create stable conditions for the population, and potentially evacuate UK civilians.

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Den-McKay, Commanding Officer 5 SCOTS explained:

“The ABTF is a light by design, powerful and highly capable taskforce, designed for operations anywhere in the world. The training to undertake this role is incredibly challenging and requires skills we have not used for some time.

“5 SCOTS feel very proud to have been part of 16 Air Assault Brigade for eight years and to have the opportunity to conduct such challenging training withi

2011 Army Photographic Competition

Winner Operational Video

2010 Regional Finalist (Cornwall) The Great British Photo

2008 Army Photographic Competition

Runner Up (Professional) Army Digital Image, Runner Up (Professional) Army Sporting Image

LAND-2008-123-330.JPGLAND-2008-123-330.JPGUrgent Operational Requirement (UOR) Equipment Demonstration

The demonstration displayed the complete range of equipment that is in use by the Army on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Involved in the display were actual soldier’s who had used the equipment in an operational environment.

The display included many new pieces of equipment like the new Ridgeback Personnel Protected Vehicle, which is a smaller version of the popular Mastiff that is already in used in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Also on the display was the new Snatch-Vixen which has upgraded axels to carry more weight in theatres, plus an armour upgrade for better mine protection. The RWMIK with its new built in armour was on display and the new Jackal, which has been deployed in Afghanistan with 16 Air Assault Brigade’s Pathfinder Platoon and the Household Calvary Regiment.

Also on display was the new command vehicle Panther, up armoured Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, the up armoured Warrior Armoured Personnel Carrier, the Bulldog Armoured personnel Carrier, the AS90 Self Propelled Gun, the Multi Launch Rocket System (MLRS), the upgraded Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) Scimitar and Spartan, Mastiff, Viking, the Challenger Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle (CRARRV) and the new Engineers Terrier Vehicle. There was also the 3 variants of the new Man Trucks on the Demonstration.
LAND-2008-003-843b.jpgLAND-2008-003-843b.jpgEx Spartan Hike

Giant Slalom

The semi finals of the Army skiing world. UK based unit compete at both Alpine and Nordic events in order to qualify for the Army finals.

The Nordic events include; 5kn Classic, 4x5km Relay, 15km Classic, 4x7.5km Biathlon relay, 10km Biathlon and a Patrol Race.

The Alpine events include; Giant Slalom, Super G, Downhill and Slalom.

The event is held at Serre Chevlier in the South of France. The teams that qualify will go onto the Army finals which takes place in the next village along. There they will compete with the teams that qualified from Ex Pipedown, which is the other half of the semi finals. The units competing there are mainly based in Germany.

2007 Army Photographic Competition

Winner Army (Professional) Photographer of the Year, Winner (Professional) Army Equipment Image, Runner Up (Professional) Army Life Image, Runner Up Best Army Overall Image

HQMND(SE)-2006-206-010.JPGHQMND(SE)-2006-206-010.JPGPrivate (Pte) Apenisa Naivalu a Sniper form the 1st Yorkshire Regiment HQMND(SE)-2006-208-381.JPGHQMND(SE)-2006-208-381.JPGSergeant (Sgt) Gostling driving his Weapons Mounted Installation Kit (WMIK) Land Drover of the Queen's Royal Lancers (QRL) on a desert patrol.

Queen’s Royal Lancers on Patrol in Maysaan Province

Soldiers of the Queen’s Royal Lancers Battle Group (QRL BG) conduct a patrol towards the Iranian border. The QRL are the resident Battle Group in Maysaan province, which lies to the north of Basra province and is one of the four provinces in the South Eastern sector of Iraq which is the responsibility of the Multinational Division.

The Queen’s Royal Lancers are equipped with Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicles and ‘WMIK’ landrovers which are ideally suited to the terrain which is largely flat, with large areas of marshland. The battle group mounts regular patrols from a Forward Operating Base (FOB), the location of which changes every few days to enhance its security. One principal focus of the Battle Group is on supporting the border police in anti-smuggling operations, stemming the flow of arms from across the border. The QRL also stand ready to support local police in other operations around the province.

The QRL BG is based on the Queen’s Royal Lancers who recruit principally in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands. The Battle Group also includes soldiers from the Royal Logistic Corps, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Royal Signals and Royal Army Medical Corps.

Notes to editors:

POC Major Charlie Burbridge, 00962 7801096100
HQMND(SE)-2006-208-595.JPGHQMND(SE)-2006-208-595.JPGThe Queen's Royal Lancers (QRL) Battlegroup receive a ammo replenishment by helicopter in the middle of the desert in Maysaan Province.

Queen’s Royal Lancers on Patrol in Maysaan Province

Soldiers of the Queen’s Royal Lancers Battle Group (QRL BG) conduct a patrol towards the Iranian border. The QRL are the resident Battle Group in Maysaan province, which lies to the north of Basra province and is one of the four provinces in the South Eastern sector of Iraq which is the responsibility of the Multinational Division.

The Queen’s Royal Lancers are equipped with Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicles and ‘WMIK’ landrovers which are ideally suited to the terrain which is largely flat, with large areas of marshland. The battle group mounts regular patrols from a Forward Operating Base (FOB), the location of which changes every few days to enhance its security. One principal focus of the Battle Group is on supporting the border police in anti-smuggling operations, stemming the flow of arms from across the border. The QRL also stand ready to support local police in other operations around the province.

The QRL BG is based on the Queen’s Royal Lancers who recruit principally in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands. The Battle Group also includes soldiers from the Royal Logistic Corps, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Royal Signals and Royal Army Medical Corps.

Notes to editors:

POC Major Charlie Burbridge, 00962 7801096100
LAND-2006-095-165.JPGLAND-2006-095-165.JPGA operation conducted by C Company, 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment. The operation was a arrest which quickly turn into a street battle, with insurgents determined not to be apprehended. After a length with the civ pop insurgents order was restored to the village.

Ex Desert Dragon 2 is final training exercise for 19 Light Brigade deploy on Op Telic 9.
HQMND(SE)-2006-208-360.JPGHQMND(SE)-2006-208-360.JPGSergeant (Sgt) Gostling of the Queen's Royal Lancers (QRL) with his Yorkie.

Queen’s Royal Lancers on Patrol in Maysaan Province

Soldiers of the Queen’s Royal Lancers Battle Group (QRL BG) conduct a patrol towards the Iranian border. The QRL are the resident Battle Group in Maysaan province, which lies to the north of Basra province and is one of the four provinces in the South Eastern sector of Iraq which is the responsibility of the Multinational Division.

The Queen’s Royal Lancers are equipped with Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicles and ‘WMIK’ landrovers which are ideally suited to the terrain which is largely flat, with large areas of marshland. The battle group mounts regular patrols from a Forward Operating Base (FOB), the location of which changes every few days to enhance its security. One principal focus of the Battle Group is on supporting the border police in anti-smuggling operations, stemming the flow of arms from across the border. The QRL also stand ready to support local police in other operations around the province.

The QRL BG is based on the Queen’s Royal Lancers who recruit principally in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands. The Battle Group also includes soldiers from the Royal Logistic Corps, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Royal Signals and Royal Army Medical Corps.

Notes to editors:

POC Major Charlie Burbridge, 00962 7801096100
HQMND(SE)-2006-222-281.JPGHQMND(SE)-2006-222-281.JPGThe explosion that destroyed the Al Jameat Police Station in Basrah on Christmas Day 2006.

Photographs by: Cpl Russ Nolan RLC
LAND-2006-070-102.JPGLAND-2006-070-102.JPGMembers of C Company 2nd Light Infantry being air lifted by Chinook forward to Lebanon on OP HIGHBROW.

Troops from C Company, 2LI, deploy to Beirut by Chinook helicopter on Operation Highbrow. C Company forms the lead Company Group of the Spearhead Land Element, based on the 2 LI Battlegroup. Two platoons of the company were airlifted forward on 19 July 06 to provide assistance with the departure of entitled persons from Lebanon. C Company would be marshalling and providing general coordination and control ashore. Weapons were bundled to help maintain an unaggressive posture.


The operation to assist with the departure of British Citizens and other entitled persons is a result of a conflict involving Israel and elements of the Hizbollah group based in Southern Lebanon. Israel’s response to Hizbollah’s rocket attacks on Israeli towns has involved civilian casualties in some Lebanese towns. European governments, including Britain, have offered their citizens help to flee the country. The first shipload of British passport holders were taken to Cyprus aboard HMS Gloucester on 19 July 06 and all departed Cyprus by charter jet the same evening.