What is the Combat Support Boat (CSB) Trailer Operator Driver Course?

Aim of the Course

This course enables students to learn how to launch and recover using a Combat Support Boat (CSB) 76ft long trailer following and executing vehicle operating procedures and Health & Safety procedures. The course is assessed throughout both theoretically and practically.

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Phase 3 (STT) personnel – must be minimum rank Substantive OR-3 serving in RE and RLC units equipped with CSB Transporting Trailers in order to attend the follow on Instructors course.
  • Civilian Instructional Staff are entitled to attend.
  • Must hold a GB issued photocard driving licence with a minimum full category C+E entitlement or national equivalent.
  • Must have completed Defence General Service Driver (DGSD) Module 1, or national equivalent.
  • RE Unit – Driver Class 1, Iveco Trakker vehicle SLDT (self loading dump truck)/ DTM (dump truck medium) Driver/Operator trained.
  • RLC Unit – Driver Class 1, (vehicle Towing Platform tbc) Driver/Operator trained.


Five (5) working days, with one (1) course per year.


Defence School of Transport Leconfield.

Outline of Course

Students will be:

  • Introduced to the CSB Trailer.
  • Required to operate the CSB.
  • Required to provide maintenance to Level 1 standard.
  • Coupling/Uncoupling Procedures.
  • Drive with a CSB Trailer.
  • Launch a CSB from the Trailer.
  • Recovery of a CSB to the Trailer.
  • Follow Hydraulic, Health & Safety operating procedures.

Personal Protection Equipment is issued for the duration of the course.

Qualifications Gained

CSB Trailer Operator Competency.


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