British Paratroopers have practised a mission that could come off the pages of their proud history as they prepare for future operations around the world.
C Company, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment recently carried out an airborne assault on Salisbury Plain as part of Exercise WESSEX STORM.
Some 100 paratroopers jumped from two RAF C-130J Hercules flying at 800 foot onto the Fox Covert drop zone. The Colchester-based troops jumped in Overhead Assault Mode, wearing body armour and webbing with weapons and daysacks strapped to their legs.
The British Army’s rapid reaction force has jumped into Kenya to begin six-weeks of training in an operation known as Exercise ASKARI STORM.
Troops from the 2 PARA Battlegroup parachuted from an RAF C130J Hercules onto the dusty plains of the Archers Post training area.
The 1,200-strong battlegroup that has deployed to Kenya is built around the airborne infantry of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment bolstered by artillery, engineers, medics, military police, signallers, intelligence specialists and logisticians from 16 Air Assault Brigade.
Paratroopers from 16 Air Assault Brigade have been working alongside their Polish counterparts as they train together on a NATO exercise in Poland to practice capturing bridges.
Exercise Anakonda has seen A Company, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (A Coy, 3 PARA) work with the Polish 16th Airborne Battalion, 16 Battalion Powietrznodesantowy. The troops have planned and carried out missions side by side, to improve their understanding of the similarities and differences between them so that they are better prepared to operate together.
Paratroopers are seen from the air after exiting from a CH-47 helicopter during “Leapfest XXXI” on Aug. 4, 2014. Leapfest is an Airborne parachute competition sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard to promote high level technical training within the International Airborne community.
U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Horace Murray, 982nd Combat Camera Company (Airborne).
Paratroopers from 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry jump out of a CC-130J Hercules aircraft during an airborne insertion into the Oleszno training area of Poland as part of NATO reassurance exercises on July 11, 2014.
Photo: Sgt Bern LeBlanc, Canadian Army Public Affairs