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
Leapfest is an airborne parachute competition sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard to promote high level technical training within the international airborne community.
The Familiarization Jumps conducted on Tuesday 29 July 2014 provided the international paratroopers an opportunity to learn about the procedures and equipment used by U.S. Airborne Soldiers.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rocco Caputo, assigned to the 56th Troop Command, Rigger Section, talks to a group of British and New Zealand paratroopers about the MC-6 parachute during Leapfest Airborne Competition July 29, 2014, in West Kingston, R.I. Leapfest is an airborne parachute competition sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard to promote high level technical training within the international airborne community.
Staff Sgt. Caputo talks to a group of British paratroopers.
Two Italian paratroopers assist one another as they put on the MC-6 parachute for a Familiarization Jump.
Staff Sgt. Justin Kelley, assigned to Charlie Company, 1/143rd Infantry (Airborne), assists two German paratroopers.
Two New Zealand paratroopers prepare to ‘cute up for their Familiarization Jump.
Two Canadian and two South African paratroopers rig their MC-6 parachutes.
Sgt. Mike Lessing, assigned to the 165th Quartermaster, Detachment 1, assists an Australian paratrooper.
LEAPFEST XXXI officially kicks off Saturday morning, 02 August 2014 – I will once again be on site to bring you a report and loads of photos.
All photos above by Sgt. Austin Berner, U.S. Army