UK and NATO allies tested cooperation in the field
The British airborne forces are completing a series of exercises to test their ability to fight alongside mechanized infantry from key European and NATO allies.
A British and an Estonian soldier work together during Exercise Joint Warrior on the Salisbury Plain Training Area. (Picture source: UK MoD)
16 Air Assault Brigade deployed in command of a highly capable multinational force on the two-week long (20th Apr to 5th May 18) Exercise Joint Warrior on Salisbury Plain. The force was made up of the 3 Para Battlegroup - built around the airborne infantry of 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment bolstered by artillery, engineers, medics, signallers and logisticians,
the Danish Army’s II Panserinfanteribataljon Jydske Dragonregiment (2 JDR), a mechanised infantry battlegroup including Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian and Swedish troops; and Aviation Task Force 1, commanded by 4 Regiment Army Air Corps with Apache attack helicopters, Wildcat utility helicopters and RAF Chinook and Puma 2 transport helicopters.
Across the exercise, the force practiced using the air manoeuvre capabilities of 3 Para and ATF-1 to support and enable 2 JDR operations on the ground.