Troops from 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment are on Exercise Urban Eagle as they prepare to become the British Army’s global rapid reaction force. The fortnight-long training on Salisbury Plain is designed to refresh the paratrooper’s key skills of fighting in built-up areas and dealing with public disturbances.
Urban skills saw the Colchester-based soldiers start at the basics of clearing enemy from individual rooms, working up to company-sized operations to both defend and attack the mock village at Copehill Down building-by-building and street-by-street.
Public order drills saw the paratroopers bombarded with abuse, petrol bombs and missiles by rioters as they practised how to work together to defend each other and drive back hostile crowds.
2 PARA’s core role is to alternate with 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment as the lead unit in the Air Assault Task Force (AATF), which is ready to deploy anywhere in the world to conduct the full range of military operations. 2 PARA is training to take on the AATF role in spring 2017, with the unit’s airborne infantry bolstered by artillery, engineers, signallers, medics and logisticians from 16 Air Assault Brigade.
RAF personnel have joined their French allies to hone their skills in protecting airfields from attack in EX GLOBAL EAGLE.
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Photographer: SAC Cathy Sharples Footage: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC