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Essex paratroopers ready to peacekeep in Bosnia if needed

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 November 2017

Colchester's paratroopers train for possible peacekeeping missions in Bosnia. Picture: Colchester Garrison

Colchester's paratroopers train for possible peacekeeping missions in Bosnia. Picture: Colchester Garrison

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Paratroopers from Essex have been training to support the future peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia .

Paratroopers may be required to help if the situation in Bosnia deteriorates in the future: Picture: Colchester GarrisonParatroopers may be required to help if the situation in Bosnia deteriorates in the future: Picture: Colchester Garrison

Members of the 2nd Batttalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA), who are based at the Colchester Garrison, have been put through their paces in Kent, practising public order and patrolling.

European Union Force peacekeepers have been in the region for over 20 years and are now helping Bosnia’s forces to keep peace. 2 PARA will step in if needed in an operation known as ELGIN.

Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Mann, Commanding Officer of Colchester-based 2 PARA, said: “As a high readiness unit that is experienced in working alongside multinational partners,

“Operation ELGIN is a natural fit for 2 PARA. We are trained and ready to deploy to Bosnia if called on, and I am confident that the skills, maturity and flexibility of our paratroopers will stand us in good stead.”

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