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Suffolk sappers take part in live fire attack training exercises

14:15 29 January 2016

Airborne sappers of 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment sharpened their soldiering skills on a demanding battle camp in South Wales. Photo by Corporal Andy Reddy.

Airborne sappers of 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment sharpened their soldiering skills on a demanding battle camp in South Wales. Photo by Corporal Andy Reddy.

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Suffolk soldiers sharpened their skills on a demanding battle camp in South Wales.

Airborne sappers of 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment sharpened their soldiering skills on a demanding battle camp in South Wales. Photo by Corporal Andy Reddy.Airborne sappers of 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment sharpened their soldiering skills on a demanding battle camp in South Wales. Photo by Corporal Andy Reddy.

Exercise Eagles Battle saw the Woodbridge-based 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment test infantry skills alongside their core role supporting the army’s rapid reaction force, 16 Air Assault Brigade.

Training at Sennybridge included rural and urban live fire attacks by day and night.

Lieutenant Ross Parry said: “Live fire tactical training is an important step to prepare our sappers to serve as part of a very high readiness force. As airborne troops we could find ourselves operating at reach with minimal support, meaning we have to rely on ourselves. Our soldiers have to be more robust, flexible and comfortable in the range of skills and abilities they have to deal with whatever situation they face on the ground.”

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