Colchester: Troops join allies on major exercise

Corporal (Cpl) Brian MacDougall, 33, of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment liases with Corporal Chief (CC

Corporal (Cpl) Brian MacDougall, 33, of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment liases with Corporal Chief (CCH) Julien Heusch of1 Regiment Chasseurs Parachutistes during the loading of British and French vehicles and equipment bound for Scotland to be used on Exercise Joint Warrior. The British ArmyÕs rapid reaction force is getting ready to join the largest military exercise in Europe by air and sea. As part of Exercise Joint Warrior, 16 Air Assault Brigade is testing the transport and logistical procedures required to deploy on operations anywhere in the world at short notice. The 1,800 troops that make up the Air Assault Task Force (AATF) are being mobilised to be ready to fly into action by parachute and helicopter at West Freugh, near Stanrear in Scotland, on Thursday (25 Apr). The AATF will also include some 300 soldiers from the French 11e Brigade Parachutiste (11e BP). The two brigades are at the forefront of closer military co-operation between Britain and France and have trained together to develop the I - Credit: Cpl Obi Igbo

THE British Army’s rapid reaction force is preparing to join the largest military exercise in Europe by air and sea.

As part of Exercise Joint Warrior, Colchester-based 16 Air Assault Brigade is testing the transport and logistical procedures required to deploy on operations anywhere in the world at short notice.

The 1,300-strong Air Assault Task Force (AATF) was mobilised to be ready to fly into action by parachute and helicopter at West Freugh, near Stanraer in Scotland, yesterday.

Major Nick Galle, who is in charge of logistic planning, said: “It is important to test the practical elements of moving troops and equipment at short notice and getting them ready to depart by air or sea for where they are needed.

“By rehearsing these moves now, we will be better prepared if we are called on to do it for real.”


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The AATF will be joined by around 300 soldiers from the French 11e Brigade Parachutist (11e BP).

The two brigades are at the forefront of closer military cooperation between Britain and France and have trained together to develop the Intermediate Combined Joint Expeditionary Force.

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Joint Warrior tests the readiness for contingency operations ranging from disaster relief to war fighting.

As well as checking around 300 vehicles and booking soldiers in, logistics specialists practised moving kit by sea.

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