See British troops’ daring parachute jump to celebrate links with France

Paratroopers come in to land at Mont St Michel Picture: Jonathan Lee van Zyl

Paratroopers come in to land at Mont St Michel Picture: Jonathan Lee van Zyl - Credit: Sgt Jonathan Lee van Zyl

Paratroopers celebrated strong bonds with their French counterparts with a parachute jump in Normandy.

Paratroopers come in to land at Mont St Michel Picture: Jonathan Lee van Zyl

Paratroopers come in to land at Mont St Michel Picture: Jonathan Lee van Zyl - Credit: Sgt Jonathan Lee van Zyl

More than 350 troops from Colchester-based 16 Air Assault Brigade and 11e Brigade Parachutiste jumped onto fields near Mont St Michel in Normandy on Friday, September 28.

St Micheal – St Michel in French – is considered the patron saint of paratroopers and the island monastery was the perfect backdrop for an airborne celebration.

An RAF C130 Hercules took off from RAF Brize Norton to drop a mixed load of 50 British and French paratroopers into France, with French paratroopers jumping from C160 Transall and Casa CN-235 transport aircraft in a number of waves across the day.

Lance Corporal Sean Bowden, of 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment, said after the jump: “It was a great jump, the air was very still and I had an amazing view of Mont St Michel on the way down - the ground was quite hard and dry to land on though.

Paratroopers come in to land at Mont St Michel Picture: Jonathan Lee van Zyl

Paratroopers come in to land at Mont St Michel Picture: Jonathan Lee van Zyl - Credit: Sgt Jonathan Lee van Zyl


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“Today is about celebrating our partnership with the French – we’re all paratroopers with similar roles, training and experiences and we work together very well.”

Paratroopers come in to land at Mont St Michel Picture: Jonathan Lee van Zyl

Paratroopers come in to land at Mont St Michel Picture: Jonathan Lee van Zyl - Credit: Sgt Jonathan Lee van Zyl

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