Gallery: Colchester-based paratroopers practise urban fighting in a week-long training exercise
- Credit: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC
Paratroopers at Colchester Garrison honed their urban combat skills during a week-long training mission.
Exercise Urban Eagle saw roops from 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) support an ally tackling an insurgency backed by a hostile neighbour.
The training, at the STANTA ranges in Norfolk, saw attacks on the mock village at Eastmere clearing out enemy fighters building-by-building.
They also faced simulated chemical attacks, caused either deliberately or through damage to industrial buildings and riots.
Major Mark Swann, Officer Commanding C (Bruneval) Company, 2 PARA, said: “We are held ready to deploy on operations at very short notice, and need to have the skills and flexibility to conduct the full spectrum of military activity in any environment.
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“This exercise is about refreshing and confirming our skills to fight both in urban areas and deal with CBRN, which add extra complexities to operations.”
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