Transatlantic skills swap for British and US army engineers

British and American airborne engineers worked together to develop their key skills of building and

British and American airborne engineers worked together to develop their key skills of building and repairing runways - Credit: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC

British and American airborne engineers worked together to develop skills at a Suffolk base.

The Pegasus Gaul exercise saw 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment join the US Army’s 37th Brigade Engineer Battalion and 173rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion at Rock Barracks, Woodbridge.

Soldiers studied each other’s techniques before building a temporary landing strip.

The week-long training was part of improving the 16 Air Assault Brigade and US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division’s ability to deploy as a joint force in international crises. 23 Para Engr Regt and 37 BEB also worked together on the Combined Joint Operational Exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, culminating in a simulated mission in which 1,900 troops parachuted into a ‘troubled region’ to work side-by-side to restore stability.