16 Air Assault Brigade are training alongside NATO counterparts to develop their ability to work together on Exercise Swift Response.
16 Air Assault Brigade is on Exercise Swift Response, which brings together more than 5,000 personnel from 10 nations and takes place in Poland and Germany between May 27-June 26, 2016.
Under the command of Headquarters 16 Air Assault Brigade some 2,000 troops are taking part, the largest British contingent to deploy on a NATO exercise in 2016. The joint force includes 3 PARA Battlegroup, including engineer, artillery, logistics, signals, medical, provost and ISTAR support; Apache attack helicopters from 4 Regiment Army Air Corps; and RAF Chinook and Puma support helicopters and C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
Exercise Swift Response hit its stride here Wednesday as nearly 1,100 airborne soldiers from seven nations jumped into Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr Training Areas in Germany to initiate the second phase of this multinational, cross European exercise.
Exercise Swift Response is a month-long military crisis response training event for multinational forces in the world that includes more than 5,000 participants from 10 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations.
The training involves mass parachute jumps and air assault operations as part of a simulated mission to restore stability to a troubled region. It is key to developing interoperability with 82nd Airborne Division and 11e Brigade Parachutists, the Brigades key partners in the US and French armies respectively, as well as wider allies.