British Army engineers have built the longest amphibious bridge ever made – at 350 metres – as part of the largest joint exercise in Eastern Europe since the end of the Cold War.

75 Engineer Regiment are in Chelmno in North West Poland to take part in Ex ANAKONDA. The Polish-led Exercise Anakonda features 31,000 troops, thousands of vehicles, 12 ships and over a hundred aircraft from 24 countries including the UK, Poland, the US and Germany. 

The UK participation includes 800 troops and Army vehicles from the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment in Dale Barracks, Chester as well as engineers from 410 and 412 Amphibious Engineer Troops from Warrington and Paderborn, Germany.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

“We are unwavering in our commitment to defend the sovereignty of the democratic nations of Eastern Europe. Exercises such as this send a clear message that Nato is ready to respond to any threat.”

The troops have also been working with their counterparts from 130 Pioneer Battalion of the Bundeswher (the unified armed forces of Germany) to build the impressive structure.

Using the M3 amphibious vehicle, the two nations were able to interlock these vehicles together to create a stable bridging platform. This will then be used by American, German and Polish troops to move armoured vehicles to support Paratroopers who jumped into country yesterday.

Ex ANAKONDA is being used to train multiple nations together to ensure they are able to travel anywhere in the world and work with each other to fulfil common security interests.

This exercise is another step to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to the Wales NATO summit and in time for the Warsaw summit in July 16.

The UK has committed to contribute a Battlegroup to the current Spanish and Polish led rotations of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), and is due to take the lead in 2017, where it will contribute 3000 personnel.

Photographer – Cpl Jamie Dudding

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jon livesey
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jon livesey

Herodotus claimed that Xerxes built a pontoon bridge across the Hellespont in his invasion of Greece that was 1300 meters long.

Michael Thomas
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Michael Thomas

Indeed. The father of lies told many such tales.

Adam Hicken
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Adam Hicken

True but I don’t think there has been any archaeological proof to date?

Roger Morris
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Follow the Sapper…

Peter
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Peter

I hate to be “That Guy,” but I have to note a spelling error on Paragraph 6: “Bundeswher.”

Cheers from the US 🙂

Rob Street
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Kevin. What do you think?

Kevin Street
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Well I should have been there!

Alexander Dominic
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This is amazing, but Eerxes I of Persia built a pontoon bridge several kilometres long in 480BC

Francis Xavier Sowerby Thomas
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That’s exactly the sort of thing that Xerxes would want you to believe

Jonny Barcroft
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If Brits built it why are there way more German flags than uk flags ?

Kanishk Dhanker
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Pride Hurts

Bloke down the pub
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Bloke down the pub

Sad to see that a lot of the British flags were flown upside down.

Jonny Barcroft
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Kanishk Dhanker and so does a kick in the bollocks!
However we are at the same time proud of being a part of the European defence force and NATO ?

David Appleyard
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Is this to ease congestion at dartford?

Aurel Mel
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GO GERMANY GO NATO

Victor Sheppard
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Lot cheaper than a garden bridge and quicker . The whole idea for a garden bridge is fundamentally flawed you may ask why? Who has ever seen trees growing on a bridge the military know better God bless Victor