A Company, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment are on Exercise Mayan Warrior.
The British Army say that across the six-week-long exercise the soldiers will be living in the jungle for extended periods, developing their ability to look after themselves and their kit in arduous conditions, while learning how to tailor their infantry skills to the demands of the jungle.
“The training is to ensure that the Colchester-based paratroopers have the skills to operate in any environment as part of the Air Assault Task Force, the British Army’s airborne rapid reaction force, which is held ready to deploy at short notice on operations anywhere in the world.”
Major Mike Thwaite, Officer Commanding A Coy, 2 PARA, said in a news release:
“The jungle is an incredibly demanding environment and it’s important that we’re familiar with it. By the nature of our role with 16 Air Assault Brigade we could find ourselves deployed on operations in the jungle at a moment’s notice – this training gives us credit in the bank.
We’re out on our own in the jungle for 26 days straight, which is a real test of our soldiers’ ability to live and operate with minimal logistic or medical support. It’s about their personal administration and the low-level tactical awareness and skills that are the real foundation of everything we do as paratroopers.”