Exercise Northern Strike

British soldiers are carrying out live-firing attack drills backed by air, mortars and artillery fire with support from American helicopters under a joint operation with the US National Guard at Camp Grayling.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (3 PWRR) are taking part in the joint exercise based at Camp Grayling, Michigan, for the next two weeks during the Exercise Northern Strike deployment.

These pictures show the UK soldiers in action as they join other forces from other countries in a multinational battle preparation mission.

Exercise Northern Strike

Over the coming days they will be competing against their US allies in an Urban Force on Force attack and taking on blank to live firing training.

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Exercise Northern Strike

They'll also be involved in a company-size live firing attack exercise, including an air assault, while using US support helicopters as well as air, mortars and artillery fire support.

Exercise Northern Strike

Around 140 reservists from 3 PWRR will be training alongside Danish, Latvian and Polish counterparts, as well as their American hosts, with almost 6,000 troops taking part.

They deployed to the US late last month to train in preparation for the annual exercise.

Exercise Northern Strike

Camp Grayling is the main training facility for the Michigan National Guard and is the largest US National Guard training facility, spreading over three counties.

Exercise Northern Strike

Photography courtesy of Corporal Jonathan Lee van Zyl / MoD Crown Copyright.

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