The British Army’s rapid reaction force is demonstrating the unique reach and agility that its specialist air manoeuvre capabilities provide.
Around 2,000 troops, more than 400 vehicles and 12 helicopters from the Air Assault Task Force (AATF), commanded by 16 Air Assault Brigade are taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior. They are practicing mobilising and deploying at short notice around the country.
The exercise represents the final validation that (AATF) is ready to go on standby for operations anywhere in the world after a demanding year of build-up training. It is made up of the 2 PARA Battlegroup - built around the airborne infantry of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment bolstered by artillery, engineers, medics, signallers and logisticians - and Joint Helicopter Force 1, commanded by 4 Regiment Army Air Corps with Apache attack helicopters and RAF Chinook and Puma 2 transport helicopters.
Joint Warrior has challenged the AATF to deploy into an allied country and provide support to tackle an insurgency backed by a hostile neighbour.
Brigadier Colin Weir DSO MBE, Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade, said:
“Joint Warrior is an excellent opportunity for 16 Air Assault Brigade to be put through its paces in its role as the British Army’s airborne rapid reaction force."
"This realistic and well-resourced training reflects the type of operations that the Brigade could be called on to do, both in terms of the tactical challenges and their expeditionary nature. The missions that we will be tasked to achieve within a short space of time are a powerful demonstration of the unique flexibility, reach and agility of airborne troops.”
Exercise Joint Warrior takes place twice a year and aims to test how the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force work together and with allied forces.