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Jungle Warfare: Paratroopers On Exercise In Belize

Paratroopers are spending the next six weeks in the jungles of Belize.

	Paratroopers train for jungle warfare in Belize Credit Army 140419

The exercise will test the Paratroopers' survival skills in the jungles of Belize (Picture: Army).

Paratroopers will spend the next six weeks in the jungles of Belize as part of Exercise Mayan Warrior.

2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment are developing their ability to survive and look after their kit in arduous conditions.

Jungle warfare instructor Sergeant Ollie Ward said:

“Training in the jungle takes you back to basics and makes you a better soldier in any environment.

"Using navigation as an example, we can’t use GPS because of the tree cover, so we’re navigating with maps, bearings and pacing distances – you really must have the basic skills sharp”.

Paratroopers train for jungle warfare in Belize on ex Mayan Warrior Credit Army 140419
The Paratroopers will be living in the jungle for six weeks (Picture: Army).

The exercise will enhance the Regiment’s ability to work in a range of climates and locations around the world.

Major Mike Thwaite, Officer Commanding A Coy, 2 PARA, said:

"It’s a real test of our soldiers’ ability to live and operate with minimal logistic or medical support.

"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.”

Paratroopers train for jungle warfare in Belize on exercise Credit Army 140419
The exercise will enhance their ability to work in a range of climates and locations around the world (Picture: Army).

Sgt Ward added: “The jungle demands soldiering at the highest level, which is what being a paratrooper is all about”.

The exercise is to further ensure that the regiment is ready to deploy at a moment's notice.