Soldier crouches in a poppy field as a helicopter lands

📸 In Pictures: Exercise Swift Response

The UK Armed Forces are taking part in one of their largest deployments since the Cold War in a series of NATO exercises.

Exercise Swift Response is a U.S-led multinational exercise taking place in Eastern Europe, the Arctic High North, Baltics, and Balkans. The exercise is designed to showcase the ability of NATO to carry out large ground combat operations in support of its members and allies.

As part of this, British forces from 16 Air Assault Brigade are deployed to North Macedonia. There they are working alongside NATO allies to increase their readiness and strengthen international relationships.

Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE 2022 in action 📸

Chinooks fly a vast forest
Chinooks carrying British soldiers from the Parachute Regiment escorted by Apache attack helicopters
Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment are lifted into training for the live fire phase
Chinooks drop of soldiers from the 2nd battalion Parachute Regiment during the live fire phase of exercise Swift Response 2022
British Paratroopers on a Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter, waiting to be dropped into a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise
French soldiers firing towards targets during the live fire phase of Exercise Swift Response 2022
Soldiers conducting night time live fire ranges as part of exercise Swift Response 2022
French soldiers advancing during their live fire training as part of the exercise
A service was held for a Parachute Regiments soldier who died in action during the conflict in North Macedonia in 2001
A Sargent from 3rd Parachute Regiment acts as safety staff for the French forces during live fire training in North Macedonia.
9 Parachute Battery firing a light gun in support of paratroopers carrying out a ground assault.
9 Parachute Battery, firing a light gun in support of paratroopers carrying out a ground assault
Vehicles are deployed to North Macedonia to join the exercise
2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment runs around to clear a position during the live fire phase of exercise Swift Response 2022.
Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment are lifted into training for the live fire phase.

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