In Pictures: The biggest para drop in decades

These elite British Army soldiers are often first into the battle. They are trained to operate behind enemy lines and in the biggest UK airdrop in decades, are exercising in Ukraine

📸Here are the Pathfinders in action:

Members of the Pathfinders relaxed in preparation of a parachute insertion into Ukraine for Exercise Joint Endeavour.
British Paratroopers board their flight to the drop zone
A media officer for 16 Air Assault Brigade, peers through the window of a Hercules C130 as it approaches Ukraine for Exercise Joint Endeavour.
A paratrooper 16 Air Assault Brigade prepares to jump from a C130 Aircraft and parachute into Ukraine.
A paratrooper 16 Air Assault Brigade prepares to jump from a C130 Aircraft and parachute into Ukraine.
A paratrooper 16 Air Assault Brigade prepares to jump from a C130 Aircraft and parachute into Ukraine.
Paratroopers from 16 Air Assault Brigade prepares to jump from a C130 Aircraft and parachute into Ukraine.
British Paratrooper gives a thumbs up aboard a C130 Aircraft before doing a parachute jump into Ukraine.
British Paratrooper gives a thumbs up aboard a C130 Aircraft before doing a parachute jump into Ukraine.
Members of the aircrew on board an RAF Hercules C130 plane, whilst on a flight into Ukraine for Exercise Joint Endeavour.
An RAF Parachute Jump Instructor (PJI) checks the parachute equipment fitted to a member of the Pathfinders before a parachute insertion.
A paratrooper 16 Air Assault Brigade prepares to jump from a C130 Aircraft and parachute into Ukraine.
A paratrooper 16 Air Assault Brigade prepares to jump from a C130 Aircraft and parachute into Ukraine.
A member of the Pathfinders exits the back of a Hercules C130 aircraft to parachute into Ukraine.
A member of the Pathfinders exits the back of a Hercules C130 aircraft to parachute into Ukraine.
A member of the Pathfinders exits the back of a Hercules C130 aircraft to parachute into Ukraine.
A member of the Pathfinders exits the back of a Hercules C130 aircraft to parachute into Ukraine.
Two Hercules C130 planes fly over the dropzone at Ternivskiy training area, Ukraine.
Two Hercules C130 planes fly over the dropzone at Ternivskiy training area, Ukraine.
A member of 23 Parachute Engineers packs his parachute after landing onto the drop zone.
A member of 23 Parachute Engineers packs his parachute after landing onto the drop zone.
Members of 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, Machine Guns Platoon, are in position on the drop zone whilst a Hercules C1
Members of 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, Machine Guns Platoon, are in position on the drop zone whilst a Hercules C130 flies over head dropping equipment.
Members of 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, Anti-Tanks, are in position on the drop zone whilst a Hercules C130 flies .
Members of 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, Anti-Tanks, are in position on the drop zone whilst a Hercules C130 flies over head dropping equipment.
Paratroopers from 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment patrol off the drop zone at Ternivskiy.
Paratroopers from 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment patrol off the drop zone at Ternivskiy.
A member of The Pathfinders, takes a knee while marking the rendezvous point for troops just after a parachute insertion.
A member of The Pathfinders takes a knee while marking the rendezvous point for troops just after a parachute insertion.
A member of the Pathfinders, peers out of a woodland at Ternivskiy training area.
A member of the Pathfinders peers out of awoodland at Ternivskiy training area.
A member of the Pathfinders carries out surveillance photography, at Ternivskiy training area.
A member of the Pathfinders carries out surveillance photography, at Ternivskiy training area.
Members of The Parachute Regiment carry out close quarter battle (CQB) training alongside Ukrainian troops from 3rd Battalion
Members of The Parachute Regiment carry out close quarter battle (CQB) training alongside Ukrainian troops from 3rd Battalion
Members of The Parachute Regiment carry out close quarter battle (CQB) training alongside Ukrainian troops from 3rd Battalion the 80th Separate Air Assault Brigade.
Members of The Parachute Regiment carry out close quarter battle (CQB) training alongside Ukrainian troops from 3rd Battalion the 80th Separate Air Assault Brigade.

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