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
These soldiers are the Pathfinders, they are the eyes and ears of the Brigade. They are often ‘first-in’, days or weeks before the main forces, they are skilled in covert insertion, concealment and intelligence gathering.
In rural Ukraine, only a stone’s throw away from Russia’s border, British Paratroopers have mounted a rapid airborne deployment.
Elements of 16 Air Assault Brigade began landing as part ofExercise Joint Endeavour, with a total of 250 soldiers deploying by air from the UK within 3 days — the biggest deployment of paras in a decade.
This multinational exercise sees the paratroopers take part in joint training alongside their Ukrainian Counterparts, 3rd Battalion the 80th Separate Air Assault Brigade.
The aim is to test the ability of the UK to move rapidly to support them should the need arise, providing reassurance to our Ukrainian partners against potential adversaries.
📸Here are the Pathfinders in action:
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