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Regiment trains with US National Guard

03 August 2017

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (3 PWRR) are taking part in Exercise Northern Strike which is a reciprocal, joint exercise with the U.S. National Guard.

Camp Grayling in Crawford County, Michigan, will be their base for the next two weeks and is the main training facility for the Michigan National Guard and is the largest U.S. National Guard training facility.

Exercise Northern Strike is an annual multi-national event that provides accessible readiness building opportunities (ensuring personnel are trained and ready for situations and environments). In addition to the American hosts, 3 PWRR will also be training alongside Danish, Latvian and Polish military contingents. Together, as a multinational force, almost 6,000 troops will participate in the exercise.

Approximately 140 Reservists from Folkestone in Kent, supported by soldiers from its sister companies based in Farnham and Sussex deployed to the U.S. to train and exercise as part of the multi-national force whilst building a positive reputation amongst our allies.

Elements of the exercise over the coming days will see troops from 3 PWRR taking part in an Urban Force on Force attack - UK vs U.S. troops, some battle preparation including blank to live firing processes and they will endure a company size live firing deliberate attack exercise including an air assault – utilising US support helicopters for insertion and use of air, mortars and artillery fire support.

Successfully operating in conjunction with troops from other participating nations not only reveals 3 PWRRs’ ability to deploy as a multinational force but it also highlights the diversity of the British Army in terms of the capability it can offer.

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