Airborne signallers have gone back to basics to ensure they are ready to deploy on short-notice operations around the world.
From patrolling and vehicle checkpoints to first aid and infantry attacks, 216 (Parachute) Signal Squadron has been refreshing its core soldiering skills on Exercise Mercury Dagger on the STANTA Ranges in Norfolk.
A key serial saw troops on the patrol finding themselves first on the scene of a helicopter crash, having to treat casualties and manage the scene.
The week-long exercise is designed to ensure the troops’ readiness to serve as part of the Air Assault Task Force (AATF), the British Army’s global rapid reaction force.
Colchester-based 216 (Para) Sig Sqn is trained and equipped to deploy by parachute, helicopter or airlanding to provide specialist communications support to the AATF.