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Airborne Soldiers train together in Exercise Black Flight

The British Army has begun to return to training, working within the government guidance on how to keep people safe while COVID-19 remains a threat.

16 Air Assault Brigade, the Army's rapid response airborne formation, has remained at very high readiness to deploy on overseas operations and training. To maintain this level of readiness, it is crucial that troops remain competent and confident in the full range of their skills.

With training getting back underway, units are maintaining social distancing where possible and taking sensible precautions to manage the risks where personnel cannot space from each other. Airborne logisticians and medics have been practicing how they would deliver an operating theatre onto the battlefield by parachute or helicopter on Exercise Black Flight.  

13 Air Assault Support Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps (13 AASR) have been working with 16 Medical Regiment and the RAF. Their latest training exercise involved transporting lifesaving surgical capability which was parachuted from an RAF C130 Hercules aircraft onto Sculthorpe Airfield in Norfolk.  
3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment have also been getting back to training, having recently deployed on Exercise Green Shield. This involved conducting urban operations training on Stanford Training Area in Norfolk. Together, all these units have been preparing to assume the duty of Air Manoeuvre Battlegroup One, which means they will be at very high readiness to deploy anywhere in the world.