Army Commanders visit British soldiers deployed in Mali

Commander Field Army and his French counterpart have visited UK and French troops deployed on vital UN peacekeeping operations in Mali; a visible demonstration of a strong military alliance.

This joint visit demonstrated support to the deployed troops, working hard to promote peace and stability in the region.

Lieutenant General Ivan Jones CB and his French colleague, Lieutenant General Vincent Guionie visited the UK contingent comprising of soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment and the Light Dragoons.

As part of UN MINUSMA mission, UK troops conduct regular patrols, helping to prevent conflict, protect the civilian population and provide a reconnaissance capability; setting the foundations for sustainable peace in the region.

General Jones also visited Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters which are also deployed in support of French forces in Mali (Operation BARKHANE), where they are helping to provide vital heavy lift and logistical support to counter violent extremism in West Africa.

British troops are versatile and capable of adapting to various scenarios, from warfighting, emergency and disaster relief or on UN peace keeping missions such as Mali.

Under the Future Soldier transformation plan, more of our troops will deploy on exercises or assignments throughout the world and deliver training, advice, assistance or accompanying troops to partner nations.