30 May '12, 10am

News: UK and US soldiers strengthen ties with jump onto Salisbury Plain

Pudsey-based soldiers from 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment (4 PARA) joined forces with members of the US Army's Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) who are based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The paratroopers built on their knowledge and experience of airborne operations by jumping using each other's equipment and both nations' Hercules C-130 aircraft. The opportunity to parachute in another nation's parachute equipment allows the soldier to wear that country's coveted wings. The US paratroopers flew into the UK only days before jumping with the Brits. They are over in Europe not only to establish and continue working relations with the Paras, but also to take part in a parachute jump into Normandy. This will be the 68th anniversary of the D-Day landings, and was when the partnership was first forged. The American reserve unit has been tak...

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