16 air assault brigade

Paratroopers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and the 16 Air Assault Brigade await guidance from the jumpmaster and U.S. Air Force personnel before boarding the aircraft for a combined jump on Fort Bragg, N.C., April 13, 2015. Over 2,000 paratroopers exited 20 aircraft, which initiated Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise 15-01, the largest bilateral exercise held on Fort Bragg in almost 20 years. (Photo by Sgt. Flor Gonzalez, Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

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British paratroopers from the 16 Air Assault Brigade attempting to retake a mock village held by U.S. paratroopers from the 2BCT 82nd Airborne Division acting as Opfor in April 2015, during the largest bilateral training exercise at Ft Bragg in almost 20 years.

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Soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade and airborne troops from across the world gathered in Arnhem at the weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden. 

In September 1944 British and American troops landed behind German lines with the aim of capturing a string of Rhine river crossings, but met with strong resistance at the final bridge at Arnhem. Over 1,500 British soldiers were killed and nearly 6,500 captured.

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16 Air Assault Brigade Pathfinders

Soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade Pathfinders prior to free fall jump with 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Green Berets on Fort Bragg, N.C. March 17, 2015

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Edward French IV)

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Paratroopers from 16 Air Assault Brigade have taken part in the largest multinational airborne exercise in Europe since the end of the Cold War.

Soldiers of C (Bruneval) Company, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment are on Exercise Swift Response in southern Germany. The training has brought together 4,800 soldiers from 11 NATO countries to improve the ability of the alliance’s high readiness forces to operate together.

Colchester-based 2 PARA was partnered with the Italian 183° Reggimento Paracadutisti Nembo. They parachuted on to the Hohenfels Training Area from two RAF C-130J Hercules as part of a mass drop of 1,300 paratroopers from 13 aircraft.