PICTURE GALLERY: Sussex soldiers join major training exercise in America

SOLDIERS from Sussex are carrying out live-firing attack drills in a major training exercise in America.

Friday, 4th August 2017, 3:17 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:47 am
Picture: Ministry of Defence

Reservists from 3rd Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment are being backed by air, mortars and artillery fire with support from American helicopters under a joint operation in urban warfare with the US National Guard at Camp Grayling, Michigan.

The regiment - which recruits extensively in Hampshire and Sussex and across the south - is taking part in Exercise Northern Strike for the next two weeks.

In addition to the American hosts, soldiers from 3 PWRR, into which the Hampshire Regiment was amalgamated 25 years ago, are also be training alongside Danish, Latvian and Polish military contingents. Together, as a multinational force, almost 6,000 troops will participate in the exercise.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Picture: Ministry of Defence

Approximately 140 Reservists from Folkestone in Kent, supported by soldiers from its sister companies based in Farnham and Sussex have deployed to the U.S.A.

A regimental spokesman said: 'Elements of the exercise over the coming days will see troops from 3 PWRR taking part in an Urban Force on Force attack - UK vs U.S. troops, some battle preparation including blank to live firing processes.

'They will endure a company size live firing deliberate attack exercise including an air assault – utilising US support helicopters for insertion and use of air, mortars and artillery fire support.'

Picture: Ministry of Defence