U.S. Soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division parachute from a C-130 Hercules aircraft during Joint Operations Access Exercise (JOAX) 12-2 at Fort Bragg, N.C., June 5, 2012. A JOAX is a joint airdrop exercise designed to enhance service cohesiveness between U.S. Army and Air Force personnel, allowing both services an opportunity to properly execute large-scale heavy equipment and troop movement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandra Hoachlander/Released)
Paratroopers descend to earth from a Royal Air Force Hercules aircraft during a demonstration of their skills.
Over 120 troops from A Company, 3 PARA, ( 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment) demonstrated their skills to forty NATO Defence Attaches as part of the Airborne Task Force.
The attaches watched as the Para’s deployed out of two C130 Hercules aircraft flying at 800 feet above the Everleigh Dropping Zone (DZ) on Salisbury Plain. The Exercise, named EAGLES FLIGHT, included Helicopter assaults and Rapid Air Landings at South Cerney airfield.
3 PARA’s main role along with 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, is to train as part of the British Army’s rapid reaction force.
Central Command Area of Responsibility (Jul. 1, 2003) — A British C-130J Hercules aircraft launches defensive countermeasures prior to being the first coalition aircraft to land on the newly reopened military runway at Baghdad International Airport. The military runway was bombed by coalition aircraft and had been closed since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Thanks to the help of the 1st Expeditionary Red Horse Group and the 447th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, the runway has been repaired and is once again operational. The British aircraft was delivering cargo and passengers to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert R. Hargreaves Jr. (RELEASED)
Soldiers from The 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment line the bridge in Arnhem (John Frost Bridge) and have a small memorial ceremony.
Today was the 65th anniversary commemorations of Operation Market Garden, one of the most notable military operations of World War 2, which was held at Arnhem in the Netherlands.
At 7am 2 PARA marched onto John Frost Bridge, the famous ‘ Bridge Too Far’ to hold a memorial service. It is named after the then Commanding Officer of 2 PARA. Following the service there was the annual service at Oosterbeek cemetery attended by veterans and their families. This year Secretary of State for Defence Bob Ainsworth laid a wreath at the memorial. At the end of the service around 700 local Dutch children laid flowers on each of the graves at the cemetery.