British Army Parachute Regiment, 2nd Battalion, C Coy, Exercise Noble Partner, Georgia, 7 August 2017 (US Army, 2017)

Ex Noble Partner: 2 PARA Parachute into Georgia

British Army Paratroopers Cross Train with Georgia Army National Guard

British soldiers of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2 PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, cross-trained with jump masters from Hotel Company, 1st Battalion, 121st (Airborne) Long Range Surveillance, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Georgia Army National Guard, at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, last month.

Exercise Noble Partner

2 PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force.

For the jump, Georgia National Guard provided the aircraft and MC-6 parachutes for use.

“It’s really important and paramount to cross train with other NATO Allies so you understand not only the capabilities, but the equipment that each other are going to be using,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brendon Wellendorf, team leader, Hotel Company, 1st Battalion, 121st (Airborne) Long Range Surveillance, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Georgia Army National Guard. “So any time you come into contact during an actual operation, you have not only respect, but understanding between the units. It’s a lot easier to cooperate and coordinate that way.”

2 PARA is on high readiness in the U.K. as part of the Air Manoeuver Battle Group. The unit must be able to deploy within a 24 hour notice.

“This is the kind of thing we’d be doing, jumping in and securing an airfield,” said 2nd Lt. Spencer Jones, a British officer from 2 PARA. “Preparing for the second tier of the Army to come in and support our mission.”

Training in Georgia does have its advantages, despite the hot weather. Open spaces are hard to get to utilize for training in the U.K., with regulations regarding what type of training must occur, he said. With a little imagination, the unit can achieve a more realistic training.

For the Georgia Army National Guard to allow the 2nd PARA to borrow the MC-6 parachutes was an opportunity the unit could not refuse, Jones said.

Not that 2nd PARA didn’t bring their own equipment to the game. The U.K. government provided the unit with ample ammunition for Exercise Noble Partner.

VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia - British soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Colchester, Essex, England, exit aircraft at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers)
VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia – British soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2 PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Colchester, Essex, England, exit aircraft at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. 2 PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Shiloh Capers) VIEW ORIGINAL VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia - A British soldier of the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, pulls his parachute at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers)
VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia – A British soldier of the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, pulls his parachute at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Shiloh Capers) VIEW ORIGINAL VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia - A British Soldier of the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, lands on the drop zone at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers)
VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia – A British Soldier of the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, lands on the drop zone at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Shiloh Capers) VIEW ORIGINAL VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia - A British Soldier, Pvt. Christopher Kantorowicz, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, gives a thumb up for a good jump, at the drop zone on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The red tape signifies first-time jumpers. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers)
VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia – A British Soldier, Pvt. Christopher Kantorowicz, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, gives a thumb up for a good jump, at the drop zone on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The red tape signifies first-time jumpers. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Shiloh Capers) VIEW ORIGINAL VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia - A British Soldier, Pvt. Christopher Kantorowicz, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Colchester, England, twists the MC-6 model parachute to assist in managing it at the drop zone on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The red tape signifies first-time jumpers. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers)
VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia – A British Soldier, Pvt. Christopher Kantorowicz, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Colchester, England, twists the MC-6 model parachute to assist in managing it at the drop zone on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The red tape signifies first-time jumpers. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Shiloh Capers) VIEW ORIGINAL VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia - British soldier Pvt. Christopher Kantorowicz, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, treks to the collection point with full gear, at the drop zone on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The red tape signifies first-time jumpers. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers)
VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia – British soldier Pvt. Christopher Kantorowicz, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, treks to the collection point with full gear, at the drop zone on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The red tape signifies first-time jumpers. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Shiloh Capers) VIEW ORIGINAL VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia - A British soldier of the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, prepares to land at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. European Command-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers)
VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia – A British soldier of the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, prepares to land at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. European Command-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Shiloh Capers) VIEW ORIGINAL VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia - A British Soldier Pvt. Josh Street, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, prepares to land, at the drop zone on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The red tape signifies first-time jumpers. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers)
VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia – A British Soldier Pvt. Josh Street, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, prepares to land, at the drop zone on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The red tape signifies first-time jumpers. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Shiloh Capers) VIEW ORIGINAL VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia - British soldier Pvt. Josh Street, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, extends the MC-6 parachute, at the drop zone on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. Street prepares the parachute for collection. The red tape signifies first-time jumpers. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers)
VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia – British soldier Pvt. Josh Street, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, extends the MC-6 parachute, at the drop zone on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. Street prepares the parachute for collection. The red tape signifies first-time jumpers. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Shiloh Capers) VIEW ORIGINAL VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia - British soldiers pull security at the collection point after jumping into the drop zone, on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers)
VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia – British soldiers pull security at the collection point after jumping into the drop zone, on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Shiloh Capers) VIEW ORIGINAL VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia - British officers and leaders of the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, rally at the collection point after jumping into the drop zone on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers)
VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia – British officers and leaders of the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2nd PARA), 16th Air Assault Brigade, Essex, England, rally at the collection point after jumping into the drop zone on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Shiloh Capers) VIEW ORIGINAL VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia - British soldiers pull security at the collection point after jumping into the drop zone, on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers)
VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia – British soldiers pull security at the collection point after jumping into the drop zone, on Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017. The 2nd PARA is currently in the Republic of Georgia to participate in Exercise Noble Partner. Noble Partner is a multinational, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise conducting home station training for the Georgian light infantry company designated for the NATO Response Force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Shiloh Capers) VIEW ORIGINAL

Source: US Army (USAREUR)

Images: 2 PARA on Exercise Noble Partner, Republic of Georgia, August 7, 2017 (US Army, 2017).

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