British Army Parachute Regiment 3rd Battalion (3 PARA) C Company on Exercise Yellow Assault STANTA (Crown Copyright, 2019, News licence)

First Photos of Paras on Ex Yellow Assault

3 PARA Conduct Live-Fire Exercise at STANTA

The MOD has released the first photographs of the British Army’s Parachute Regiment on Exercise Yellow Assault.

C Company, 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) is on a live-fire battle camp at the Stanford Training Area (STANTA) in Norfolk.

Exercise Yellow Assault focuses on 3 PARA’s core infantry skills of fire and manoeuvre. The training refreshes and reinforces their ability to work together to assault objectives, starting from individual movement on a firing range to attacks as an eight-man section, before combining sections to attack as a platoon.

British Army Parachute Regiment 3rd Battalion (3 PARA) C Company on Exercise Yellow Assault STANTA, soldier with Virtus system (Crown Copyright, 2019, News licence) [650]

A paratrooper in action on Ex Yellow Assault (Crown Copyright, 2019)

Earlier this month, 3 PARA were out through their paces in crowd control. The soldiers were seen wearing the new Revision Military Batlskin Cobra Plus helmet with visor and mandible guard – Revision’s patented Modular Protective Attachment System (MPAS) for full face protection. Revision won the contract to replace the British Army’s MK7 helmet under the Virtus programme.

The new Virtus system uses the latest materials and offers the same protection as Osprey body armour but is significantly lighter, moves with the body more easily and produces a slimmer profile. The amount of protection employed can be scaled up or down to match the type of threat by adding or removing soft armour pads and hard ballistic plates. It is compatible with both Osprey and Enhanced Combat Body Armour.

British Army Parachute Regiment 3rd Battalion (3 PARA) C Company on Exercise Yellow Assault STANTA, soldier with General Purpose Machine Gun (Crown Copyright, 2019, News licence) [650]

A soldier from C Company, 3rd Battalion, the Parachute regiment firing the General Purpose Machine Gun (Crown Copyright, 2019)

One of the Virtus system’s most radical innovations is an integral ‘spine’. Implementing a ‘dynamic weight distribution’ system, the spine is linked to the user’s waist belt and helps spread the load of the body armour, a Bergen or daysack across the back, shoulders and hips.

The photo set is the latest from Corporal Jamie Hart, who earlier documented 3 PARA on crowd control training and on Ex Falcon Amarante in France last November.

British Army Parachute Regiment 3rd Battalion (3 PARA) C Company on Exercise Yellow Assault STANTA, soldiers practice infantry skills (Crown Copyright, 2019, News licence) [650]

British Army paratroopers from 3 PARA practice infantry skills (Crown Copyright, 2019)


Source: MOD

Image: a soldier from C Company, 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment on Exercise Yellow Assault at STANTA (Crown Copyright, 2019).