Pathfinders lead NATO Air Assault into Balkans | ACCESS
As the advance force for 16 Air Assault Brigade Combat Team, the Pathfinders are an elite part of the UK Armed Forces. They are highly trained soldiers, able to infiltrate behind enemy lines, identify Drop Zones (DZ) for follow on Parachute Troops and relay vital information back to Headquarters.
The Pathfinders, made up of volunteers from many different backgrounds, but primarily from the Parachute Regiment, work in small, heavily armed, teams.
2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment and soldiers from across 16 Air Assault Brigade, including Guns from 7 Para Royal Horse Artillery, joined NATO Allies, on Exercise Swift Response into NATO’s newest member North Macedonia.
As part of our exclusive access to a series of Military Exercises in Europe, BFBS Creative join the Pathfinders as they covertly lead the way, Parachuting in North Macedonia using High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) Parachute Techniques. They secure the DZ allowing the main force to land, before reforming as a lethal strike force, able to carry out raids on High Value Targets.
The illegal occupation of Ukraine by Russian forces has highlighted the very real threat along NATOs Eastern border. The principles of NATOs collective defence remain that an "attack on one is an attack on all". It is more important than ever to test the response, demonstrate capability and deter unwanted aggression. None do that faster, more aggressively or as far from home, as the UK 's 16 Air Assault Brigade.
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