Czech paratroopers among the thousands of participants in mass air drop during Sabre Junction 2018 exercise

Autor: Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

Approximately two hundred paratroopers from the 43rd Airborne Battalion, based in Chrudim, were invited by the 173rd U.S. Airborne Brigade to participate in the Sabre Junction 2018 international exercise which is being held at the Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Joint International Training Command, Germany, from September 17th to October 1st.

Joint Multinational Training Command

Czech paratroopers used the American T11 and T10 parachutes in a mass air jump from a C-130 Hercules and a C-17 Globemaster aircraft at an altitude of 250 metres.

"Our company sized service members who are attached to the 91st Cavalry Battalion are taking part in the U.S Airborne Brigade certification exercise where they will carry out a whole spectrum of operations within given scenarios of a medium intensity conflict," said Lieutenant Colonel Jiri Adamec, Commander of the Chrudim battalion. He added that the mass air jump during two earlier flights has been an invaluable experience for his paratroopers.

"For this exercise, our unit has three basic tasks," said Major Roman Prihonsky, Deputy Commander of the Chrudim battalion. "The first is to verify our capabilities during tactical air jumps; the second, to execute combat patrolling ambushes or assault scenarios, and the final task is to confirm the tactical procedures of the lower units in an international environment. This exercise serves to ensure the continuing development of the airborne units and prepares them for the potential transformation of our battalion into an airborne regiment."

This year so far, the 43rd Airborne Battalion has met all conditions necessary to achieve full operational capability in line with NATO’s Combat Readiness Evaluation (CREVAL) method. An important additional final task was to verify that the airborne company complies with all the required standards.

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September 27, 2018