US Airborne personnel have recently conducted multinational training with their British counterparts on Exercise ASKARI STORM in Kenya.
Known to the Americans as Operation ASKARI STORM, the training package saw Paras from the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division receiving training from 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) from the UK’s 16 Air Assault Brigade. The exercise commenced with familiarisation training on British infantry weapons, including the SA80a2 assault rifle, and on the STARSTREAK High Velocity Missile.
Troops then undertook a series of tactical scenarios designed to test the US and UK Paratroopers’ ability to integrate their formations and coordinate tactical operations while facing a simulated near-peer threat. The Paras also conducted day and night live fire exercises with the focus on increasing their readiness and interoperability in tough and realistic scenarios.