NATO paratroopers recently exercised together in Poland to learn about each other’s airborne techniques and equipment.
Paratroopers from various NATO nations recently met near Krakow, Poland for ‘Jump Week’; an annual international training exercise that was initiated by the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade. Its purpose is to integrate soldiers of airborne units from different NATO countries, allowing them to exchange experiences.
During ‘Jump Week’, paratroopers from Belgium, Czechia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom learned about each other’s airborne techniques and equipment. Soldiers took over 400 parachute jumps from the deck of the C-295M aircraft and the W-3 Sokół helicopter, landing in the Błędowska Desert and Żywieckie Lake in southern Poland.
This NATO Multimedia footage, filmed in mid-July and released 09 August, includes various shots of paratroopers from different NATO nations preparing their equipment and jumping above Błędowska Desert, and paratroopers from the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade jumping above Żywieckie Lake. It also includes soundbites from 2nd Lieutenant Patrick, Polish 6th Airborne Brigade, and Sergeant English, 2nd Battalion the British Parachute Regiment.
- 00:00 ~ Paratroopers from various NATO nations prepare their equipment
- 00:44 ~ Polish paratroopers instruct paratroopers from other NATO nations about the equipment
- 01:00 ~ Polish paratroopers inspect the readied equipment before the paratroopers prepare to jump
- 01:39 ~ Polish paratroopers give mission briefing to international paratroopers before they conduct a training jump in Poland
- 02:09 ~ Paratroopers from various NATO nations conduct last-minute training drills before conducting training jump in Poland
- 02:57 ~ Paratroopers from various nations walk to waiting C-295M aircraft
- 03:43 ~ Polish instructor conducts static line checks before c-295m aircraft takes off
- 03:58 ~ Italian paratroopers prepare to jump out of C-295M aircraft during training exercise in Poland
- 04:05 ~ Paratroopers from various NATO nations jump out of aircraft for static line training jump
- 04:18 ~ Polish paratrooper conducts high altitude free fall jump from aircraft
- 05:06 ~ paratroopers from various NATO nations land in Błędowska desert in Poland
- 05:36 ~ Paratroopers from various NATO nations walk together after conducting parachute jump
- 05:41 ~ Paratroopers from the Polish 6th airborne brigade carry out drills before conducting parachute jump into Żywieckie lake in Poland
- 05:55 ~ W-3 Sokół helicopter arrives to pick up Polish paratroopers
- 06:07 ~ Polish paratroopers board W-3 Sokół helicopter
- 06:34 ~ Polish paratrooper in helicopter and jumping into Żywieckie lake during training exercise
- 07:18 ~ Polish paratroopers land in Żywieckie lake in Poland
- 07:46 ~ Soundbite (Polish) – 2nd Lieutenant Patrick, Polish 6th Airborne Brigade: “we familiarise our allied jumpers from the different NATO armies with the rules and equipment we have on our site. we teach them how to prepare the equipment for jumping and what rules apply on our aircraft and prepare them for the parachute jump itself.”
- 08:10 ~ Soundbite (Polish) – 2nd Lieutenant Patrick: “it is definitely a great experience because we can exchange different experiences from different armies. as you know, each army has different types of parachutes, and jump in different ways, different methods – primarily performing and landing during parachute jumps. this allows us, first of all, to exchange experiences.”
- 08:31 ~ Soundbite – Sergeant English, 2nd Battalion The British Parachute Regiment
- 08:45 ~ Soundbite – Sergeant English
- 08:58 ~ Soundbite – Sergeant English