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Op CABRIT ~ Exercise BOLD FUSILIER in Estonia

BOLD FUSILIER [© NATO Multimedia]

NATO Allied troops from Estonia, France and the UK, including the First Fusiliers Battlegroup, recently trained together in Estonia.

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Check out the capabilities of these UK armoured vehicles as the First Fusiliers work alongside troops from France and Estonia in NATO’s multinational battlegroup Estonia.

In Tapa, Estonia, troops from the UK’s First Fusiliers Battlegroup, which leads NATO’s multinational battlegroup in Estonia, trained alongside troops from Estonia and France in exercise BOLD FUSILIER.

held from 8-13 October 2023, the exercise focused on the integration of a French Company and the UK Battlegroup within the 1st Estonian Brigade. A Royal Canadian Regiment mechanised company and a Polish tank platoon acted as the opponents in the simulation.

The week-long exercise saw the Battlegroup forces test their armoured vehicle capabilities and abilities to negotiate obstacles and fight in congested terrain, like forests. The exercise culminated with the French troops clearing a 700 metre-long trench complex.

BOLD FUSILIER [© NATO Multimedia

This NATO Multimedia footage, filmed on 13 October, includes various shots of the First Fusiliers operating Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles, of British Army Challenger 2 tanks operated by the Queen’s Royal Hussars, and of French and Estonian troops practising trench clearance.

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Shot list:-

  • 00:00 ~ UK Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles take part in Exercise BOLD FUSILIER in Tapa, Estonia
  • 00:16 ~ UK Challenger 2 tanks from the Queen’s Royal Hussars take part in Exercise BOLD FUSILIER
  • 00:39 ~ UK troops from the First Fusiliers operate Warrior infantry fighting vehicles during Exercise BOLD FUSILIER
  • 01:09 ~ Armoured engineers remove obstacles and clear paths during exercise BOLD FUSILIER
  • 01:22 ~ UK Troops from the First Fusiliers operate Warrior infantry fighting vehicles during Exercise BOLD FUSILIER
  • 02:11 ~ Challenger 2 tank driving in mud during Exercise BOLD FUSILIER
  • 02:27 ~ Estonian soldier oversees the exercise
  • 03:07 ~ UK Troops from the First Fusiliers prepare to manoeuvre during Exercise BOLD FUSILIER
  • 03:32 ~ UK Troops from the First Fusiliers prepare to manoeuvre during Exercise BOLD FUSILIER
  • 04:27 ~ Estonian and UK soldiers working together during Exercise BOLD FUSILIER
  • 04:54 ~ Trench in central training area in Estonia
  • 05:04 ~ French and Estonian forces practice trench clearance during Exercise BOLD FUSILIER
  • 05:58 ~ Polish armoured vehicles arrive on scene as opposition forces
  • 06:34 ~ Soundbite – Lieutenant Colonel James Fern, NATO Multinational Battlegroup Estonia
  • 06:55 ~ Soundbite – Lieutenant Colonel James Fern
  • 07:17 ~ Soundbite – Major Kristian Karist – Operations Chief, Estonian 1st Brigade
  • 07:35 ~ Soundbite – Major Kristian Karist
  • 08:01 ~ Soundbite – Major Kristian Karist

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