August 5, 2016

British Army Engineers build the longest amphibious bridge ever made

 350 metres

British Army engineers have built the longest amphibious bridge ever made - at 350 metres – as part of the largest joint exercise in Eastern Europe since the end of the Cold War.

75 Engineer Regiment are in Chelmno in North West Poland to take part in Exercise ANAKONDA 16. The contingent is made up of elements from 23 Amphibious Engineering Troop and Reservists from 412 Amphibious Engineering Troop, both of whom are based in Germany, together with 107 Field Squadron based in Birkenhead, England.

The troops have also been working with their counterparts from 130 Pioneer Battalion of the Bundeswher (the unified armed forces of Germany) to build the impressive structure.

Using the M3 amphibious rigs, the two nations were able to interlock these rigs together to create a stable bridging platform. This enabled American, German and Polish troops to move armoured vehicles to support Paratroopers who jumped into country yesterday.

Ex ANAKONDA 16 is being used to train multiple nations together to ensure they are able to travel anywhere in the world and work with each other to fulfil common security interests.
This exercise is another step to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to the Wales NATO summit and in time for the Warsaw summit in July 16.

The UK has committed to contribute a Battlegroup to the current Spanish and Polish led rotations of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), and is due to take the lead in 2017, where it will contribute 3000 personnel.

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