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Eagle Sapper, British and French geniuses in common

(BRUSSELS2) Joint Franco-British training and exercises continue. This time at the engineering level between the sappers of the 17th Engineer Parachute Regiment (17th RGP) and the 23rd Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) in Northumberland. Exercise Eagle Sapper – which took place in mid-November – aimed to set up different structures within the framework of a complex humanitarian relief operation scenario: in a country facing famine and having difficulty recovering from tsunami damage, with government control undermined by insurgents.

After deploying their base in Woodbridge In Suffolk, the exercise began with the establishment of a portable air bridge (APFB) across the wide (3,2 km) part of the Kielder Water artificial lake. The engineers then moved to Otterburn, where they were challenged to create water supply points capable of supplying 40.000 liters of drinking water each day, crossing rivers using bridging equipment and improvised materials , demolish obstacles and build defensive positions that were under fire from “enemy forces”.

The difficult climatic conditions were one of the major elements of the exercise. According to Lt. Col. Jason Hones, commander of the 23rd Engineer Regiment. “ If a soldier can survive in Northumberland in winter, he can survive anywhere in the world. » This exercise is part of a broader partnership that has been established between the 16th Parachute Air Assault Brigade and 11th Brigade (11th BP), which have been tasked with developing a Joint Expeditionary Force.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).