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Colchester paras train with French

The Anglo/French force on exercise in Scotland Credit: Ministry of Defence

Colchester based paratroopers are training with their French counterparts in a joint exercise in Scotland.

Members of 16 Air Assault Brigade have deployed with 300 French troops from the 11e Brigade Parachutiste.

The Anglo/French team on the ground Credit: Ministry of Defence

They've been air-dropped into the West Freugh area of Scotland.

Their mission is to stabilise an area disputed by two fictional nations which are divided by economic and ethnic factors.



Colchester soldiers win boxing title

Members of the 3 Para boxing team Credit: Ministry of Defence

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment have won the Army’s boxing title for the seventh time in ten years.

They defeated 22 Engineer Regiment 8-1 in the final of the Army Major Units Boxing Championship at Aldershot.

3 PARA has won the competition every time it has entered since 2003. The team was unable to compete in 2006, 2008 or 2011 because of operational commitments in Afghanistan.