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SWIFT RESPONSE ’16 ~ Multinational Mass Parachute Drop

Ten seconds after "Green Light On!" and six paratroopers are already in the air with a seventh just stepping into space from the port side doorway [© Bob Morrison]

Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE is designed to enhance the readiness of the combat core of the US Global Response Force, currently the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, to conduct rapid response, joint forcible entry and follow-on operations alongside allied high readiness forces in Europe.

In early June, closely coordinated with Exercise ANAKONDA ’16, the ‘All Americans’ parachuted into Torun in Poland. As we saw last month, prior to the US troops jumping from the wave of nine C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft the battlegroup’s vehicles and 105mm Light Guns were parachuted onto the Drop Zone from the same aircraft in two passes.

anakonda16-logoThe DZ to the south of Torun is quite short (c. 2000 metres including overshoot safety area) and surrounded on three sides by forest so the 552 paratroopers from the US 82nd Airborne scheduled to jump from the C-17s, which transported between 41 and 88 pax apiece dependent on the heavy equipment load carried, were inserted in three passes.

A pair of Polish C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, each carrying 60 paratroopers, joined the nine C-17s on the first two of the three personnel passes, bringing the total number of troops dropped to 672…

To read all of Bob Morrison’s report see the
November 2016 issue of COMBAT & SURVIVAL Magazine,
which went on sale in both print and digital formats today.


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