The Parachute Regiment, or 'The Paras', was formed during World War 2. Designed as shock troops, Paras were dropped behind German front lines to capture key positions then hold them until the rest of the invasion force could link up with them. The modern day Parachute Regiment provides infantry to Britain's air mobile rapid deployment force, 16 Air Assault Brigade and specialised infantry support to British special forces.
Parachute Regiment Selection
Those wishing to join the Paras must pass a series of initial British Army tests, followed by PARA-specific selection and training.
now armed with the Javelin anti-tank missile system (previously Milan)
3 PARA ORBAT
D (ISTAR) Company
(same as 2 PARA A (Command) Company)
(same as 2 PARA)
3 Rifle Companies
A, B & C Coys. B Coy includes No. 6 (Guards Parachute) Platoon, which is drawn from the 5 Foot Guards regiments.
(same as 2 PARA)
Drop Zone Flashes
Paratroopers from each Parachute Regiment batallion wear colour-coded flashes below their PARA Wings on their right arms to identify them.
Paras perform a static-line jump from a C-130 Hercules cargo plane
Parachute Regiment Ethos
The Paras' intensive training and regimental culture instills in them a fierce sense of confidence and aggression - qualities essential for airborne shock troops. The PARA's regimental motto is “’Utrinque Paratus’ (‘Ready for Anything’). Their ethos, training and experience makes a PARA an ideal candidate for joining the Special Air Service. It's been reported that the SAS is now made up of close to 60% ex-Paras.
The Paras have been at the forefront of many British actions in World War 2 and onwards. The Parachute Regiment further distinguished itself during the 1982 Falklands conflict, where they fought and won several key battles. Members of 3 PARA were recently (2006) deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan where they fought almost daily battles with Taliban forces. Paras in the SFSG provide continuing support to SAS and SBS operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Some notable Parachute Regiment operations include:
The Parachute Regiment is designed as a self-sufficient assault force. Everything needed for an operation is air-dropped / lifted into action with the men.
WMIK Land Rovers
Along with artillery units and mortars, the Paras bring along heavily armed WMIK (Weapon Mount Installation Kit) Land Rovers. WMIKs can be fitted with a range of weaponry including GPMGs, .50 cal HMGs, Milan anti-tank missiles launchers and anti-aircraft (SAM) missiles. Milan Anti-Tank missiles are not only effective against armour but are devastating when used against bunkers and dug-in positions. The combination of transportability, mobility and firepower are perfect for the Parachute Regiment who like to get in quick and hit hard.
These 6x6 versatile all-terrain vehicles are used as troop carriers by the Paras.
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