UK deploys paratroopers to Bosnia

A chartered Ukrainian An-124 airlifter delivering British Army Foxhound armoured patrol vehicles to Sarajevo ahead of EUFOR’s exercise ’Quick Response 2020’.

A chartered Ukrainian An-124 airlifter has delivered British Army Foxhound armoured patrol vehicles to the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, ahead of the start of the annual reinforcement exercise by the EU Force (EUFOR) peacekeeping force in the Balkan country, dubbed ‘Quick Response 2020’.

The deployment, based on A Company, The Parachute Regiment, is the first time British Army troops will have participated in the event since the United Kingdom left the EU earlier this year.

Images of the vehicles being unloaded in Sarajevo from the An-124 were posted on the Royal Air Force (RAF) Brize Norton twitter feed on 10 August, as well as personnel and equipment being unloaded from an RAF C-130J. The headquarters of EUFOR’s Operation ‘Althea’ at Camp Butmir in Sarajevo also released images on its website of Land Rover ambulances, MAN trucks, and tow trucks being unloaded from the An-124.

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Previewing the deployment, EUFOR said on its website on 3 August that the UK company would operate as part of its Multinational Battalion, alongside additional company-size elements from Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, and Romania.

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