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The Black Sea Region is an area of strategic importance for the UK, with the UK Armed Forces, allies and partners working in the region to deepen international relationships, improve interoperability and advance regional security.

Soldiers from 13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC supported the exercise in Ukraine.

Soldiers from the UK global response force, 16 Air Assault Brigade (including personnel serving in 13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC) conducted the largest parachute drop in decades into Ukraine last month, under the title ‘Exercise JOINT ENDEAVOUR’.

Invited to participate in the exercise by the Government of Ukraine, the British Army sent circa 250 paratroopers from the Brigade as a representation of the Army’s capability in this space; showing solidarity with the Ukraine.

The UK’s involvement in Ex JOINT ENDEAVOUR primarly took place between 15-25 September.

The exercise, which took place close to the Crimean border, saw British troops working closely alongside Ukrainian Airborne Forces, testing the capability of the UK to move rapidly to support its allies, should the need arise.

It provided an opportunity to improve the UK and Ukraine’s interoperability in the Black Sea Region and acted as a chance to share their expertise and knowledge as well as building upon Ukraine’s capacity, resilience and further strengthen its ability to defend itself.

For more information, click here to watch the British Army’s video about Ex JOINT ENDEAVOUR.

The Royal Logistic Corps

On Wednesday 14 October, The RLC Individual and Team Orienteering Championships took place on Mytchett Training Area. 115 competitors from 27 units took on a score event in which individuals had one hour to reach as many of the 24 checkpoints as possible. The four team members who score the highest points count towards the team result, where teams tie on points, the team with the fastest time to score those points wins.

Congratulations to all who were involved and well done to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, Marchwood who were the champion male team, 162 Regiment RLC who were the champion female team and Army Drivers Northern Ireland (152 Regiment RLC) the champion Reserve team.

Lieutenant Huw Stradling was the overall winner, closely followed by Major Richard Barrett in second and Captain Terry Furlong took third place. Major Sophie Spenser-Small was the female winner with Lieutenant Colonel S Braine and Colonel Lucy Giles hot on her heels.

For more information about getting involved in orienteering, contact your respective sports officer or visit
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