A total of 350 members of the 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, based at Colchester Garrison, are undergoing training in Norfolk before they go out to Afghanistan next month.
They will be tasked with protecting NATO military, civilian advisors and UK mentors who are based at the National Army Officer’s Academy in Kabul.
Their preparations are designed to familiarise the team with Foxhound patrol and civilian armoured vehicles. These will help the 350-strong group of paratroopers to navigate the busy streets of the Afghan capital.
Parachute Regiment training officer Captain Tom Shaw, said: “We have been working with the Foxhound and CAVs for several months and our paratroopers have shown the flexibility to adapt to a different way of operating quite easily. The training has been thorough to prepare for any eventuality we might face.”