On Thursday 3 October the 1st Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who are here to take part in Quick Response 2019 (QR19), completed integration training with EUFOR’s helicopter crews.
The troops trained with Blackhawk and Agusta Bell 212 helicopters from the Austrian Air Force, allowing them to practise their mounting and dismounting drills, to ensure they were fast and proficient.
Major Ollie the Platoon Commander expressed how useful the training was as it allowed his troops to familiarise with the layout and correct procedures on both types. Excellent levels of cooperation between the Austrian Aircrew and the Gurkha Infantry meant that the training was completed quickly and a high standard of proficiency was reached.
Exercise Quick Response is the annual test of EUFOR’s capability to rapidly reinforce its troops in BiH with part of its reserve forces which are held at high-readiness in partner nations. The exercise runs in cooperation with BiH authorities, Armed Forces BiH and Law Enforcement Agencies and will take place in locations all over BiH between the 7-11 October.