British Army engineers build 350m-long amphibious bridge

9 June 2016 (Last Updated June 9th, 2016 18:30)

The British Army has constructed a 350m-long amphibious bridge capable of carrying armoured vehicles in Chelmno, Poland.

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The British Army has constructed a 350m-long amphibious bridge capable of carrying armoured vehicles in Chelmno, Poland.

The bridge was built by 107 Field Squadron and 75 Engineer Regiment, which comprises elements from two separate amphibious engineering troops.

British Army engineers also worked with personnel from 130 Pioneer Battalion of the Bundeswehr, the unified armed forces of Germany, during the construction.

The process involved interlocking M3 amphibious rigs in the midst of US Army Europe's joint training exercise, Anakonda, in Eastern Europe.

Said to be longest of its type, the amphibious bridge allowed American, German and Polish troops to move armoured vehicles to support paratroopers during the exercise.

"The process involved interlocking M3 amphibious rigs in the midst of US Army Europe's joint training exercise, Anakonda, in Eastern Europe."

The Anakonda programme aims to train multiple nations together to fulfil common security interests.

Taking part in the exercise are more than 31,000 participants from 24 nations, including Albania, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK and the US.

The exercise demonstrates the UK's commitment to the Wales Nato summit.

The UK has committed to contribute troops to the current Spanish and Polish-led rotations of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF).

The country is expected to take the lead in 2017, when it will contribute 3000 personnel.


Image: The 350m-long amphibious bridge is capable of carrying armoured vehicles. Photo: courtesy of Crown Copyright.