13 November 2012
Soldiers from 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) are using Air Portable Ferry Bridge (APFB) equipment to cross Kielder Water, the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe.
APFB is designed to be moved by helicopter and can be used as a conventional bridge or as a self-propelled ferry to cross wider obstacles, which is how it will be used at Keilder Water.
The crossing is part of Exercise EAGLES SAPPER, which is designed to test the unit in their role providing combat engineering support to 16 Air Assault Brigade, the British Army′s rapid reaction force, allowing it to fight, move and live. The exercise places troops in a humanitarian relief operation in a country facing famine and struggling to recover from damage caused by a tsunami, with government control undermined by insurgents.
Filming and interview opportunities will be available during the APFB build and crossing of Keilder Water, on land and water. An Army News Team will be in attendance able to provide video footage.
WHERE: Tower Knowe Visitor Centre, Kielder, Northumberland, NE48 1BX
WHEN: Friday 16 November, 10.30am
CONTACT: Please confirm your attendance with Gareth Palmer, 16 Air Assault Brigade press officer, on 07767 664193.