Troopers from three nations with one aim have come collectively on a coaching train in Bulgaria. The joint coaching started on 15 July, lasted two weeks and concerned almost 450 navy personnel and round 90 items of kit. C Firm 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment has taken half in Bulgaria’s annual navy train, Platinum Lion 22, on the Novo Selo coaching space alongside the host nation and United States Armed Forces. Throughout the tactical workouts, troops from 1 Royal Irish skilled along with Bulgarian troopers from the forty second Mechanized Battalion – Yambol, 2nd Mechanized Brigade – Stara Zagora, 2nd Mechanized Brigade – Karlovo, two tank platoons from the Specialist Coaching Middle – Sliven, in addition to a mechanized firm from the US Armed Forces. The goal of this 12 months’s train was to check and improve Allied nations’ capacity to conduct a defence operation as a part of a multinational joint operational drive.

Assistant to the Defence Attaché Flight Lieutenant Matthew Mind attended the Train Platinum Lion closing ceremony, which was noticed by senior NATO officers, and stated:”It was nice to see UK forces practice alongside their Bulgarian and US colleagues, share abilities between our nations and strengthen the deterrent defence potential of NATO’s jap flank. As a detailed NATO Ally, the UK stays dedicated to the safety within the Black Sea area.”


Officer Commanding, Main Ben Jones, stated:”C Firm was in Bulgaria to point out solidarity with our NATO Allies and develop how we function with one another’s forces. Train Platinum Lion was a wonderful alternative to do that and the Rangers of C Firm have learnt a lot from the Bulgarian and American troops. We have been immensely proud to serve alongside our Allies of the Bulgarian forty second Mechanised Battalion and the US 1-8 Infantry Regiment on this train and all through our deployment in Bulgaria.”

British troopers, assigned to Charlie Firm, 1st Battalion, 1st Royal Irish Regiment, sixteenth Air Assault Brigade Fight Workforce, refine techniques, strategies and procedures throughout a close-quarters battle coaching occasion throughout Train Platinum Lion 2022 at Novo Selo Coaching Space, July 30, 2022.(U.S. Military photograph by Pfc. Destinee Rodriguez)

Captain Jordan Greene, Officer Commanding Mortar Platoon, C Firm 1 Royal Irish Regiment stated:”We have been beneath the command of the US’s 1-8 Infantry, the ‘Preventing Eagles’. Our mission was to associate and mentor the Bulgarian forces. Train Platinum Lion noticed us develop our techniques and procedures in a taxing, multinational atmosphere. The train highlighted the significance of integration with our Allies. It’s not potential to function with partnered forces and not using a thorough interval of integration beforehand. An intimate understanding of one another’s capabilities permits for speedy decision-making, mutual help and, in the end, it allows us to type a reputable and efficient deterrent to any potential aggressor.”

Troopers obtained palms on expertise of every nation’s weapons methods. This included alternatives to fireplace the Bulgarian Land Forces AK-47 assault rifle, PKM machine gun, and MGS90 sniper rifle, the U.S. Military M4A1 assault rifle, M249 Squad Computerized Weapon, and M240L machine gun and the British Military’s L85A3 assault rifle and L7A1 Normal Goal Machine Gun. The Royal Irish Regiment troops arrived in Bulgaria in Could 2022 as a part of the UK’s ongoing dedication to growing and strengthening Bulgaria‘s defence and safety. The historical past of the Royal Irish Regiment stretches from 1688 to the campaigns of the twenty first century. Its previous regiments fought within the Battle of Waterloo, the Battle of the Somme and the Normandy landings. Lately, the Shropshire-based 1 Royal Irish Regiment has deployed to Afghanistan on many events and is at the moment deployed to Mali on Operation Newcombe, the UK’s dedication to the UN peacekeeping mission. The UK helps Bulgaria’s efforts to strengthen its defences following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. NATO Allies are resolved to do no matter is important to discourage threats to NATO territory and defend in opposition to any assaults.