new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Paratroopers on Exercise in Northumberland | by Defence Images
Back to photostream

Paratroopers on Exercise in Northumberland

A paratrooper from C Company, 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) during live firing training on Otterburn ranges in Northuimberland.


Paratroopers competed against each other to be the best, while celebrating one of The Parachute Regiment's heroes.


The McKay VC Competition saw sections from 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) put through paces around the arduous terrain of the Otterburn Ranges in Northumbria. The contest saw troops in full battle rig take part in a 15km night navigation exercise including stands testing their signalling, medical and parachute packing skills; an assault course; and live fire section attacks.


The competition honours the memory of Sergeant Ian McKay, who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his "outstanding selflessness, perseverance and courage" during the Falklands War in 1982. Sgt McKay VC was killed during the assault on Mount Longdon when he attacked an Argentine position alone and under heavy fire.




© Crown Copyright 2014

Photographer: Sgt Si Longworth RLC (Phot)

Image 45158241.jpg from



Use of this image is subject to the terms and conditions of the MoD News Licence at


For latest news visit

Follow us:

20 faves
1 comment
Taken on December 2, 2014