Exercise GREEN MAELSTROM has seen 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) put through its paces and celebrate one of its heroes.


The training, on the arduous terrain of the Otterburn Ranges in Northumbria, focussed on building up the paratroopers’ skills in carrying out live fire section attacks, both by day and at night.


The McKay VC Competition was also held to test the unit’s wider military abilities. 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.


Photos: Sgt Si Longworth, MoD Crown Copyright 2014