British sappers visit Spanish counterparts

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Soldiers from the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.

A GROUP of British military engineers from the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) visited the Spanish Legion’s Alvarez de Sotomayor base in Almeria on Tuesday April 12.

The delegation, headed by a UK Lieutenant Colonel, attended a conference at which they met the Rey Alfonso XIII brigade in order to learn about their organisation and capabilities, such as their integration with the Spanish sappers combat engineers.

The British soldiers also attended a static exhibition with details of the logistics employed by the sappers, particularly in relation to the vehicles used.

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Later in the day, the visiting delegates were given a full combat demonstration at the tactical manoeuvres and shooting range.

The Spanish military contributes around 3,000 soldiers to the VJTF, which comprises a series of rapid response units on permanent alert, and able to mobilise anywhere in the world within two to five days. In Spain, these are based at Figuereido in Galicia, Siero in Asturias and Betera in Valencia.

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