Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Ukrainian paratroopers undergo HMMWV driver’s courses in Germany

Servicemen of 80th Separate Airborne Assault Brigade  of the Ukrainian Ground Forces underwent HMMWV driver’s courses held at the U.S. military base in Germany. The U.S. instructors conducted theoretical and practical training.

Servicemen worked out various crew’s actions and at the end of the courses got certificates.

The 80th Airmobile Brigade  is an airmobile formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces. The brigade is part of Operation Command West. The brigade traces its history back to the 80th Airborne Regiment, formed in 1955 as part of the Soviet airborne’s 7th Guards Airborne Division. Four years later, the regiment transferred to the 104th Guards Airborne Division. It participated in Operation Whirlwind in 1956 and Operation Danube in 1968. In 1979, the regiment was disbanded and used to form the 39th and 40th Separate Air Assault Brigades of the Soviet Army. The 39th Separate Air Assault Brigade became the 224th Training Center after transfer back to the Soviet airborne in 1990. The training center was taken over by Ukraine in 1992 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and became the 6th Separate Airmobile Brigade in 1995. In 1999, the brigade was reorganized into the 80th Airmobile Regiment, part of the 13th Army Corps. In 2013, the regiment was upgraded and became a brigade. The brigade fought in the War in Donbass.


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