A paratrooper from Ribbleton is currently training in Georgia as part of a major multinational exercise.
Private Kieran Ainsworth of C (Bruneval) Company, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, is one of 2,800 soldiers across eight countries to take part in the Exercise Noble Partner.
This particular exercise aims to develop the ability of NATO armies to respond together to emerging crises while training Georgian troops to serve with the NATO Response Force.
It is two weeks long in total and enables soldiers to learn from other armies across the world.
Pte Ainsworth, aged 20, has trained Georgian soldiers in infantry tactics and fired the US Army’s M4A1 assault rifle, within the exercise.
The training is to build towards a 72 hour simulated mission for the multinational force.
Pte Ainsworth said: “This exercise has been really good for the camaraderie of working with other nations, talking to different soldiers and learning about their Army and their culture.
“We can gain a lot from working with other armies, by comparing how each of us does the same job slightly differently and taking from that.
“It’s very hot in Georgia with temperatures over 35C and dealing with the heat has been hard for a Preston lad but I’m getting used to it!”
The paratrooper is a former pupil of Corpus Christi Catholic High School, in Fulwood, and has been in the army for three years.