A combined engineer unit, consisting of the German Army’s 130th Engineer Battalion (PzPiBtl 130) personal and the British Army’s 23rd Engineer Troops, operated the General Dynamics European Land Systems M3 motorized floating bridge to cross the Vistula river near Chełmno, Poland.

It was built as part of the Anakonda 2016 exercise, a Polish Operational Command-led multinational training event with the support of the U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR). The exercise was designed to strengthen military cooperation, cohesion and interoperability among NATO and partner nations.

During Anakonda 2016 exercise, the 350m floating bridge was built by 8 British and 22 German M3 systems in 35 minutes. After the assembly was complete, vehicles from participating NATO land forces crossed over the bridge.

Germany and United Kingdom are the only NATO nations which operate M3 system.

Ex Anakonda_08Jun2016 b(NATO).

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