Balkans deployment cancelled after alleged Parachute Regiment orgy video

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A UK navy deployment to Bosnia and Kosovo has been cancelled following the emergence of a “corrosive and detrimental” video which appeared to point out paratroopers concerned in an orgy at a navy base.

Some 300 service members have been scheduled for a deployment to the Balkan nations beginning in September, earlier than the invention of the footage that has been discovered to have been “consensual”, however might be construed to “denigrate girls”.

Lieutenant Normal Andrew Harrison, the brand new British Military chief and the colonel commandant of the Parachute Regiment, wrote in a letter that Normal Sir Patrick Sanders had “briefly misplaced belief” within the unit’s third battalion.

“This afternoon the Chief of the Normal Workers (CGS), Normal Sir Patrick Sanders, took the choice to take away 3 Para off the roster to deploy to Kosovo this summer season,” he wrote.

“3 Para has a unprecedented operational fame within the service of our nation, and each member of it is going to be devastated by the misplaced alternative to serve on operations as soon as once more within the Balkans.

“CGS’s determination was based mostly on current disciplinary incidents on Train Swift Response, and in Merville Barracks, the latter which has been within the public area over the previous couple of weeks.”

“3 Para settle for they’ve briefly misplaced the belief of CGS,” the colonel commandant added.

“They are going to replicate on and the place required modify behaviours and tradition that undermines the fame and operational effectiveness of an distinctive battalion.

“3 Para after all stay able to defend our nation’s pursuits at house and overseas at a second’s discover.”

Eight paratroopers had been positioned underneath police investigation after being filmed having an orgy with a civilian girl.

Sir Patrick wrote in his personal letter, obtained by the Every day Telegraph, that the alleged behaviour within the video had been discovered to be consensual and the Royal Army Police had established no crime had been dedicated.

Nonetheless, he mentioned it was “unacceptable, corrosive and detrimental to the Military’s fame (and) is also construed to denigrate girls”.

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“I do know that the battalion will reply rapidly and restore the fame that they deserve,” he added.

“My message to the Military is obvious: Our licence to function is based on belief and confidence and we should maintain ourselves to the best requirements.”

Earlier this month the Armed Forces minister was pressured to apologise over the orgy clip.

James Heappey mentioned he was “sorry and embarrassed,” condemning the “disgraceful” video.

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