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Soldiers from 3 Para Parachute from a Hercules Aircraft Featured Images Dated Print

Soldiers from 3 Para Parachute from a Hercules Aircraft

Paratroopers descend to earth from a Royal Air Force Hercules aircraft during a demonstration of their skills.
Over 120 troops from A Company, 3 PARA, ( 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment) demonstrated their skills to forty NATO Defence Attaches as part of the Airborne Task Force.
The attaches watched as the Para's deployed out of two C130 Hercules aircraft flying at 800 feet above the Everleigh Dropping Zone (DZ) on Salisbury Plain. The Exercise, named EAGLES FLIGHT, included Helicopter assaults and Rapid Air Landings at South Cerney airfield.
3 PARA's main role along with 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, is to train as part of the British Army's rapid reaction force

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Royal Navy Merlin Helicopter Featured Images Dated Print

Royal Navy Merlin Helicopter

A Royal Navy Merlin helicopter taking part in an exercise over the south of England.
Merlin Mk1 the world's most potent submarine hunting helicopter. The Merlin Mk1 have been in service with the Fleet Air Arm since the late 1990s and, after thorough testing and evaluation, the helicopters have been on the front line since 2000.
Our job is to find and if necessary destroy enemy submarines using our state-of-the-art sonar buoys which we drop into the ocean and Sting Ray torpedoes. Beyond searching for submarines, we carry out traditional maritime helicopter duties: anti-piracy/drug-running patrols, surveillance and reconnaissance, search and rescue, and passenger and load transfers.
There are more than 40 Merlins in service with the Fleet Air Arm in training and front-line squadrons. Most of these are in the middle of a £750m upgrade to turn the Merlin Mk1 into the Merlin Mk2 which has more powerful computer systems and is easier for aircrew to operate.
This image was an entry to the Peregrine Trophy 2013 Royal Navy Photographic Competition