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RAF Chinook Carrying Army Land Rover
A Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter is pictured carrying an Army Land Rover as part of Exercise Wessex Thunder.
RAF Chinooks from RAF Odiham taking part in Exercise Wessex Thunder (Ex WT) on Salisbury Plain. Ex WT saw 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) working with the Omani Western Frontier Regiment from the Royal Omani Army over a 2 week lonf exercise which concluded in a co-ordinated attack on the urban warfare training facility at Copehill Down. 2 PARA launched the initial assault with the Omani troops arriving by two Chinook's to reinforce the paras and complete the capture of the village.
The Chinook's also moved vehicles around the plain as underslung loads.
Royal Air Force Odiham is situated in North Hampshire, 46 Miles south west of London . The nearest large town is Basingstoke, 7 miles to the West. The working population of the Station is about 2, 000, of which around 100 are civilians.
Royal Air Force Odiham operates three Support Helicopter (SH) squadrons and one Army Air Corps (AAC) Lynx squadron. A conversion flight is incorporated in one of SH squadrons. The flying units are supported by Forward Support Wing, which provides 2nd line aircraft, equipment engineering and logistics support, and by Base Support Wing, which manages the Station infrastructure, finance, welfare and other support tasks. Ops Wing is responsible for co-ordinating all aspects of operational and logistic output and also manages the airfield services.
Nos 7, 18 (B) and 27 squadrons, equipped with the Chinook HC2, HC2A and HC3 and No 657 Squadron (AAC) with its Lynx AH7s, operate in support of NATO and UK interests worldwide, providing direct support to the Army. No 18 (B) Squadron additionally operates a training flight to convert pilots and crewmen to fly the Chinook. The Joint Helicopter Support Squadron is also based at Royal Air Force Odiham and deploys with the squadrons to provide specialist underslung load support and landing site management in
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RAF Typhoon Display Team Jet for 2014
The newly painted tail of the RAF Typhoon Display jet, from 29 Reserve (R) Squadron (Sqn) is flown for the first time and accompanied by a Typhoon in the original design.
29(R) Sqn are based at Royal Air Force (RAF) Coningsby in Lincolnshire and their prim, ary role is to provide support to air operations and train new pilots on the Eurofighter Typhoon airframe. They are also home to the Eurofighter Typhoon Display Team, with pilot Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Noel Rees piloting the display and supported by squadron engineers and other station personnel.
The tail was designed by Adam Johnson of Adam Johnson Concepts and painted by Serco contractors based at RAF Coningsby. It took 4 days to complete and contains the squadrons eblem, the buzzard and it's famous XXX.
The purpose of the Typhoon Display team is to show audiences its varied and expansive capabilities. The multi-role fighter jet is the newest in the RAF and the most advanced. It recently saw it's first combat experience over Libya in 2011 and were deployed to Cyprus to protect the Sovereign Base Area last year. There are currently four Typhoon Squadrons based at RAF Coningsby; 29(R) Sqn; 41 Test & Evaluation Squadron (TES); 11 Fighter (F) Squadron and 3 Fighter (F) Squadron. It is also home the the Typhoon Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) South squadron, who can be launched at anytime to police British Airspace as required. This was called into action most recently intercepting a Pakistani Airlines flight which was reported hijacked last year. There are also a further two Squadrons based in Scotland at RAF Leuchars as well as QRA North.
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Hms Ocean Arrives in Caribbean to Boost Uk Disaster Relief Effort
Pictured is a Wildcat from the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) 847 Naval Air Squadron conducting Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) training on HMS Ocean, in preparation for arrival in the Caribbean during the UK Military operation (Op Ruman) in support of those effected by Hurricane IRMA.
HMS OCEAN was tasked to support the government's Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR), providing assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane IRMA.
In early September 2017 Hurricane Irma moved through the Caribbean region, causing absolute devastation wherever it landed. The British Overseas Territories of Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands suffered lasting damage.
All three services and other government departments along with hundreds of troops were involved in the huge humanitarian effort.
Ships, planes and helicopters delivered tonnes of supplies to the UK nationals and locals caught up in the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.
RFA Mounts Bay had already been deployed to the area for Hurricane season and was able to offer almost immediate assistance. Her Wildcat helicopter and Mexefloat landed over 6 tons of supplies and personnel to offer both engineering and medical support to Anguilla, then the British Virgin Islands.
Soon after, the Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean was diverted from a NATO deployment in the Med to offer further assistance to the region. She sailed to Gibraltar to embark supplies, vehicles and building materials (mostly donated by the Government of Gibraltar). Four Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook helicopters carrying aid for embarkation in Gibraltar flew from RAF Benson via fuelling stops in Spain.
RAF C17, VOYAGER and ATLAS aircraft deployed to the region carrying medical supplies rations, clean water and shelters along with specialist personnel from all three services. The aircraft landed first in Barbados which was used as a hub to distribute all aid. Further C17s carrying Puma helicopters then landed on the