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The Chinook Force Training for War Exercise VENTUS MAGNUS

  A large proportion of the RAF Odiham-based Chinook Force has recently rotated through US Naval Facility, El Centro (NAFEC) in southern California in preparation for ongoing operations in Afghanistan. This deployment, the first for No 18 and 27 Squadrons, […]


  Through the Eyes of Lt Col Adam Griffths MBE, Commanding Officer 5 SCOTS Op HERRICK 13 is over now for 5 SCOTS and it is time to reflect on what has passed. It has been an extremely successful tour […]

Op HERRICK 13, 7 Para RHA

  7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7 Para RHA) deployed on Op HERRICK 13 with clear tasks; the provision of joint fires to the Battle Groups, precision targeting, and to partner the Afghan National Army (ANA) Artillery. 7 Para RHA […]

America’s Green Zone, El Centro, USA

  661 Squadron of 1 Regiment Army Air Corps swapped the cool ranges of Gütersloh, Germany for the hot Californian desert. They have been honing their skills at El Centro Air Base where they can gain the most realistic training […]

Air Signaller Course

The first Flight Operations Assistants Rotary Course (FOARC) was delivered in June 2011 at the Central Air Traffic Control School (CATCS), RAF Shawbury. This brand new course is aimed at preparing personnel who will be employed in the dynamic world […]

Chinook ‘Stage 1 Drill’ Trainer

JHC has just taken delivery of a Chinook Stage 1 Drill Trainer, a simple but effective Simulator made from an ISO container and some Chinook seating canvas. It has successfully completed its first training session, teaching Stage 1 Drills (drills […]

Lynx Mk9A on OP HERRICK, Afghanistan

  The Lynx helicopter just keeps getting better and better! Designed to operate on the open plains of Northern Europe, it was not surprising to see that the old Lynx aircraft struggled to cope with the demands of flying in […]

16 Medical Regiment Op HERRICK 13

  From the formal Transfer of Authority from 3 Med Regt on 14th October 2010 the Regiment settled into its operational role quickly. Working under the name of the UK Close Support Medical Regiment, medics, drivers and comms specialists alike […]

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