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HMS Ocean warms up for Exercise Trident Juncture
HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy’s Flagship sailed from Livorno today and straight into the ‘warm up’ for the live phase of Exercise Trident Juncture.
The ‘Mighty O’ visited Livorno to stock up on supplies and to embark US Marines in preparation for the next, ‘Livex’ phase of NATO’s biggest exercise for 20 years.  Since leaving the UK last month, the ship has hosted the UK Maritime Battle Staff as it conducted a major ‘table top’ wargame and tested the communications that will enable it to command NATO’s warship in the forthcoming training scenarios.
For the ship, the tempo of operations has increased with the flight deck team and air traffic controllers working with the ship’s full complement of helicopters from the Fleet Air Arm and RAF.  Wildcats from 814 Naval Air Squadron, Merlin Mk2 from 847 Naval Air Squadron and Chinooks from 27 Squadron RAF, rehearsing the drills they will use to deliver 45 Commando Royal Marines and the US Marine Corps to the heart of the action in the coming weeks.

Trident Juncture Excersize

The four Wildcat helicopters from 847 Naval Air Squadron, based at RNAS Yeovilton, have spent the past few weeks being put through their paces on Exercise Trident Juncture. It has been an opportunity for the Battlefield Reconnaissance Helicopter (BRH) – […]

Two hundred and twenty military personnel from Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) made up of elements from Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) headquarters; 846 Naval Air Squadron and 659 Squadron 9 Regiment  Army Air Corps are currently deployed in Norway undertaking pre-deployment (PDT) and environmental training (EVT). 

Situated some 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle at the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) training facility near Bardufoss, Northern Norway, the JHC base known as 'Clockwork' provides survival and operational training and support facilities to enable aviation capable units arms to survive, operate and fight in extreme cold weather environments.

JHC 'Clockwork' has provided Joint Helicopter Command with an Arctic flying base for over 40 years the training provided by the facility is as relevant today as it has always been, as it enables military personnel to prepare for future operations.

Photograph shows a Commando Helicopter Force Merlin Mk3 Helicopter Force from 846 Naval Air Squadron conducting stage one trooping drills with Royal Marines from 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines near Hartstad Norway.

Arrcade Games – For Commando Fliers in the Baltic

A detachment of Merlin Mk3 helicopters, aircrew, engineers and support staff from Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) with 846 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) is the Royal Navy’s contribution to Arrcade Fusion 2015, the annual workout of NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps […]

Ex Skargard Finn

Ex Skargard Finn

The Stockholm Archipelago (Skärgård) consists of 30,000 small Islands off the East coast of Sweden. On the 31 Aug, 12 personnel from 5 Regt AAC and 2 instructors boarded a plane in Dublin to undertake an 8 day Sea Kayaking […]

AAC JNCOs Put Through Their Paces LZDZ Magazine

AAC JNCOs Put Through Their Paces

5 Regiment AAC hosted an Aviation PNCO CLM course 16th to 27th March this year. The course qualifies Lance Corporals to hold their rank. The course is designed to teach potential junior non-commission officers the skills with which to perform […]

Exercise Voijeks Strike LZDZ Online

Exercise Voijeks Strike

In January 663 Sqn, 3 Regt AAC planned and conducted Exercise VOIJEK’S STRIKE, an Attack Helicopter (AH) Sqn level Air Land Integration exercise alongside the RAF and US Force Elements from RAF LAKENHEATH and MILDENHALL. The Exercise was based out […]



The Joint Helicopter Command Headquarters conducted a road cycling tour in the Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps (12-20 Sep 14) to allow staff within JHC HQ to challenge themselves in the demanding terrain, whilst developing inter-departmental relationships and forming […]



Two Sea King Mk4 helicopters and 52 personnel of 845 Naval Air Squadron deployed on Exercise Albanian Lion, along with two full companies from 40 Commando Royal Marines, for what will be one of the last overseas deployment of this […]



Eleven members of The Royal Irish Regiment deployed to Burundi in East Africa to assist the preparation of the 30th Battalion, Burundi National Defence Force (BNDF), for their one year tour in Somalia as part of the African Union Mission […]

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