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Helicopters to play a key role in Olympic security

16th December 2011 - 10:40 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London

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Helicopters from the British Army and the Royal Air Force have been slated to play a key role in the protection of the 2012 London Olympics, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced.

Both RAF Pumas and army Lynx helicopters will be operated from naval ships during the Olympics to provide overwatch and airspace security. It's understood the helicopters will carry personnel equipped with sniper rifles.

Helicopters supporting the London events will be operated from the amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean which will be berthed on the River Thames at Greenwich, while HMS Bulwark will be moored in Weymouth

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Tony Osborne

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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