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UK helicopter crews prepare for Afghanistan

12th August 2011 - 10:12 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Netheravon


A major exercise has been testing the crews of the UK's Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) as they prepare for deployment to Afghanistan.

Around 440 personnel and up to 20 helicopters have been deployed to the Salisbury Plain in support of Mission Rehearsal Exercise, Pashtun Dawn, testing the ground troops of Germany-based 20th Armoured Brigade, who are set to deploy to Helmand Province in the coming months.

Furthermore the exercise also tests and validates JHC's tactics, techniques and procedures on operations. The JHC portion of the exercise is known as Pashtun Jaguar.

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

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

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