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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 Chinooks to reinforce the paras and complete the capture of the village.
The Chinooks 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 (aC) 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 (aC) 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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This print showcases a Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter in action, carrying an Army Land Rover as part of Exercise Wessex Thunder. The exercise took place on Salisbury Plain and involved 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) working alongside the Omani Western Frontier Regiment from the Royal Omani Army. During the two-week long exercise, 2 PARA launched an initial assault, with Omani troops arriving by two Chinooks to reinforce their efforts and successfully capture a village. In addition to troop transport, the versatile Chinooks also undertook vehicle transportation across the plain as underslung loads. Royal Air Force Odiham, located in North Hampshire, serves as home base for three Support Helicopter squadrons and one Army Air Corps Lynx squadron. These units are responsible for providing direct support to NATO and UK interests worldwide while supporting the army's operations. The dedicated personnel at RAF Odiham consist of approximately 2, 000 individuals, including both military personnel and civilians. The station is supported by Forward Support Wing for aircraft maintenance and logistics support, Base Support Wing managing infrastructure and welfare tasks, and Ops Wing coordinating operational output. Sgt Ross Tilly captured this remarkable moment during Exercise Wessex Thunder—an impressive display of joint military cooperation between British forces and their Omani counterparts.
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