RAF Merlins Prepared for Afghanistan

The UK Royal Air Force has launched a four-month series of environmental training exercises in the United States to prepare crews of its Agusta-Westland Merlin HC3/3A transport helicopters for operations in Afghanistan. RAF Merlins arrived at the U.S. Navy’s El Centro training facility near San Diego, California in late August to participate in Exercise Merlin Vortex. The Merlins will be flown initially by crews from the three flights that form the RAFs 78 Sqn, with their training to be...
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