Exercise CLOCKWORK is the name given to the UK Armed Forces’ annual Winter Deployment to the Arctic Circle in Norway with the objective to prepare all three services for the most unforgiving conditions experienced in this region, according to the RAF here.
The deployment will see a C-17, A400M, Hercules C-130 and Voyager aircraft transport personnel and equipment to Bardufoss Air Base in Norway to conduct this training.
The airbase is north of the Arctic circle and is strategically placed on NATO’s high north frontier.
The RAF say on their website:
“This is the C-17’s first use on this exercise and allows the transportation of Joint Helicopter Force helicopters such as the Apache to take part in the extreme cold weather training. During the exercise, the aircraft will be exercised in a war fighting role in a part of the country where temperatures can fall to lows of -30°c.”
Wing Commander Essex, Officer Commanding 99 Squadron, was quoted as saying:
“The C-17 gives the RAF the strategic capability to transport large equipment, such as an Apache over long distances, that in turn can be rapidly deployed. It is all about adding flexibility to succeed on operations.”