13 Chinook, Apache and Wildcat helicopters are heading out to support Exercise Wessex Storm.
Exercise Wessex Storm sees the 2 PARA Battlegroup training on Salisbury Plain to confirm its skills and readiness to serve as the lead infantry unit within 16 Air Assault Brigade, the British Army’s global response force.
Six of the best on their way. Well done to our incredible engineers. pic.twitter.com/RtZA8Az01P
— 18 (Bomber) Squadron (@18Squadron) December 4, 2020
The six-week manoeuvres started with live-fire training for the French and US paratroopers to introduce them to British training procedures.
— 4 Regiment Army Air Corps (@4RegimentAAC) December 4, 2020
The battlegroup includes a company of some 150 troops from the French 2e Régiment Etranger de Parachutistes (2e REP) and a 40-strong platoon from the US Army’s 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment.
At lunch time today up to 13 helicopters will be departing RAF Odiham heading out to support Exercise #WessexStorm.
We hope we aren’t too noisy! We’d love to see your images if you see us overhead!
— RAF Odiham (@RAF_Odiham) December 4, 2020
The exercise builds up to a demanding simulated mission involving parachuting, rapid airlanding and air assault operations.