RAF Supports Scotland Virus Response

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Puma helicopters from RAF Benson being readied to fly to  Kinloss Barracks in Moray. RAF Crown Copyright/SAC Ryan Murray

From March 27, three RAF Puma helicopters will be stationed at Kinloss Barracks in Moray. The Pumas will work closely with a Chinook and a Wildcat helicopter based at RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire, to meet any requests for assistance from NHS boards and trusts across Scotland and Northern England.

A second helicopter facility will cover the Midlands and Southern England working out of The Aviation Task Force Headquarters at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. Chinook and Wildcat helicopters normally based at RAF Odiham and RNAS Yeovilton respectively will support the southern areas.

The helicopter facilities have been set up to support medical transports across Scotland and the rest of the UK. The new task force will also be available for general support such as moving equipment and personnel across the wider UK.

All the helicopter forces will be supported by the Joint Helicopter Support Squadron, normally based at RAF Benson, as well as the Tactical Supply Wing, based at MOD Stafford. Personnel from all three services across the Joint Helicopter Command will be coming together to support the task force.

 

Text from MOD press release

Puma helicopters from RAF Benson being readied to fly to  Kinloss Barracks in Moray. RAF Crown Copyright/SAC Ryan Murray

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