Date: Monday January 20, 2020 at 8:43am
Working under the strong downwash created by the rotors of a
Chinook helicopter, troops have practised a key skill to move supplies around
Soldiers from 13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistic
Corps (13 AASR) rigged and hooked up vehicles and equipment to be moved as
under slung loads by an RAF Chinook helicopter. By day (16 Jan) and night (15
Jan), troops on the ground and aircrew worked together to polish their skills,
moving loads between the parade square at Merville Barracks and Friday Woods in
Moving vehicles and supplies as under slung loads uses the
pace and range of helicopters to out manoeuvre the enemy and allows units to be
supported at a greater distance from their base.
Corporal Lewis Haddon is a Landing Point Commander, trained
to supervise the rigging and marshalling of under slung loads on the ground.
“I really enjoy working underneath helicopters,” he said.
“It’s noisy and the downwash is really strong, you just have to block that out
and focus on following your drills properly and safely. Using helicopters means
we can push supplies forward further and faster on an operation, and with less
danger than road moves.”
13 AASR’s core role is to provide logistic and equipment
support to 16 Air Assault Brigade, the British Army’s airborne rapid reaction
force. It is trained and equipped for parachute, helicopter and air landing
January 2020 13:47 Hours