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Army Air Corps

50,000 Afghan flying hours for Apache - 15 April 2014

The Apache attack helicopters operated by the Army Air Corps have flown their 50,000th hour on operation in Afghanistan recently - a third of all UK Apache flying and a huge proportion of the total. Apache helicopters have been conducting operations in Afghanistan since 2006, deploying initially with 16 Air Assault Brigade, shortly after being introduced into service with the British Army.

3 Regiment Army Air Corps in command of Joint Helicopter Force on biggest annual Exercise in Europe - 8 April 2014

An aviation assault to capture the airfield at Kinloss Barracks marked 16 Air Assault Brigade’s arrival on Exercise Joint Warrior, the biggest annual military exercise in Europe. Troops from the 3 PARA Battlegroup landed at Kinloss in Chinook, Merlin and Puma 2 support helicopters, protected by Apache attack helicopters, to assault the airfield. The 1,600-strong 3 PARA BG deployed on Joint Warrior is built around the airborne infantry of 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment bolstered by artillery, engineers, medics, signallers and logisticians from 16 Air Assault Brigade. The 600-strong Joint Helicopter Force, part of the Joint Helicopter Command, which includes Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force helicopters providing transport, attack and reconnaissance support to troops on the ground, is being commanded by the Brigade’s 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, based at Wattisham in Suffolk

Elements of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps to deploy in June 2014 - 6 April 2014

The Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond, has announced that the next deployment of United Kingdom's Armed Forces in Afghanistan, including elements of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps located at Wattisham, is due to take place in June 2014. As HQ Task Force Helmand will have integrated into Regional Command (South West) on 1 April 2014, around half of the units deploying will come under UK command within the United States Marine Corps Commanded Headquarters. The remainder will deploy elsewhere within Camp Bastion and in Kandahar and Kabul as part of the UK’s overall contribution.

 

An Apache AH Mk1 from 673 Squadron Army Air Corps conducts a training sortie on flying in confined spaces. The video includes commentary by the handling pilot as he manoeuvres around the confined space and lowers the aircraft into an area surrounded by trees and shrubs. 

Apache Attack Helicopter Mk1 undertakes confined areas flying

The video shows an Apache AH Mk1 from 673 Squadron Army Air Corps conducting a sortie on confined areas flying. Confined areas training allows Army pilots to operate rotary aircraft in spaces that are constrained by terrain or by the presence of obstructions, either natural or manmade. 673 Squadron Army Air Corps (AAC) are part of 7 Regiment AAC based at Middle Wallop, Hampshire and provide Conversion to Type training for both experienced and newly qualified pilots in the Corps.

Dedication of Army Air Corps Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum

On Wednesday 2 October 2013 the dedication of the AAC Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum took place presided by the Dean of Salisbury. The memorial was created in Portland stone featuring an obelisk mounted on a plinth. The obelisk is surmounted by a bronze eagle and lower faces incorporate the carved badges of the Army Air Corps, the Glider Pilot Regiment, the Air Observation Post Squadrons and the eagle and crown representing Army Aviation. The front of the plinth simply features ARMY AIR CORPS with the Corps Collect carved into the rear plate.

On 2 October 2013 the dedication of the Army Air Corps Memorial took place at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.

The Army Air Corps operates alongside the other Combat Arms of the Infantry and Royal Armoured Corps.

The Army Historic Aircraft Flight is located at Middle Wallop, Hampshire.