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Number 230 Squadron Puma Helicopters from RAF Benson have been performing dust landing drills in pairs on Exercise Saif Sareea 3 in Oman. The drills are designed to test Aircrew and the aircraft’s ability to land, and then take off again, in dusty environments such as the Omani desert whilst maintaining situational awareness of the second aircraft.

230 Squadron Puma Helicopter from RAF Benson flys over the Omani desert as it moves between dust landings during Exercise Saif Sareea 3

The RAF helicopter squadron from RAF Benson are located at the Convoy Support Centre along the East Coast of Oman for the duration of the exercise. The aircraft and crew serve a vital role as they form part of the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) meaning they are on constant call to provide medical help and transport to those involved in the exercise around the country if needed.

230 Squadron Puma Helicopter from RAF Benson flys over the Omani desert as it moves between dust landings during Exercise Saif Sareea 3.

Exercise Saif Sareea 3 is a bilateral training exercise held in Oman, that helps to strengthen and develop the defence relationship between Oman and the United Kingdon. Over 5,000 British personnel from The Royal Navy, British Army and The Royal Air Force are training alongside their counterparts in The Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces.

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230 Squadron Puma Helicopter from RAF Benson flys over the Omani desert as it moves between dust landings during Exercise Saif Sareea 3.

| British Armed Forces News

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Photographer: SAC Will Drummee RAF

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