4 Regiment Army Air Corp Gazelle Helicopter
4 Regiment Army Air Corp Gazelle conducted winter training in the mountainous region above Bardufoss, Norway.
Exercise Clockwork 06 was a 14-week training exercise, which ran from December 05 to March 06 and was held at the Norwegian Air Force base of Bardufoss. Its aim was to prepare personnel from all three services to operate in extreme cold weather environments, such as might be experienced during winters in the Balkans or Afghanistan.
Throughout the flying phase of the exercise, Joint Helicopter Command Battlefield helicopter crews from the Royal Air Force, Army and Royal Navy, practiced such skills as snow landings in whiteout conditions, moving personnel from point to point and conducting navigation exercises. Personnel from 33 Squadron RAF Benson, also practised carrying under slung loads beneath their Puma helicopters, during both day and night operations.
The 3rd phase of the exercise, saw participants attend a cold weather survival course, during which they spent 5 days and 4 nights in the Arctic environment of the 500 metre high Norwegian mountains surrounding Bardufoss, where temperatures dropped as low as minus 32 degrees and visibility fell to just a few metres. Mandatory for all personnel who had not done survival training, they learnt how to survive in the sub zero temperatures by digging snow holes, navigating in the harsh terrain and responding to an enemy attack
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German sailors on the SMS Thetis - Crossing the line
German sailors on the SMS Thetis (the fourth member of the ten-ship Gazelle class, built by the Imperial German Navy) - the crossing-the-line ceremony during the crossing of the equator. Photograph taken in the early 1920s, when the Thetis was a ship of the Weimar Republic Reichsmarine. Date: circa early 1920s
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