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RAF Personnel Practise Providing Humanitarian Aid At Short Notice

Exercise Swift Pirate has been testing aircrew's ability to react to emergencies in the world at short notice.

RAF personnel who get cargo and humanitarian aid ready to fly anywhere in the world at short notice have been practising their skills.

1 Air Mobility Wing have been taking part in Exercise Swift Pirate at RAF Wittering, testing their ability to respond to emergencies at short notice.

The four-week exercise saw the squadron practice loading and off-loading equipment, checking kit, setting camp and dealing with a sudden attack.

Squadron Leader Tim Frogley said the skills practised on the exercise are "very important" for aircrew when on deployment. 

1 Air Mobility Wing, the RAF's main moving force, have recently returned from overseas operations.

One of their deployments was to the Caribbean to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The skills practised on Exercise Swift Pirate have been described as "very important" by Squadron Leader Frogley.
The skills practised on Exercise Swift Pirate have been described as "very important" by Squadron Leader Frogley.

The mission, codenamed Operation Ruman, was the fastest tempo of air movements since Operation Herrick in Afghanistan. 

Sergeant Nigel Dunstan said: "Our job was obviously very busy [in the Caribbean]. 

"We were working in austere locations without power, water and the training that we've been given this week is trying to replicate those sort of scenarios that we've used in the past and will use in the future."

Once the exercise is over, 1 Air Mobility Wing will return to their home base of RAF Brize Norton on high readiness alert.