Survival at sea: How RNAS Yeovilton prepares aircrew for the worst-case scenario

Watch: Sea survival drills run at RNAS Yeovilton.

Sea survival drills are a critical part of aircrew training, and at a state-of-the-art facility in RNAS Yeovilton, military personnel undergo rigorous exercises designed to prepare them for the worst-case scenario of an aircraft ditching into the ocean.

These drills, which are conducted at least once a year, use world-leading equipment and are designed to be as challenging and realistic as possible, with wind, rain, and wave machines simulating real-life conditions.

Prior to entering the water, personnel are given a classroom briefing on the equipment and its operation.

Forces News had the opportunity to witness this training firsthand, shown in the video above, observing aircrew personnel undergoing sea survival drills at the world-leading facility in RNAS Yeovilton.

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