In pictures: RAF Mountain Rescue teams conduct annual winter training in Scotland

RAF Valley MRT (Mountain Rescue Team) took to the icy Scottish mountains for their annual RAF MRS (Mountain Rescue Service) winter training week.

All three RAF MRTs (RAF Leeming MRT, RAF Lossiemouth MRT and RAF Valley MRT) take part in the winter training week which aims to introduce winter skills to new troops and consolidate advanced skills for the more experienced.

Troops carried out avalanche rescue techniques, such as probing, and then used snow anchors to lower the simulated casualty to safety in the Cairngorms National Park.

The RAF Mountain Rescue Service was formed in 1943, and since then has sustained a high readiness capability for search and rescue (SAR) and aircraft post-crash management operations.

During the training, a party of troops hiked up to Aonach air' Chrith on the Glen Shiel south ridge, near Fort William, to conduct a winter gully scramble that aimed to improve their skills to move safely and expertly on the technical ground to reach downed aircrew on operations.

The service was born out of a wartime necessity to save the lives of downed aircrew in the mountainous regions of the UK.

In January, Keswick Mountain Rescue thanked the RAF personnel for their support in saving two walkers during their first callout of 2023 – less than an hour into the new year.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team joined by RAF for New Year mountain rescue 01012023 CREDIT Keswick Mountain Rescue Team.jpg
RAF personnel and mountain rescuers saved walkers from a Lake District fell on New Year's Day (Picture: Keswick Mountain Rescue Team).

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