An RAF Chinook lifts a water pump on exercise with emergency services on the Isle of Wight (Picture: RAF).
An RAF Chinook (Picture: RAF).
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RAF Chinook tests cargo capabilities with Isle of Wight emergency services

An RAF Chinook lifts a water pump on exercise with emergency services on the Isle of Wight (Picture: RAF).
An RAF Chinook (Picture: RAF).

A Chinook from RAF Odiham has demonstrated its cargo-lifting capabilities on exercise with the Isle of Wight's emergency services.

The helicopter lifted a 3.3-tonne high-pressure water pump as part of Exercise Resilient Vectis, on which the island's emergency services familiarised themselves with the procedures required for working in and around military helicopters.

The Chinook's aircrew worked with a joint RAF/Army team, from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, that specialises in securing air cargo for helicopters in pressurised conditions, in Joint Helicopter Command (JHC).

JHC has a helicopter on short notice to deploy anywhere in the UK at short notice, in the event of emergencies such as severe weather conditions, or the need to evacuate civilians.

It was praised for its efforts in helping to protect residents from rising waters in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, in 2019.

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