Tri-Service

Strapping A Pair Of Skis... Onto A Chinook!

For many service personnel the beginning of the year marks the ski season but strapping on skis doesn't stop with people.Deployed in...

For many service personnel the beginning of the year marks the ski season but strapping on skis doesn't stop with people.

Deployed in Bardufoss Northern Norway are the ski-wearing Chinooks of 27 Squadron.

They're in the Arctic as part of the Commando Helicopter Force's annual winter training serial. 
 
200 miles inside the arctic circle a Chinook crew from RAF Odiham's 27 squadron train for landing in the snow.
 
Yeovil's Commando Helicopter Force is running the exercise in Northern Norway.

The three RAF Chinooks are here for the first time since the Afghanistan war.

For the pilots landing in the snow is not dissimilar to landing in the desert they still get that goldfish bowl effect but instead of dust its snow.

The snow can really distort their vision they can’t see where they're taking off or landing from.

It's -15 degrees at ground level, even colder in the bowls around the area and landing in the snow has its own hazards – hence the skis.
 
The Chinooks are here with the commando helicopter force - both part of Joint Helicopter Command – a tri-service helicopter force ready for contingency operations.

After this arctic training 27 Squadron will be on five days readiness.

Exercise Clockwork has been running since 1969 - 27 Squadron’s part in it will continue until March: