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NAVY NEWS, JANUARY 2009
“It was only during the quiet of night that the sudden
● RED DUST(ER)... SWIRLS OF ORANGE-RED
cacophony of animal noises was an indication.”
DUST ARE THROWN UP BY A SEA KING
All this doesn‛t really seem much like Afghanistan, so why
Kenya for deployment training?
“Many of the climatic and geographical features are found
● A SMILE FROM ONE OF THE LOCAL
in Afghanistan – the altitude at the base is high, the air is
For once Grand Prix was over, the Junglies had almost
YOUNGSTERS AS HE WATCHES THE JUNGLIES
hot, and terrain would challenge all aircrew from battle-
a week before their return fl ight to enjoy the sights and
AT WORK
hardened qualifi ed helicopter instructors to inexperienced
adventurous sports offered by Mount Kenya: horse and
aviators and supporting staff,” explained Lt McGreal.
camel safaris, whitewater rafting, climbing, and mountain
The souped-up Jungly Sea Kings (equipped with special
biking.
All of which is challenging by day, now add darkness
main main and tail rotors) are in Afghanistan supporting Allied
And there was the challenge of climbing Mount Kenya
to the equation.
operaoperations, so it was the ordinary Mk4s which were sent
(Africa‛s second-highest peak) itself. The trek began at
to Keto Kenya – where the air temperature and altitude limited
8,000ft and a pleasant 25˚C. By the time the climbers
Night vision goggles are a long-standing part of the
its its performance and carrying capacity.
had reached Austrian Hut (largely paid for by a generous
Junglies‛ armoury. They‛ve evolved a bit over the
Austrian…) at almost 16,000ft after three days on the
years – the latest version issued to the Sea King
move, the snow was falling.,g
fl iers are display night vision goggles.
d
DUSTY
t
The ‘display‛ in the title refers to all the vital
Which was ideal preparation once again, really, because by
‛re
fl ight data – altitude, engine temperature, waypoint
details – beamed on to the goggles‛ lens, rather like The setting nevertheless proved ideal training for The setting neverthel
the time the fl iers returned to Yeovilton, the British winter
a head-up display in a Harrier. impending deployment to Afghanistan – dusty bases, im
was setting in.
fi ve
heat, rolling take-offs, formation he fl ying and other
Indeed the whole exercise was crucial for Junglies old and
r
Fully worked up by night and day, the Junglies got
drills and manoeuvres vital for operating in a hostile drill
new, said Lt McGreal.
nd
down to the essence of Grand Prix, working with the
ground troops plus the Army Lynx.
environment.environ
“The challenging conditions tested many of the skills
“The conditions in Kenya are the most challenging training
required when operating in Afghanistan and, from an aircrew
environment with which both personnel and aircraft would
perspective, we were able to see how we and the aircraft
That meant visiting the various forward bases established
have to cope,” said Lt McGreal.
performed in the intense, hot, high and dusty environment,”
by the Black Watch around Nanyuki, providing casualty
he added.
evacuation, lifting loads and ferrying troops around – typical
“What may have seemed like a welcome break for the busy
Jungly duties around the world.
men and women of the Commando Helicopter Force did not
prove to be a safari holiday.”
Not a typical Jungly duty, however, is big game spotting:
giraffes, elephants, waterbucks (African antelope – Johnny
Well, actually, some of it was.
Morris Ed) and even the odd cheetah.
PICTURES: LA(PHOT) STEVE JOHNCOCK,
RNAS YEOVILTON
“When we approached the forward bases, we could see
large game nearby and the ground troops were completely
oblivious to this somewhat alarming fact,” said Lt McGreal.
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CREEP ALONG AT SUNSET
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