At the risk of looking a prat I wanted to highlight something I came across this morning and ask if it was common practice. I regularly visit strategy page.com and get a fix on articles and photo's etc. This morning I noticed this photo: - scroll down- http://www.strategypage.com/military_photos/20100419192224.aspx With the following info. I thought it a little strange that a non RN / RM transport would be ferrying Marines and wanted to know where this aircraft was from. So I googled the serial number and found that it belonged to British International Helicopters based in Penzance. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:British_International_Helicopters My question is that is common practice to sub out transport work on exercises?! or is this a symptom of shortages and over tasking? Or quite simply could it be a one off with mitigating circumstances..