News story: Dambusters prepare for Afghanistan deployment

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Ministry of Defence said:
Aircrews have been honing their air combat skills in Scotland before flying out for what will be their last tour of duty in Afghanistan later this month.
Months of training culminated in a mission rehearsal exercise (MRX) at RAF Lossiemouth, where the squadron faced a series of challenges designed to ensure they are fully prepared for their detachment at Kandahar Airfield.

Members of 617 Squadron tend to a 'casualty' during a mission rehearsal exercise in Scotland [Picture: Senior Aircraftwoman Tracey Dobson, Crown copyright]Officer Commanding 617 Squadron, Wing Commander David Arthurton, said:
The MRX has been a fitting culmination to the squadron training programme and gives me absolute confidence that we are prepared to face the challenges that lie ahead for us in Afghanistan.
Run by the Expeditionary Air Wing Training Team, scenarios included simulated rocket attacks, aircraft scrambles and accidents. Senior Engineering Officer Squadron Leader Mike Beesley said:
It’s been a long process of preparation over a period of 6 months culminating in this exercise. I’ve been really impressed with the level of preparation of the team.

A 617 Squadron RAF Tornado GR4 during a mission rehearsal exercise in Scotland [Picture: Senior Aircraftwoman Tracey Dobson, Crown copyright]Leading the Training Team was Squadron Leader Simon Reade, who said:
The MRX has gone very well, it’s a brilliant opportunity for the Dambusters to demonstrate their skills and potential prior to their final operational deployment.
No matter what we’ve confronted them with, 617 have successfully coped with every scenario and they are now properly prepared for the rigours of Afghanistan.
The 4-month deployment supporting International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan will be a swan song for the squadron’s role with the Tornado.

An RAF Tornado GR4 with 617 Squadron's 70th anniversary tail artwork clearly visible [Picture: Senior Aircraftwoman Tracey Dobson, Crown copyright]After the deployment the squadron will disband, but will reform equipped with the F-35 Lightning II in 2016. The squadron will operate from RAF Marham as the first front line unit to operate the next-generation stealth fighter, alongside Royal Navy personnel.



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Mr_Fingerz

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So tempted to mention Lancaster Bombers, Gibson's dog and wonder if Kajaki Dam would be a target for them.

But I suppose that I should think better of it.
 
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No matter what we’ve confronted them with, 617 have successfully coped with every scenario and they are now properly prepared for the rigours of Afghanistan.


Yep, the EFI is crap. The Boardwalk is loosing shops weekly. Occasionaly you have to roll over in your bed when the IDF alarm sounds but apart from that its pretty hard......(wonder if Lobster tails are being served today in the DEFAC?"
 
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That RAF pattern stable belt blends in quite nicely with the camouflage. :roll:
 
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Mark The Convict

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MoD RSS, the gift that just keeps giving. Shit.
It's the only thing that we can all agree on, and at risk of being reasonable, churning out this guff must be a soul-crushing job for anyone with an IQ higher than a fruit fly. Assuming that it isn't done by some kind of AI program, one can only hope that the management rotate the job amongst a number of wretches in the hope of staving off Pure Twaddle-Spouting Despair.

'Hello darling, how was your day?'

'Hellish, the highlight was stringing together 500 words of patronising, irrelevant tripe that nobody will ever read, and if they do they'll think I'm a ****. I'm one day closer to death with nothing to show for it...where's the absinthe?'
 
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cloudbuster

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I'll PM you with a link. I won't post it here because I get my legs slapped for pointing at AMMM and laughing.
 
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It's the only thing that we can all agree on, and at risk of being reasonable, churning out this guff must be a soul-crushing job for anyone with an IQ higher than a fruit fly. Assuming that it isn't done by some kind of AI program, one can only hope that the management rotate the job amongst a number of wretches in the hope of staving off Pure Twaddle-Spouting Despair.

'Hello darling, how was your day?'

'Hellish, the highlight was stringing together 500 words of patronising, irrelevant tripe that nobody will ever read, and if they do they'll think I'm a ****. I'm one day closer to death with nothing to show for it...where's the absinthe?'
Good point, well presented. :)
 
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The first picture looks spookily like the one of the fat airsoft Walt in 'all round da fence' with his 'wounded' mate... Can't find the picture to post.


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cloudbuster

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The first picture looks spookily like the one of the fat airsoft Walt in 'all round da fence' with his 'wounded' mate... Can't find the picture to post.
Try The Regiment's recruiting website......
 
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Is it individual preference for which style of boots to wear now-a-days?

Depends what they've been issued with,I gather the has been some issues over getting the latest style thru the stores system.Besides,the one on the right's probably a shiny arse(AGC eq/SNCO,hence the stable belt)..One in the middles a techie,the one on the left,we he just looks confused....
 
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Funny how in these politically correct times that they still use a squadron moniker that is a War Crime.
 

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