PICTURES: Return to the desert for naval air squadron
Crews from a Westcountry naval air station have made a return to the desert for their latest exercise.
The members of 845 Naval Air Squadron decamped from their base at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset to Aqaba in southern Jordan for Exercise Pashtun Commando.
The squadron – which spent four years in Afghanistan with its sister Commando Helicopter Force unit 846 NAS – is using the unique environment offered by Aqaba and nearby Wadi Rum to train.
Although there may be a wealth of experience of desert operations in 845 Naval Air Squadron, these veterans of Afghanistan still need to top up their skills.
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Pilot Lt Chris Gayson, said: "The prospect of losing all visual references during the final approach was a touch unsettling, but under the watchful eye of experienced instructors, I was able to apply the techniques and get to grips with desert flying."