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RAF helicopters have been put on standby as part of a UK-wide coronavirus aviation task force to help support our NHS. As well as helping with the movement of personnel and equipment, the task force will respond to requests for medical assistance.
Three RAF Pumas have been sent to Kinloss Barracks in Moray, Scotland, as part of the force. They will be used alongside two in North Yorkshire to meet requests for assistance from the NHS across Scotland and the north of England. A second helicopter facility at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire will cover the Midlands and south of England.
Says Defence Secretary Ben Wallace: ‘The creation of these helicopter hubs is the next step in our Armed Forces’ contribution to tackling the coronavirus outbreak whenever it appears throughout the United Kingdom.’
Both the Joint Helicopter Support Squadron and the RAF’s Tactical Supply Wing will support the task force, as well as the tri-service Joint Helicopter Command. Group Captain Adam Wardrope, Aviation Task Force Commander, said: ‘We are at high readiness to provide support to anywhere in the UK that needs it.’
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