Thursday, November 5, 2009
PICTURE of the day: Merlin prepares for Afghan duty
A Female Merlin Pilot prepares to land in the desert of southern California during Exercise Merlin Vortex 09.
The exercise is pre deployment environmental training for the Merlin Force.
It is a 4 month rolling detachment to El Centro, California, designed to give helicopter crews, engineers and support staff experience of working in a "hot and high" envirnoment prior to their deployment to Afghanistan in the Support Helicopter role in late 2009.