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.

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