RAF News 17 June, Edition 1538

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Royal Air Force News Friday, June 17, 2022 P7

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Combat air rocks NATO war games

In Brief

PARENTAL GUIDANCE: Childbirth expert and Forces mother Nicola Flanagan

Mum’s the word CLOSE AIR SUPPORT: NATO military chiefs monitor exercise in Romania

Simon Mander ROMANIAN-BASED RAF Typhoons launched a live firing exercise during the latest mass armoured war games by Nato allies. Fighter jets from 140 Expeditionary Air Wing simulated Close Air Support sorties to protect tanks launching a final attack on simulated enemy forces. The week-long Exercise Scorpion Legacy involved 250 armoured vehicles, Romanian Air Force IAR-330 Puma helicopters and 1,800 troops from Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Portugal and the United States. Sqn Ldr Paul Griffin said: “Exercise Scorpion Legacy has allowed us an opportunity to train in a multinational environment and has seen RAF planners, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and aircrew involved. “It’s crucial that we train alongside out Nato partners to build

GROUND ATTACK: RAF Typhoons blast ‘enemy’ armour during exercise to test NATO ground forces in Eastern Europe

interoperability and ensure that we continue to show our commitment to the Alliance.” The annual exercise took place at the Smardan Training Area in the south of the country.

Awards joy for Mike CUT ABOVE: Wg Cdr Mike Ainsworth, left, picks up his award at RAFBF event

Staff reporter A CYCLIST whose Dambuster rides have raised thousands of pounds for the RAF Benevolent Fund rode to victory at the charity’s 10th annual awards. Hundreds of personnel, veterans and supporters packed Plaisterers’ Hall in London to see Wg Cdr Mike Ainsworth pick up the ‘Above and

Beyond,’ title for his achievements organising the heritage rides that returned to Lincolnshire again this year. And the accolade of RAF Station of the Year was won by Valley, which set up the first RAF Benevolent Fund Committee to organise fundraising events on the base. Fund Controller Air Vice-

It involved forces from Nato’s Multinational Brigade, Southeast and the firepower demonstration was watched by both the Romanian and Portuguese Chiefs of Defence Staff.

The 3(Fighter) Sqn Typhoons of 140 EAW are deployed for four months until July 2022 to conduct enhanced Air Policing and Vigilance missions in support of the Romanian Air Force.

A MILITARY wife and mum-ofthree is offering free antenatal courses for Service families. Childbirth expert Nicola Flanagan’s Me And My Baby website provides pregnancy and parenting classes and is offering free courses for UK military serving families. She said: “As a mum of three small boys, and wife to someone in the military, I am all too familiar with the challenge of moving to a new community when either pregnant or with a newborn. “Education which is up to date and evidence based is what modern mothers need to be able to have greater understanding and control over their labour and birth, and to navigate the health care system confidently.” The course consists of four 90-minute sessions on labour and birth physiology, breathing techniques for labour, pain relief options and the role of the birth partner. Go to: mambauk.com/armedforces for more information.

RAFBF Awards Airplay Youth Work er: Ian Savage, Marham Fundraisers of the year: Scottish Torque Show Team Outstanding Suppor t: Wimbledon Foundation Station of the Year: RAF Valley Stations Challenge Cup: Leuchars Special Recognition : April Fools Club Caseworker of the Year: Pip Iles

Marshal Chris Elliot said: “The awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise all of the great work that allows us to continue supporting RAF veterans, serving personnel and their families and make a real improvement to their lives.”

Flt Lt Henry Fuller, 27 Sqn pilot

IT TAKES an enormous amount of work to get 70 plus aircraft in the sky at once but it was worth it to congratulate Her Majesty on 70 years of service. I’m fortunate to fly the Chinook on the day. Seeing the reactions of the balcony and the public to the flypast when we landed was a terrific end to the day