We have the best people and the best equipment operating on Exercise Clockwork and I cannot wait to return to fly in Norway, year on year

Lieutenant Tom Lennon

“The unforgiving nature of the Arctic, the ever-changing global political environment in which we operate and the constant evolution of technology and equipment means our presence in the high northern latitudes is as valid and necessary today as it was in 1969.

"We have the best people and the best equipment operating on Exercise Clockwork and I cannot wait to return to fly in Norway, year on year."

Around 90 personnel from 845 will operate in Norway – a mixture of pilots, air crewmen, engineers and other support trades, all of whom must complete the cold weather survival course led by the Royal Marines Mountain Leader cadre.

The engineers will brave temperatures around -30°C out on the flight line to keep the aircraft functioning in an environment that takes its toll on people and machinery.

Up in the icy skies, pilots and aircrew will be tested in a wide variety of tasking to qualify as competent operators in the Arctic Circle.

Their tasks will involve night-time snow landings, mountain landings, troop drills and load lifting.

This year marks 50 years of Clockwork and British personnel training for combat in the region and to celebrate that fact, the Duke of Sussex, Captain General of the Royal Marines, will visit Bardufoss on Thursday.

As part of the occasion, a Sea King Mk4 will be donated by CHF. The retired warbird is to act as a ‘gate guardian’ – effectively a giant statue which greets any visitor to Bardufoss air base.

Air Engineering Technician

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