16th Air Assault Brigade 16th Air Assault Brigade

ZA 709 Chinook with underslung load From the 29th of January to the 9th of February 2001 a number of essential training days took place during the first of this years "EAGLES" Exercises, namely EAGLES FLIGHT 01. The Exercise consisted of the following: Up to 1,800 soldiers, 400 wheeled vehicles and 40 Lynx and Gazelle helicopters from 16 Air Assault Brigade. The RAF support was called for in the form of 3 Chinook and 2 Puma helicopters, 2 off C130 Hercules aircraft and 2 Jaguar aircraft.

Exercise EAGLES FLIGHT 01 mainly took place on Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) with Keevil DZ, Hullavington camp, Barton Stacey, Chivenor camp and Castlemartin Training Area and Pembury Ranges in South Wales also used.
The aim of the Exercise was to enable Infantry Company Groups and Aviation Squadron Groups to plan and execute air Manoeuvre missions with a Battlegroup framework.

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Acknowledgement: I would like to thank 27 Squadron A Flight for there assistance throughout the Exercise period.