15 Squadron RAF Regiment, based at RAF Marham, have showcased their new capability, the Troop Insertion and Extraction System (TIES) during their Annual Formal Inspection.
Designed to allow rapid access to an area whilst minimising the threat to the aircraft and crew, TIES Fast Roping was demonstrated to the newly appointed Force Commander, Air Commodore Thompson and the Deputy Force Commander and Provost Marshal, Group Captain Foster-Jones. Conducting a simulated Joint Personnel Recovery mission, the joint RAF Regiment and RAF Police team fast roped from a 33 Squadron Puma helicopter providing a live culmination of training and preparation.
“Seeing the Squadron’s live capability training provided me with an opportunity to see the hard work and dedication our personnel have for their role within the Force Protection Force.”
Air Commodore Thompson,
As specialists in Air and Space Power Force Protection, the Force Protection Force require a comprehensive set of mobility and insertion capabilities. TIES provides the Squadron’s Ground Extraction Force with an insertion method via fast-roping and rappelling from Air Assets to extract aircrew or isolated personnel from a location where a conventional landing is not an option. By conducting regular capability training our personnel remain operationally current to support global air operations at the highest level of readiness.
“TIES provides a significant increase in Wing capability that will aid our agility and speed of response. I am extremely proud of all those that have completed this physically demanding training, demonstrating not only a high degree of personal commitment but also the excellence the Service expects.”
Wing Commander Cooper
The Annual Formal Inspection provided Air Commodore Thompson and Group Captain Foster-Jones an opportunity to inspect 3 Force Protection Wing whilst engaging with the Regular and Reservist workforce.