A No. 47 Squadron C-130J, from RAF Brize Norton, currently based at Mount Pleasant Complex in the Falkland Islands, has completed its 7th and final airdrop sortie to support the British Antarctic Survey.
The airdrops are part of Exercise Austral Endurance, with 47 Squadron aircrew and Royal Logistic Corps Air Despatchers on board the aircraft.
As well as delivering vital supplies to sustain British Antarctic Survey's scientific research, each of the 10-hour missions provided the crews with invaluable training in long range air despatch, air to air refuelling with a Brize-based Voyager and remote area procedures.
“It is a great privilege for 47 Squadron to be able help our friends in the British Antarctic Survey with seven long range airdrop missions to resupply them with essential equipment for their research.
"Exercise Austral Endurance provides excellent training for C-130J aircrew, but it would not have been possible this year without the support of the Mount Pleasant Complex, the Voyager tanker and Royal Logistic Corps Air Despatchers.”
Wing Commander James Sjoberg
Officer Commanding No. 47 Squadron RAF
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