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Station Charities Committee

Station Charities Committee

The aim of the Station Charities Committee is to support local charities and facilitate any charity events being run both on and off the station by its personnel. Each year we nominate chosen charities to support and we present them […]

End Of An Era And A Look To The Future

End Of An Era And A Look To The Future

The 9th July 2015 marked a significant moment for both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. In its centenary year, 28 (Army Cooperation) Squadron handed the final Merlin helicopters over to 845 Naval Air Squadron, as  they formed […]

Pumas In Afghanistan- Successful Deployment Of The Puma Force In Afghanistan.

Pumas In Afghanistan: Successful Deployment Of The Puma Force In Afghanistan.

Since taking over from the Chinook Force on 1 April 2015, personnel from the inaugural deployment of the newly upgraded Puma Mk2 have been providing aviation support to British and coalition troops on  the NATO-led mission, Operation RESOLUTE SUPPORT in […]

RAF Reservists 606 (Chiltern) Squadron Battle the Elements in Norway on Extreme Cold Weather Training Lion's Roar Magazine

Battle the Elements in Norway on Extreme Cold Weather Training

RAF Reservists from 606 Squadron at RAF Benson participated in a joint exercise with the Norwegian Reserve Officers Federation to further develop their ability to operate under any conditions in any climate. The arduous training took place near the town […]

Exercise TRIDENT JAGUAR Lion's Roar Magazine


‘You do know that my wife will be 36 weeks pregnant by then?’ Was my first thought when I was offered to go to Norway for two weeks on Exercise TRIDENT JAGUAR. But I was persuaded and so on the […]

Arctic Training Lion's Roar Magazine

Arctic Training

At the start of the year Puma Mk2 aircraft from RAF Benson took part in a yearly arctic exercise run by the Royal Marines to train UK military personnel how to survive, and fight, in the arctic winter. Exercise CLOCKWORK […]

Pumas in the Sand Lion's Roar Magazine

Pumas in the Sand

Over 140 personnel, mostly from RAF Benson, deployed to the Middle East for nine weeks Exercise SHAMAL BLADE. The three Puma HC Mk2 aircraft along with all required engineering supplies for the Exercise were delivered by 3 C-17 transport aircraft […]

The Important of Brie Lion's Roar Magazine

The Importance of BRIE

For those of us who have an association with military helicopters, Wing Commander Reginald Alfred Charles Brie played an important part in introducing them into military service. Wing Commander Reggie Brie was the man who pioneered rotary-winged aircraft deck landings in the […]

Mid-Air Meeting for Captains Lions Roar Magazine

Mid-Air Meeting for Captains

Hot on the heels of his 100th cap as Captain of the New Zealand All Blacks and a convincing 34-16 win over Wales, Richie McCaw took to the skies with RAF Spitfires Rugby 7s player Flt Lt Steve Mills in […]

Telemarking for the RAF Lions Roar Magazine

Telemarking for the RAF

Following up on last year’s successful foray into the world of competitive Telemark skiing, Flt Lt Clare Thomas leads a strong contingent from RAF Benson to the 2015 Inter-Services and the RAF Ski Championships. Never before has one mountain seen […]

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