Personnel from the Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace (AAE – French Air and Space Force) spent time at RAF St Mawgan recently, where they were hosted by the Robson Academy of Resilience (RAR). The purpose of the visit was to conduct adventurous and survival training with staff from the Robson Resilience Centre St Mawgan (RRCS) and the Defence SERE Training Organisation (DSTO).
Utilising the uniquely challenging Cornish geography, the AAE were given first-hand experience of how the Royal Air Force trains its people away from the flying environment. The programme for the three-day visit included stand-up paddle boarding at Porthpean, hiking along the coast from Crantock to Penhale Camp, and an overnight stay in the Penhale dunes undergoing beach survival instruction.
The benefits of using leading edge adventurous training to both enhance the resilience of the whole force and prepare our people to succeed are keenly understood throughout the RAF. With both RRCS and DSTO based at RAF St Mawgan the opportunities for co-delivery of learning experiences in robust and realistic training environments provided an ideal opportunity for #NATO partners to develop their understanding of how the RAF operates and how we are #StrongerTogether.