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30 January 2017

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AIRCREW on Sixty (Reserve) Squadron at the Defence Helicopter Flying School had the opportunity to work with students from Tactical Supply Wing (TSW), based at MOD Stafford.

TSW is a highly specialised unit within the Joint Helicopter Command; their role is to provide aviation fuel support to deployed Battlefield Helicopters, work which is often in austere locations and harsh conditions. TSW consists of personnel drawn from nine specialist trades, including Suppliers, Drivers, Engineer Technicians, Administrators, Gunners and Movement Specialists.


Students from TSW train at RAF Shawbury five times a year and this demanding exercise is the final stage of their training - and the first time that they have refuelled a live aircraft with rotors turning! Successful completion of the task means that they will soon be posted to their operational unit and they could be deployed anywhere in the world.

Sgt Sid Mulholland, the TSW Training Sergeant, said: “Our relationship with the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury is very important as it enables us to deliver realistic training to our students and ensures that they are ready to meet the challenges that they will face on their operational units.”

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