From 20th February till the 28th, Carlisle played
host to 3 Regiments 663 Sqn of the AAC as they took part in exercise
Deploying six Apache AH1 with all the ground
equipment and personnel, the regiment set up operations on the 18th
but due to poor weather the aircraft failed to arrive until the 20th.
Once there no time was wasted as the Apaches shuttled to and from the
Electronics Warfare range at Spadeadam, where the range had set up a
variety of threats for the Apaches to avoid and threats to attack. The
ground crew were tested in that they had to achieve quick turn rounds,
arming and refueling as each aircraft retuned to Carlisle after every
In all the Squadron achieved the exercise
objectives giving both Air and Ground crews valuable experience should
they ever be called upon to quell any hostility in the future.
to all who concerned.