saw the return of the AS532 Cougar to the exercise. This comes after
it was almost retired from the RNLAF's rotary fleet. It had been
reprieved to undertake the SAR role, then shortly afterwards it was
seen to be the ideal airframe to use in an anti piracy role working
with marines and operating from ships. Because of the time spent in
their maritime duties, crews from the AS532's were sent to refresh
their electronic warfare skills.
All flying would be conducted within LFA13 and on Spadeadam, beside
working electronic threats on the Spadeadam range the RNLAF had put
together a number of tactical scenarios for the crews training
purposes. Some of these scenarios were aided by the Dutch 11th Air
Mobile Brigade, who had deployed 90 personnel for the exercise.
Scenarios included insertion and extraction, Vehicle Interception,
surveillance and lifting.
The exercise again fulfilled all of its objectives and looks likely
to be conducted here for sometime to come
(My sincere thanks to the Officers in charge of TacBlaze 2016)