Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Military parachute training off Gibraltar

Hercules C130-J airborne
A C130 Hercules arrived in Gibraltar yesterday to work with HMS Lancaster.

HMS Lancaster which arrived last week and will be carrying out routine training exercises in the Straits of Gibraltar.

148 (Meiktila) Commando Forward Observation Battery Royal Artillery inserting by parachute
As aircraft assets are limited, a group of military parachutists from 148 Battery, Royal Artillery are taking this opportunity to combine several tasks and will be carrying out parachute descents into the water off Gibraltar Harbour today.

Observers may well see them completing their jumps at approximately 1100 to 1130am. The drop zone (DZ) is off the South mole along the median line of the bay.

Arctic 24 Rib of Gibraltar Squadron RN who will be picking up the parachutists from 148 (Meiktila) Commando Forward Observation Battery Royal Artillery
The parachutists will be recovered by Gibraltar Squadron and brought back into the harbour before departing for the UK later in the Hercules aircraft.

This may seem a somewhat unusual activity for Gibraltar but the public should not be unduly concerned as it is a standard training task for both the C130 and indeed the parachutists from 148 Bty RA.

Related Article:

07 July 2005 - HMS Lancaster arrives in Gibraltar


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