RAF Merlin Helicopters During Exercise Desert Vortex
Image by Defence Images
A Royal Air Force Merlin helicopter takes off in a cloud of dust during Exercise Desert Vortex in Jordan.
250 Royal Air Force personnel from RAF Odiham and RAF Benson undertook a training exercise in the Middle Eastern country. It was the first time that 6 Chinook and 3 Merlin helicopters had trained together in a desert environment, as their crews prepared for deployment to Afghanistan.
Photographer: SAC Neil Chapman