the provision of Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham as an evacuation rest centre supported by 20 soldiers from 5 Training Regiment Royal Logistic Corps; the centre received approximately 100 civilian evacuees
The operation in Middlesbrough saw a Chinook from 18 Squadron depart RAF Odiham with a team of helicopter-handling specialists to repair the sea wall, lowering underslung loads of sandbags into place.
Group Captain Richard Maddison, Station Commander at RAF Odiham and head of the Chinook Force, said:
This is a fantastic example of the adaptability and capability of the Support Helicopter Force and its personnel. The Chinook Force has continuously supported national resilience and military aid operations since it was introduced into the RAF in 1981.
It is a truly adaptable aircraft, capable of operating day and night in adverse weather and environments. The aircraft, however, would not be able to reach its true versatility without the support of the thousands of service and civilian personnel stationed at RAF Odiham.
Everyone, be it aircrew or engineers, administrators or caterers, pull together to achieve one aim, and that is to enable the Chinook Force to be able to provide this level of support 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.