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Coronavirus: RAF Leeming to assist NHS

Coronavirus: RAF Leeming to assist NHS

Published by May Norman at 8:35am 28th March 2020.

Helicopters at RAF Leeming to be used in COVID-19 response

  • RAF Leeming will be assisting the NHS as it responds to the growing coronavirus outbreak,
  • Helicopters from the North Yorkshire airbase will be called upon to support the health service.
  • It will cover Scotland and Northern England.

RAF Leeming is being called in to help the NHS with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

It's among a number of military sites expanding its ability to provide helicopters to transport patients, equipment and personnel around the country during the crisis.

Two helicopter hubs are being created - one to cover Scotland and Northern England, the other for the Midlands and Southern England, the Ministry of Defence said.

Three Royal Air Force Puma helicopters will be stationed at Kinloss Barracks in Moray.

They will work closely with a Chinook and a Wildcat helicopter based at RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire, responding to requests for assistance from NHS boards and trusts across Scotland and Northern England.

A second helicopter facility - comprising RAF and Royal Navy Air Service aircraft - for the Midlands and the south will operate out of The Aviation Task Force Headquarters at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire.