The 12th edition of the Air-centric Personnel Recovery Operatives Course (APROC) was held at Gilze-Rijen air base in the Netherlands between May 21 and June 6.

The Italian Air Force operates the specialist HH-101A personnel recovery helicopter, one example of which took part in the exercise.

THE ANNUAL AIR_CENTRIC Personnel Recovery Operatives Course (APROC) is organized by the European Personnel Recovery Centre (EPRC) and rotates between the participating nations: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US. EPRC training manager Lt Col Bart Holewijn says the aim of the exercise is, ‘to improve the four phases of personnel recovery [PR; preparation, planning, execution and adaptation] by developing and harmonizing policy, doctrine and standards through clear lines of communications with participants and provides assistance in support of education and training, exercises and operations as required.’

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