Clockwork

MILITARY EXERCISE CLOCKWORK

Kevin Wills and Ian Harding travelled to the sub-zero environment of northern Norway to visit the UK’s Commando Helicopter Force during Exercise Clockwork

A Merlin HC3A lands in degraded visibility.

Located approximately 930 miles (1,500km) north of the Norway’s capital Oslo and 200 miles (320km) inside the Arctic circle, Bardufoss Air Station in Troms county is where British forces deploy each year to complete their extreme cold-weather training as part of exercise Clockwork. In February 2019, Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) celebrated 50 years of deployment here, reflecting the strength of the relationship existing between the UK and Norway. Norwegians have a saying: to operate in the Arctic, you have to train here. This is why British forces spend five to six months training there each year. Exciting and harsh, the environment must be respected at all times. Remove focus and the environment has the potential to take life.

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