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Joint military exercise underway in North Yorkshire

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Merlin and Puma military helicopters Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Military aircrew from as far afield as Australia and the Czech Republic are in North Yorkshire as part of an exercise to prepare British crews for war.

Royal Air Force helicopters and fast jets are involved in the training at RAF Leeming, where pilots are gaining advanced skills in air warfare.

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Czech airforce L-159 subsonic fighter jet Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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An AW101 (EH101) Merlin military helicopter Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The base was chosen because it is close to the North Sea and training areas like Otterburn.

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RAF homecoming parade

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Band of the RAF Regiment leading homecoming parade Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Band of the RAF Regiment have lead a homecoming parade at RAF Leeming.

Around 70 personnel from 34 Squadron RAF Regiment are expected to be presented with medals.

Parade gets underway Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The Operational Medals are being presented by Air Commodore Bill Gambold Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Families gather for the parade and medals ceremony Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Full Report: Father and son reunited on Afghanistan tour

A Squadron from RAF Leeming is preparing for its latest deployment to Afghanistan, and for one family from the region it is a more unusual occasion than usual.

Three of the Townsend family work for the same Signals Unit at the North Yorkshire air base.

As Sarah Townsend waves goodbye to her son, she will be welcoming home her husband who is returning from his four month tour of duty.

Watch the full report from Claire Montgomery below.

Lunchtime Report: Father and son reunited in Afghanistan

A Squadron from RAF Leeming is preparing for its latest deployment to Afghanistan and for one family, the tour of duty is more of an emotional occasion than usual.

Three of the family work for the same Signals Unit at the North Yorkshire air base.

Mother Sarah Townsend is waving goodbye to her son Ben, but will be welcoming home her husband in the next few days.

You can watch the lunchtime report from Claire Montgomery below.

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