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Joint military exercise underway in North Yorkshire

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.

Czech airforce L-159 subsonic fighter jet Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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 Fylingdales 'delighted' to celebrate anniversary

RAF Fylingdales station photo. Credit: RAF Fylingdales

North Yorkshire radar base RAF Fylingdales is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The early warning station was built as the first line of defence against nuclear attacks.

A team there still works 24 hours a day, looking for deadly ballistic missiles heading for the UK.

Wing commander Rayna Owens said: “RAF Fylingdales is an excellent example of a small but exceptionally professional specialist unit that delivers an output to defence and more broadly in the space domain.

"RAF Fylingdales has been a ballistic missile and early warning radar site since 1963 and is delighted to be celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

"The importance of this mission endures and some would say even more important in a world with uncertainty.”

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Freedom of the City of York parade

Marching past York Minster Credit: Paul Herrick

A special relationship between the City of York and the RAF was celebrated today.

Air crew past and present from RAF Linton-on-Ouse exercised their Freedom of the City with a march through the city centre.

The airbase is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and was granted the freedom of the city back in 1968.

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