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    Air Corps training Malta’s Air Wing

    An Air Corps Mobile Training Team recently deployed to Malta to carry out training for their Air Wing who also use the AW139 helicopter.





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    Does this count as an overseas deployment .
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    Great pics. Well done to all involved. 😀

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    More here:
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    The Armed Forces of Malta’s Air Wing conducted the first collaboration training with the Irish Air Corps between the 3 and 11th March 2016. The Irish Air Corps were represented by a Mobile Training Team comprising of AW139 Helicopter aircrew and were led by Lieutenant Colonel Dave Corcoran. The Irish Mobile Training Team delivered training for the Air Wing’s Helicopter Instructor aircrews on the various operational aspects such as winching, fast roping and operating with Under slung loads. The team also provided a coursework for a selection of ground personnel preparing adhoc Helicopter landing Sites, Marshalling of Helicopters and the managing of Under slung loads. The ground skill sets were then amalgamated in an exercise with the instructions given to the aircrew. The training also focused on the winching capabilities of the AW139 where the instructors from Rescue section conducted deployment and recovery practices both on land and at sea. These practices included single winching, double winching and stretcher lifts with the culmination of this training taking place at sea in conjunction with the Maritime Squadron’s P61. Troop insertion techniques were also practiced on land and at sea by the conduct of fast roping procedures by members of C Coy 1 Regt and Special Operations Unit.

    The Commander Armed Forces of Malta, Brigadier Jeffrey Curmi also met the Irish Air Corps Mobile Training Team at Air Wing, and whilst thanking them for their effort, support and professionalism, also augured for further strengthening of this relationship between the Maltese and Irish forces.
    Will be interesting to see where this leads, obviously lots of Naval links now and there were members on the 91st Cadet class too.

    In before the Air Corps requests moving winter training to Malta
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    Great set of pics in the FB post above also. Well done to all involved and all the best for any opportunities it will bring up in the future. Hopefully there'll be an An Cosantoir article about it at some point...

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    I gotta say, looks wise the long nose AW139 in grey beats the hell out of our green machines with the ridiculous new oversize markings every day of the week.

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    Perhaps also mention that repeated attempts on your team's lives were made by Maritime Squadron, assault with excessive food!

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    Outstanding development. Well done AC.

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    Is that a FLIR pod or a camera under the nose?
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    Looks like FLIR

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    I vaguely remember it being said that a couple of FLIR systems were bought for our 139s, did that ever happen? Can't remember seeing them fitted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The real Jack View Post
    I vaguely remember it being said that a couple of FLIR systems were bought for our 139s, did that ever happen? Can't remember seeing them fitted.
    http://forum.irishmilitaryonline.com...l=1#post404889

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    Pretty close to the dirt here!

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    Poor Maltese...having to learn how to eat potatoes, drink rotgut whiskey, swear in public that they like Guinness and then wear green on Paddy's Day....

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    There's gonna be some slick vote collecting done from Gozo after the next General Election in Malta.

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    Ok, so the Navy has had a trip to Malta, the Air Corps have had a trip to Malta, when is the Army's turn?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamingo View Post
    Ok, so the Navy has had a trip to Malta, the Air Corps have had a trip to Malta, when is the Army's turn?
    Given the performance of the minister of defence, it's probably only a matter of time before the helicopters are donated to Malta

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamingo View Post
    Ok, so the Navy has had a trip to Malta, the Air Corps have had a trip to Malta, when is the Army's turn?
    What would that come under I wonder? I mean the others have some excuses to use, not sure the Maltese are going to buy any Mowags or anything, but I'm sure someone in the Army is putting some effort into it right now (wouldn't blame them, I loved the few times I've been in Malta).

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    Well there have been Maltese cadets in the Cadet School for a good few years now, a few officers have completed the PCPSO and JC&S Cses as well AFAIK.

    The training team with EUTM Somalia was a joint one with .... Malta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    Poor Maltese...having to learn how to eat potatoes, drink rotgut whiskey, swear in public that they like Guinness and then wear green on Paddy's Day....
    To be honest, it hasn't required much learning or persuasion either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    Well there have been Maltese cadets in the Cadet School for a good few years now, a few officers have completed the PCPSO and JC&S Cses as well AFAIK.

    The training team with EUTM Somalia was a joint one with .... Malta.
    There is a relatively natural fit between our air and maritime components, similar equipment and missions, roughly the same order of size. On the land side we probably lag somewhat further behind although when it comes to niche capabilities such as provided by both sides in EUTM Somalia, again working together is relatively straightforward.

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    Good article in this month's An Cosantoir about the AC AW139 training mission deployment to Malta. Mention of the AC training mission in a similar way to that of the training provided by the Army and Naval Service to the Maltese, by both Maltese and Irish personnel, so maybe more to come in the future.

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    @ the realjack, that's why you see 139s with skis on and they are unable to retract the undercarriage. What happens when you buy a millionaire's runabout...

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