Soldiers of 4 Regiment Army Air Corp (AAC) are taking part in Exercise Black Alligator as part of Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) training in 29 Palms California. JHC is the military’s helicopter force and consists of elements of all three Services, Army, Navy and RAF.
1200 troops including Army, Royal Marines and RAF are training in the Mojave Desert in California where the dusty climate and high temperatures provide a unique training environment which we just can’t replicate at home. With the heat exceeding 45 degrees at times, this environment allows troops to adjust, train and work in very austere environments.
Working with US, Dutch and Singapore troops has allowed the JHC to develop their interoperability and ability to work with other nations. Whilst also proving their ability to deploy a credible and effective force anywhere in the world.
Exercise Black Alligator is an annual training exercise which proves the ideal location and environment to train all members of JHC and their assets.
Pictured: Whipping up a storm. The downdraft from the Apache helicopter creates a mini sandstorm in the Mojave Desert in California.
Pictured: High maintenance. A member of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps makes sure the Apache's equipment is in good working order during Exercise Black Alligator in California.