Spanish Super Puma on sea outing

The 802 Esc Super Puma on board a Spanish navy ship during exercises in July, 2013 (Image © Ejército del Aire)
The 802 Esc Super Puma on board a Spanish navy ship during exercises in July, 2013 (Image © Ejército del Aire)

For the first time in recent history a Super Puma helicopter of the Spanish Air Force operated from Spanish Navy ships.

During the exercise Marítima Tornado P-44, named after the corvette P-44 Tornado which served as landing platform, in the third week of July, 2013, the Aérospatiale (Eurocopter) AS332B Super Puma of 802 Escuadrón practiced procedures with the Armada with an eye on possible future operations.

The joint ops take more than just deck landings. Helicopter and ship crews need to stay in contact about the wind limits, training on the handling of JP-5 fuel and to have the helicopter firmly on the deck of the moving ship.

802 Esc normally operates from Gando at Gran Canaria, the third largest and second most populated island of the the Canary Islands situated in the Atlantic Ocean 150 km (93 miles) from the North-African coast. Apart from the Super Puma the squadron also flies three Fokker F27-200MAR maritime patrol aircraft & search-and-rescue aircraft. Gando is also home to the 462 Esc with its EF-18A (C.15) fighter jets.

Source: Ejército del Aire / AIRheads↑Fly

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