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6 helos, 12 jets, one sky: US, UK forces train together

Two British Army AH-64 Apache pilots from 663 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, wait to be extracted from the field by an HH-60G Pave Hawk during a rescue scenario as part of exercise Voijek Valour at Salisbury Plain, England, March 3, 2016. The exercise helped strengthen relationships established when U.S. and U.K. military forces worked together in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis)

Two British Army AH-64 Apache pilots from 663 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, wait to be extracted from the field by an HH-60G Pave Hawk during a rescue scenario as part of exercise Voijek Valour at Salisbury Plain, England, March 3, 2016. The exercise helped strengthen relationships established when U.S. and U.K. military forces worked together in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis)

Airmen from the 56th Rescue Squadron debrief after a night flight during exercise Voijek Valour at Hullavington Airfield, England, March 3, 2016. The exercise included six helicopters, 250 British soldiers and more than a dozen jets conducting scenarios across Salisbury Plain. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis)

Airmen from the 56th Rescue Squadron debrief after a night flight during exercise Voijek Valour at Hullavington Airfield, England, March 3, 2016. The exercise included six helicopters, 250 British soldiers and more than a dozen jets conducting scenarios across Salisbury Plain. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis)

A British Army AH-64 Apache from 663 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, takes off during exercise Voijek Valour from Salisbury Plain, England, March 2, 2016. The exercise included six helicopters, 250 British soldiers and more than a dozen jets conducting scenarios across Salisbury Plain. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis)

A British Army AH-64 Apache from 663 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, takes off during exercise Voijek Valour from Salisbury Plain, England, March 2, 2016. The exercise included six helicopters, 250 British soldiers and more than a dozen jets conducting scenarios across Salisbury Plain. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis)

HULLAVINGTON AIRFIELD, England -- The 56th Rescue Squadron from Royal Air Force Lakenheath and the 7th Special Operations Squadron from RAF Mildenhall flew to Hullavington Airfield to train alongside the British Army and Royal Air Force during exercise Voijek Valour, Feb. 29 - March 3.

The exercise included six helicopters, 250 British soldiers and more than a dozen jets conducting scenarios across Salisbury Plain. Three AH-64 Apaches from 663 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, two CV-22B Ospreys from the 7th SOS, an RAF CH-47 Chinook and a 56th RQS HH-60G Pave Hawk worked together with the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, building interoperability between British and American forces.

Throughout the week, F-15E Strike Eagles from RAF Lakenheath's 492nd Fighter Squadron and Typhoons from RAF Coningsby also flew over Salisbury Plain in support of the exercise, to simulate a deployed environment.

The exercise strengthened relationships established when these units once worked together in Afghanistan.

"We worked with 16 Air Assault Brigade and USAF aviation assets in Afghanistan and it is important that we continue to maintain the experience and understanding of the missions we can conduct together," explained British Army Maj. Andrew Mitchell, 663 Squadron officer commanding. "The more we do now, the better we will be able to work together on the next operation."