Spanish Tigers Deployed to Afghanistan

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Three Spanish Tiger combat helicopters arrived in Herat, Afghanistan, early this morning on board an Antonov An-124 transport aircraft.

The Tigers from the Spanish army's Attack Helicopter Battalion nº 1 (BHELA 1), whose home base is Almagro, will provide protection and security for troops withdrawing from Afghanistan. They will do so as part of a tactical group of multirole helicopters including Cougars and Chinooks, which will conduct reconnaissance and security missions and convoy escort of withdrawing forces.

The deployment will consist of two four-month rotations of 32 personnel each, including pilots, mechanics and headquarters staff. Members of BHELA 1 have already been in Afghanistan since 19 March.

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