Parachute jumps form part of airmen’s training

57th Rescue Squadron pracise parachute jump above RAF Lakenheath

57th Rescue Squadron pracise parachute jump above RAF Lakenheath - Credit: Archant

Parachute jumps are being carried out at RAF Lakenheath as a rescue team practises saving comrades who have crashed behind enemy lines.

57th Rescue Squadron pracise parachute jump above RAF Lakenheath

57th Rescue Squadron pracise parachute jump above RAF Lakenheath - Credit: Archant

Members of the US Air Force's 57th Rescue Squadron recently demonstrated their new capability of parachuting onto the air base's recently-established drop zone, allowing the squadron to train more efficiently and frequently.

Their job is to recover pilots and other airman who may have crashed behind enemy lines.

Recent practice jumps took place from the Suffolk skies on December 14.

The squadron's commander, Lieutenant Colonel Jose Cabrera has said the creation of a drop-zone at the air base allows the rescue squadron to train 'more efficiently and frequently', adding it also saved time and resources.

57th Rescue Squadron pracise parachute jump above RAF Lakenheath

57th Rescue Squadron pracise parachute jump above RAF Lakenheath - Credit: Archant


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The work of the squadron was also observed by a visiting group of American civic leaders earlier this year, designed to show the different capabilities of the US Air Force.

Lt Col Cabrera added: 'The 57th Rescue Squadron's mission is to conduct combat search and rescue operations to recover downed airmen and isolated personnel behind enemy lines.

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'The Para-rescuemen and combat rescue officers assigned to the unit conduct training while stationed at RAF Lakenheath, in order to maintain the highest level of proficiency in this dynamic mission.

'Parachuting is one of the skills rescue personnel utilise to rapidly reach injured servicemen in remote areas outside the range of military helicopters.

'The ability to conduct airdrops at RAF Lakenheath ensures the 57th Rescue Squadron remains ready for its mission.'

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