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Soldiers who fly and maintain the Apache attack helicopter have trained closer to home as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan.
654 Squadron, 4 Regiment Army Air Corps has carried out the first live firing of the Apache’s 30mm cannon at Stanford Training Area in Norfolk, as well as practice arming and refuelling the helicopter in the field.
The unit, based at nearby Wattisham Flying Station, leave for a four month tour of Helmand Province in September.
Previously, all live fire training has been carried out at Otterburn in Northumberland or Castlemartin in south west Wales.
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