Boss thanks Olympic snipers

This was part of a visit by CAS to visit various locations across London where service personnel but principly RAF were working. Sir Stephen visited Wembley, Lee Valley, Heinault Park, Ilford and Startford. As the day progressed he got to see the "front of house" staff as well as what was happening behind the scenes. Everything from logistics to training. Sir Stephen also had the opportunity to speak to the public who all came back with positive comments using words like Polite, Courteous and Always Smiling.''2 members of the RAF "Heli Sniper" teams talk the CAS through the last weapons used in the helicpoters to deter and protect the skies over London.
This was part of a visit by CAS to visit various locations across London where service personnel but principly RAF were working. Sir Stephen visited Wembley, Lee Valley, Heinault Park, Ilford and Startford. As the day progressed he got to see the "front of house" staff as well as what was happening behind the scenes. Everything from logistics to training. Sir Stephen also had the opportunity to speak to the public who all came back with positive comments using words like Polite, Courteous and Always Smiling.''2 members of the RAF "Heli Sniper" teams talk the CAS through the last weapons used in the helicpoters to deter and protect the skies over London.
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SNIPERS from Honington were personally thanked by the head of the RAF when he visited those engaged in Olympic security.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, the Chief of the Air Staff, visited airmen and airwomen involved in protecting the Games last Thursday.

This was part of a visit by CAS to visit various locations across London where service personnel but principly RAF were working. Sir Stephen visited Wembley, Lee Valley, Heinault Park, Ilford and Startford. As the day progressed he got to see the "front of house" staff as well as what was happening behind the scenes. Everything from logistics to training. Sir Stephen also had the opportunity to speak to the public who all came back with positive comments using words like Polite, Courteous and Always Smiling.''On a visit to Ilford TAC, CAS was told how a Heli Sniper team and the heli crew can be airborne and operational in 3minutes and 45 seconds from word to scramble. Here the RAF regiment Heli Sniper team take postion in the doorway of the Puma helipcopter.

This was part of a visit by CAS to visit various locations across London where service personnel but principly RAF were working. Sir Stephen visited Wembley, Lee Valley, Heinault Park, Ilford and Startford. As the day progressed he got to see the "front of house" staff as well as what was happening behind the scenes. Everything from logistics to training. Sir Stephen also had the opportunity to speak to the public who all came back with positive comments using words like Polite, Courteous and Always Smiling.''On a visit to Ilford TAC, CAS was told how a Heli Sniper team and the heli crew can be airborne and operational in 3minutes and 45 seconds from word to scramble. Here the RAF regiment Heli Sniper team take postion in the doorway of the Puma helipcopter.

Among those he met were two RAF Regiment snipers who showed him the high powered rifles they are trained to use from the Merlin helicopter behind them. RAF Honington confirmed they are based there but those engaged in high level security are not being named publicly.

The snipers’ air-to-air shooting ability makes them a last line of defence against light aircraft threatening the Games.

Sir Stephen said: “Members of the public have consistently described our people as professional, courteous and cheerful.”

“At a time when [they]would be looking forward to summer holidays, 
these individuals have given their time to ensure a safe and enjoyable Olympics.

“I want to thank them for their commitment, hard work and dedication.”