Honington snipers for Olympics

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SNIPERS from the RAF Regiment at Honington took part in an Olympic security exercise witnessed by the Defence Secretary.

As Philip Hammond watched from a Sentry command aircraft on Wednesday, RAF Typhoon fighters, from RAF Coningsby, and Honington’s sniper teams in Puma helicopters, from RAF Benson, were scrambled to meet the ‘threat’ of an undientified aircraft approaching London’s Olympic village in exercise Taurus Mountain 2.

The exercise also involved Royal Navy helicopters and Army and RAF resources from as far apart as Rutland and Northumberland.

Afterwards, Mr Hammond met some of the personnel who will man aircraft, radar and other equipment as part of the forces’ contribution to the Home Office and Police-led security plan to protect the Olympic and Paralympic Games later this year.

The Ministry of Defence said that by combining sniper-carrying helicopters with the Typhoons, which were always on stand-by, they provided a ‘powerful system to intercept, identify and respond to any potential threat which might emerge’.