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Northern Ireland


Gazelle Helicopter

The Joint Helicopter Force Northern Ireland (JHF(NI)) is based at RAF Aldergrove near Antrim.

The 'Normalisation Process' of recent years has led to a gradual reduction in the need for helicopter support and, as of 1 Aug 2007, JHF(NI) now provides Gazelle and Islander aircraft in support of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and military units.



RAF Aldergrove remains the home base for other helicopter units now tasked to support operations abroad

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