Navy airmen prepare for Afghanistan

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NAVAL airmen are preparing to head to the front line in Afghanistan.

Around 50 sailors and Royal Marines from 847 Naval Air Squadron are deploying to operate the new Lynx Mk9A battlefield helicopter. Their primary role is to escort helicopters supplying operating bases in support of British forces.