British Army helicopters in Tallinn overflight Saturday morning

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British helicopters flying over Freedom Square. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

Two helicopters from Britain's Army Air Corps (AAC) flew over Tallinn's Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square) on Saturday morning.

The flight took place at 11.00 a.m. and involved an AgustaWestland Apache attack helicopter and two AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcats, all in AAC service.

The flight was aimed at symbolizing strong and continued relations between Estonia and the U.K. and as a thank you for hosting British military personnel at Tapa, where the bulk of the U.K.-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) is based, and in other locations, including Ämari Air Base.

The helicopters had been in Estonia since last month and took part in the three-week mass Exercise Spring Storm (Kevadtorm) which ended last week and involved British troops alongside NATO allies, including those of the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) and the volunteer Defense League (Kaitseliit).

The gesture follows several recent reports, including those in the international media, of alleged off-base misbehavior on the part of British soldiers based at Tapa.

 

The helicopters will fly at an altitude of 300m (1,000 feet) approx.

Sun is forecast for Saturday though the weather is changeable, with a chance of rain and also thunder in parts of the country.

As of Friday, gatherings outdoors of up to a thousand people are permitted.

Distinct from the RAF, and a separate service, the AAC is the British Army's aviation element, dealing almost exclusively with helicopters and contributing to the tri-service Joint Helicopter Command.

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