Watch for military helicopters overhead as part of Bovington exercise

Purbeck residents should keep an eye on the sky, as military aviation manoeuvres are taking place over the course of next week – and several different helicopters will be taking part.

The Armour Centre, a training facility based at Dorset’s Bovington Army Camp, will host the operation, which will last from Monday 28th September 2020 until Friday 2nd October 2020.


Each day, various different helicopters will take to the skies for the exercises between midday and 1 am.

Eight helicopters including the Chinook, Merlin and Wildcat

On a social media post, the centre explained:

“Up to eight helicopters including the Chinook, Merlin and Wildcat will operate daily between approximately 1200-0100.

“In order to meet all training objectives, the aircrew are required to achieve a number of night sorties, this will necessarily mean flying through to the early hours of the morning.

“Aircraft routing in and out of Bovington Camp has been planned to minimise disruption as far as possible and the continued support of the local community is very much appreciated during this essential training.”

The Chinook is a helicopter operated by the RAF, while the Merlin and the Wildcat are used by the Royal Navy. The Army also uses the Wildcat.

Share this story

Contact us

Do you have anything to add to this story?

We like to keep everything up-to-date, so if you know more, please help us by getting in touch.


Top stories

Top comedians film at Purbeck’s Square and Compass pub TV and stage comics Bill Bailey and Paul Merton stopped off for a pint in Worth Matravers in Dorset on a mission to get men to talk about mental health. 1 week ago What’s on in Swanage: Festivals line-up for 2024 2 weeks ago Sea Rex museum to shut for a month as crowds flock to Purbeck 3 weeks ago Oil well at Wytch Farm to be shut down within four years 1 week ago Official launch for new Purbeck cider with a golden touch 4 weeks ago

Most recent

Swanage RNLI volunteers get invite to Westminster Abbey To mark the 200th anniversary of the RNLI, representatives from Swanage Lifeboat Station will join other volunteers from around the UK at a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in ... 9 hours ago Injured walker rescued from coast path near Dancing Ledge 11 hours ago Home grown Swanage talent makes artistic splash at The Mowlem 1 day ago Swanage family’s fund raising thank you for saving their baby’s life 2 days ago Swanage cancer charity founders honoured with top Rotary award 3 days ago