US Army 1-3rd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB) and Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment have conducted a training flight.

The flight exercise involved 18 AH-64 Apache helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters, reported USAG Ansbach Public Affairs’ Amy Stork.

The aircraft took off from the Katterbach US Army Airfield and demonstrated their combat capabilities for two hours.

1-3rd ARB performed the training mission under realistic conditions and with the complete battalion.

Also known as Vipers, 1-3rd ARB is an attack battalion stationed in the US European Command area of responsibility on a permanent basis.

US Army 7th Army Training Command commanding general Brigade General Christopher R Norrie said: “Putting 18 Apaches into the air at one time to conduct coordinated movement and training is no small task, it reflects thousands of training hours and planning.

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“This is as visible a sign as any of our ability here in US Army Europe to deploy combat credible formations at scale, and our ability to fight tonight in a near-peer environment.

“For the men and women of the Griffin Brigade to be exercising at this level of collective training while also balancing preventing the potential spread of Covid-19 and enforcing distancing whenever possible, it speaks volumes to their readiness and professionalism as an organisation.”

The all-weather AH-64 Apache attack helicopters are deployed on behalf of the ground force commanders for attack and reconnaissance missions.