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UK Army's helicopters to help NHS airlift coronavirus patients.

More than a dozen helicopters used for evacuating wounded troops in wartime are on standby to help NHS medics airlift coronavirus patients in the UK and from the Channel Islands.

The COVID Aviation Task Force can be used to transport urgent equipment and personnel anywhere in the country, according to the Ministry of Defence.

It features aircraft from the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm, and the Army Air Corps.

Crew from three helicopters spent time on Thursday with medics from an air ambulance detachment at an airfield in Hampshire, learning how each other operates and about how to keep safe on the coronavirus frontline.

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