The UK Army Air Corps unit of Apache attack helicopters will participate in Exercise Joint Warrior onboard the Royal Navy’s fleet flagship HMS Ark Royal.

The helicopters used in land operations will be trained to broaden their sea experience and capability with the navy.

The pilots will initially adapt to the unique difficulties that arise while operating at sea and will perform deck landings in a variety of conditions.

The exercise will also allow the helicopters to take part in simulated small-scale warfare, attacking land targets in a series of assaults planned, launched and directed by HMS Ark Royal.

Apache, known for its firepower and target-tracking capabilities, will further explore how these capabilities can be broadened from a seaborne platform.

Exercise Joint Warrior will be held in October 2010 off the west coast of Scotland.