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Cyclists from RNAS Culdrose take part in memorial bike ride

By AliceWright  |  Posted: March 14, 2013

The 849 Naval Air Squadron cycle team

The 849 Naval Air Squadron cycle team

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A team of 14 cyclists from RNAS Culdrose will set off on a 400 mile journey to the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in Staffordshire next Monday. 

Members of 849 Naval Air Squadron from the air base near Helston are taking part in the ride to mark the 10th anniversary of Operation Telic and a tragic helicopter crash that killed seven members of the squadron during the military operations in Iraq. 

It will culminate on Friday March 22 at a ceremony alongside families and friends of the aircrew who died on March 22 2003, soon after the operations began, when two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters collided over the Northern Gulf. 

The ride will take place over five days, with the cyclists riding approximately 70 - 90 miles per day, backed up by a road support team.

Lieutenant Dave Anderson, an observer in the squadron, has organised the ride. He said: "I knew one of the guys who was killed on 849 Squadron and have lost good friends in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's going to be a long slog but it'll be worth it reaching the National Memorial and raising money for charity."

Senior Royal Navy Officers will attend the event in Staffordshire, along with personnel serving with the squadron during Operation Telic in 2003 and family members of those who died.

As well as raising awareness of those who have given their lives in conflicts, the ride will raise money for the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC), the NMA Appeal, and the Fly Navy Heritage Trust. 

Click here for the group's charity page. 

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