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Pictured is HMS St Albans (F83), the 16th and last of the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigates to be built.

 

She was launched on 6 May 2000. Constructed by BAE Systems at Scotstoun, she was delivered to the Royal Navy in November 2001.

 

The Duke Class Type 23 Frigates which are based in Portsmouth and Devonport, were designed to deal with the Soviet submarine threat – but in the 20 years since the fall of Communism, the frigates have proven their versatility by dealing with virtually every mission imaginable in the four corners of the globe.

 

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Photographer: St Albans

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This is the government pawn shop in our area. I read last week that places like this are doing ten times the business that they usually do at this time of year. Fortunately I have never had to go inside one and when I suggested going in one just to see what was there, my wife reacted in horror, so I have never been in one. I photographed this early in the morning before it opened. Government owned pawn shops usually offer lower interest rates on loans than privately owned ones, I have read.

Typhoon from 29 (R) Squadron based at RAF Coningsby performs at RIAT 2014.

  

The Typhoon FGR4 provides the RAF with a highly capable and extremely agile multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations, including air policing, peace support and high intensity conflict.

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Photographer: Andrew Linnett

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Royal Navy Ice Patrol Vessel HMS Protector cuts through the mist surrounding Brabant Island in the Antarctic.

 

HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice patrol Ship and is deployed on operations for 330 days a year.

 

This image was an entry into the Peregrine Trophy Photographic Compettion 2014.

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Photographer: LA(Phot) Vicki Benwell

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An A400M at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2014 at Fairford, one of the largest Airshows in the UK.

 

The A400M aircraft, when in RAF service, will be named ATLAS and the RAF will take delivery of its first of 22 aircraft in Autumn 2014 with deliveries expected to be complete by 2019.

 

The A400M, which is a collaborative venture involving the governments and industries of six European countries, will support the deployment of the Joint Rapid Reaction Force and will give the RAF a tactical and strategic-airlift aircraft capable of supporting all three services and be interoperable with other nations.

 

The aircraft will be capable of carrying a load of 25 tonnes over a range of 2000nmls at speeds comparable with pure-jet military transports. It will be capable of operating either at low-level (down to 150ft agl) or at high-level altitudes to 40,000ft, and it will be able to deploy troops and/or equipment between and within theatres of operation either by parachute (up to 108 paratroopers), or by landing on short, unprepared or semi-prepared strips. It will also offer significant improvements in reliability, maintenance and operating costs over the C-130J fleet.

  

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Photographer: Cpl Neil Bryden RAF

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Pictured are tracer rounds from the .50 calibre Heavy Machine Gun mounted on a Jackal, streaking across the sky like lasers as soldier’s fire during a night exercise. Flares were fired to illuminate the target area.

 

Troops from the Light Dragoons are back doing their normal activities after helping the country cope with the flooding over the festive period.

Around 200 troops are now being trained as gunners - working into the night to practice their shooting at Warcop Training Area in Cumbria.

The night-firing exercise makes for a breath taking sight with the blast of flares over the hillside, the glow of tracers across the range and flash of muzzle blasts.

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Photographer: Sgt Jamie Peters RLC

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Pictured is a Mastiff fitted with Choker Mine Rollers driving along a dusty track towards a range area.

 

Mastiff vehicle from 5 Armoured Engineer Squadron, Royal Engineers on Exercise Pashtun Charge 5.

 

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Photographer: Steve Dock

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Edit - Here's the onboard footage from the same flight. Enjoy...

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View from the mid upper gun turret of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster aircraft as it soars over London.

 

The Royal Air Force Memorial Flights Lancaster PA474, Thumper III, took part in the Queens Birthday Celebration fly past over London 15th June 2013. Joined by many other arcraft types from the RAF, the fly past transited up obove the Mall and over Buckingham Palace.

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Photographer: Sgt Pete Mobbs

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Spitfire TE311 of the Royal Air Force Memorial Flight (RAFMF) piloted by Wg Cdr "Godders" Godfrey performs a "hot start" during the RAFMF Public Display Authority (PDA).

 

The Spitfire played a major part in achieving ultimate victory in World War Two and truly deserves its place as probably the most successful fighter design ever, and certainly as the most famous and charismatic of all time.

 

This image was a winner in the RAF Photographic Competition 2013.

 

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Photographer: SAC Graham Taylor

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A RAF Tornado from II (AC) Squadron, RAF Marham, flys over the Shard skyscraper building in London during Her Majesty the Queen's 2013 Birthday Flypast over London.

This image was a winner in the Royal Air Force's Photographic Competition 2013.

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Photographer: SAC Andy Masson

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Pictured are the Red Arrows performing a display over the Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpa (KL) City.

 

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, carried out their biggest overseas tour in a decade.

 

More than 20 displays and a series of flypasts were performed across the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions by the world-renowned display team...The major tour, which took two months to complete, saw the Red Arrows perform in China for the first time ever...The aims of the tour include broad international engagement and support to the Global Britain Campaign.

It also contributes to the UK government’s GREAT initiative and showcase the best of British innovation, creativity and industry.

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Photographer: Cpl Steve Buckley

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A Royal Navy Sea King Mk4 helicopter from 845 Naval Air Squadronis pictured landing at a forward operating base during an exercise in northern Norway.

 

This image was the winner of the Maritime Air Prize, part of the Peregrine Trophy 2013 competition for Royal Navy photography. The prize was awarded for the best photograph of one or more Royal Navy helicopters, this category is specifically for rotary wing images.

 

This image was also Highly Commended in the Maritime Image Award category.

 

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Photographer: PO(Phot) Mez Merrill

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Pictured is part of the Red Arrows display tem flying over China.

 

Aviation history was made by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team when the Red Arrows performed a public display in China for the first time.

 

The show takes the number of countries in which the Red Arrows have performed to 57 since 1965 – the team’s opening season.

  

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Photographer: Cpl Steve Buckley

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Pictured is a Wildcat Brigade Reconnaissance Helicopter (BRH) helicopter with 847 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) conducting recce patrols in the Norwegian Fjords.

 

The Wildcat is the latest generation of multi role helicopter for the Royal Navy. It looks much like its predecessor, possessing many of its outstanding characteristics, but is leaps ahead in many ways.

 

The engines and tail rotor system are considerably more powerful and the cabin is much improved with state-of-the-art cockpit instruments, hi-tech communications and cutting-edge targeting systems.

 

Extremely versatile, the Wildcat is designed for a variety of roles – anti-ship, anti-submarine, ship protection, casualty evacuation, battlefield reconnaissance and general utility.

 

Image was a winner in the Peregrine Trophy 2016.

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Photographer: PO(Phot) Si Ethell

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A 33 Squadron Puma HC Mk2 Helicopter performing dust landings during Exercise Jebel Sahara in Morocco.

 

The Puma HC Mk1 reached its Out of Service date with the Royal Air Force in December 2012. After a life extension programme to deliver a significantly upgraded aircraft, the Puma HC Mk2 took to the skies with an RAF crew in September 2013.

 

The Puma HC Mk2 boasts two new powerful engines, which will provide a major increase in performance, especially in hot and high conditions, and an additional internal fuel tank that increases its range and endurance.

 

The new glass cockpit includes a world-class four axis digital autopilot, secure communications and an advanced Flight Management System.

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Photographer: Corporal (Cpl) Connor Payne

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Air to air image of a Spitfire, taken over RAF Coningsby.

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Photographer: SAC Scott Lewis

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Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender is mirrored in water following a downpour on the dockside in Glasgow, Scotland her affiliated city.

 

HMS Defender is the fifth of the Navy’s six state-of-the-art Type 45 destroyers – Defender was built in Glasgow which is one of her two affiliated cities (the other is Exeter). After delivery to her home port of Portsmouth in July 2012 and acceptance into the Fleet in March 2013, she is now undergoing extensive sea trials and training in order to undertake operational duties anywhere in the world when tasked.

 

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Photographer: L(Phot) Will Haigh

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A Challenger 2 main battle tank with The Queen's Royal Hussars (QRH) at Hohne ranges in Germany.

 

Challenger 2 (CR2) is the British Army's main mattle tank. CR2 is based on the Challenger 1 tank, which served with distinction on operations in the Gulf War and the Balkans.

 

Only five percent of Challenger 2 components are interchangeable with its predecessor, which has had more than 150 major modifications including a completely new turret, L30 CHARM 120mm gun and second generation Chobham armour.

 

Challenger 2's thermal observation and gunnery displays a magnified image for the commander and gunner. The commander has a gyro-stabilised fully panoramic sight with laser range finder and thermal imager.

 

The gunner is equipped with a gyro-stabilised primary sight with a laser range finder and coaxially mounted auxiliary sight. The driver's position has an image-intensifying day and night periscope, and the loader has a day sight.

  

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Photographer: Cpl Ross Fernie RLC

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A sand storm enveloping Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

 

Transported by high winds the sand and dust of the arid Afghan terrain is whipped up, covering everything it crosses.

 

Camp Bastion was handed over to Afghan security forces as part of the planned UK drawdown in Helmand in October 2014.

    

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Photographer: Cpl Daniel Wiepen

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A Spitfire and Hurricane in flight at RAF High Wycombe. Image taken for the BBMF 2005 Brochure.

 

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Photographer: Cpl Gary Morgan

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The Royal Air Force Memorial Flight's Lancaster PA 474 undertakes a night engine run in preparation for the 2013 commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raids of World War 2.

 

Painted with the nose art of 617 squadron's Thumper Mk III, this aircraft, the only flying example of its type in Europe and will retrace the training missions flown by 617 Squadron crews over the Derwent Dam in May 2013.

 

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Photographer: Sgt Mobbs

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Pictured is the UK Main Battle Tank, Challenger 2 Theatre Entry Standard (CR2 TES) fitted with a Mobile Camouflage System (MCS).

 

The tank is seen driving at high speed toward the camera...This platform is the reference vehicle for the British Army and it is held at the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) in Bovington. This tanks internal nickname is Megatron.

 

It is shown during testing at the Bovington test ground.

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Photographer: Sgt Ross Tilly

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Pictured are Soldiers of C Coy 2 Royal Anglian using a compound as shelter during an operation.

 

Soldiers from 9/12 Lancers transported C Coy in their Warthog armoured vehicles in what was their final operation prior to them being disbanded when they return to the UK as part of Army 2020.

  

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Photographer: Cpl Daniel Wiepen

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A Russian Bear aircraft is escorted by a Royal Air Force Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Typhoon during an intercept in September 2014.

 

Royal Air Force aircraft at RAF Lossiemouth launched the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) for the first time since the Moray base took on the role of defending the UK’s Northern airspace. Typhoon jets were scrambled to identify aircraft in international airspace. The aircraft, identified as Russian military ‘Bears’, did not enter UK airspace.

  

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Photographer: Sgt Fenwick

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Pictured are a special formation of Chinooks from 18,27 & 28 Sqn, part of their 100th anniversary celebrations.

 

On Wednesday 14 September a very special formation left RAF Odiham bound for the south coast of England but tactical camouflage was not on the agenda! In the past 18 months three Chinook aircraft have been painted to celebrate the 100th anniversaries of 18(B) and 27 Squadron from RAF Odiham and 28 Squadron from RAF Benson.

 

With the first of the helicopters expected to be returned to standard operational markings in the near future this opportunity was integrated in to a formation training sortie which tested the crews’ ability to plan and execute some very unique tasks. With it being so complex the mission was, unusually, briefed the day prior to launch and each crew walked through the various maneouvres in the hangar, in what is colloquially known as a ‘rock drill.’ At the hour they walked for their aircraft each member had a firm grasp of the planned movements which enabled them to focus on maintaining strict safety margins.

 

The day itself was only the end of a long road though, with preparation having begun over 6 months ago. Operational restraints cancelled the first planned date in June and the only other window where all three aircraft were available concurrently was identified as being this week.

 

RAF Odiham’s dedicated and professional engineering teams were therefore faced with generating three very specific airframes to complete this sortie whilst concurrently deploying multiple others to support exercises in Sweden and onboard HMS Ocean and providing manpower to flying detachments in the United States and elsewhere. They succeeded and the results of their efforts are clearly seen.The Serco team who painted the Chinooks at Odiham, each in the space of two intense weeks, were invited to see the three lined up on the dispersal together for what may be the first and only time – a moment they had waited a long time to see.

 

As for the stunning imagery seen here, that could certainly not have been captured without the generous contribution of 657 Sqn Army Air Corps, also based at RAF Odiham, who integrated a Lynx aircraft with the formation to act as a camera platform. This again provided a valuable training opportunity for dissimilar types to operate together, all the while having to maintain awareness of the other’s capabilities and limitations.

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Photographer: SAC Nicholas Egan (RAF)

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Pictured is an Apache AH1D Attack Helicopter flying in support of the exercising troop movement during the British Army’s Combined Arms Manoeuvre Demonstration held at Knighton Down, Salisbury Plain Training Area in October 2016.

 

The aim was to demonstrate the capabilities of an Armoured Infantry Battlegroup as part of the Vanguard Armoured Infantry Brigade within a Reaction Force Division context...As well as a series of static stands there were two demonstrations. The first was a blank firing manoeuvre showing minefield crossing and a hasty attack. The second, a live firepower demonstration, using an enemy counter attack on a defensive position..

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Photographer: Mr Richard King ADSL MMC

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Type 23 HMS Montrose's Lynx helicopter dips her nose toward the ship during escort duties for Operation Recysr in the Mediterranean Sea.

 

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Photographer: L(Phot) Alex Knott

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Image of Air Dog Baco leaping out of a Police car at RAF Northolt.

 

Ever wondered what it takes to become a Royal Air Force Police Dog Handler?

 

To become a Police Dog Handler within the RAF, you firstly have to attend a Basic Police Course at the Defence Police School, Portsmouth, followed by a 3 week Patrol Dog Handlers Course.

 

This involves basic dog handling techniques, safety procedures, canine first aid and rules of engagement training. Following a minimum of 3 years on Patrol Dog duties, a handler may apply to specialise by completing a further 9 week Service Police Dog Handler course. All dog courses are conducted at the Defence Animal Centre, Melton Mowbray.

 

The training for all specialisations of Military Working Dog can take months at a time, with continuous training being conducted on a daily basis for the duration of their working career. Hundreds of dogs are trained each year and are sourced from all over the world.

  

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Photographer: Cpl Lee Matthews

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Pictured is HMS Protector viewed from her Survey Motor Boat.

 

HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice patrol Ship and is deployed on operations for 330 days a year.

 

The ship is capable of positioning to pinpoint accuracy in winds of up to 80 knots and is fitted with an impressive array of specialist equipment.

 

This includes a hull mounted multi-beam echo sounder; a state-of-the-art survey motor boat (SMB), ‘James Caird IV’; an 8.5m ramped Work Boat, ‘Terra Nova’; seven high-speed rigid inflatable and inflatable boats; three quad bikes and trailers and a Land Rover and two trailers.

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Photographer: L(Phot) Nicky Wilson

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Pictured are two aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) in the skies above Lincolnshire.

 

Top left is Hurricane LF363, painted to represent 249 Squadron Battle of Britain Hurricane ‘GN-F’ on its port side.

 

GN-F was the aircraft flown during the Battle of Britain by fighter ace Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC and Bar AFC AE LdH.

 

'SD-A' code letters on LF363's starboard side are the code letters of the 501 Squadron Hurricane flown by Paul Farnes DFM also during the Battle of Britain.

 

Centre left is Lancaster PA474 wearing 460 Squadron (RAAF)'s AR-L on her portside and 50 Squadron VN-T on her starboard side.

 

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Pictured is the UK Main Battle Tank, Challenger 2 Theatre Entry Standard (CR2 TES) fitted with a Mobile Camouflage System (MCS). ..This platform is the reference vehicle for the British Army and it is held at the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) in Bovington. This tanks internal nickname is Megatron.

 

It is shown during testing at the Bovington test ground.

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During a routine patrol in the gulf region, HMS Defender broke away from her usual tasking in order to conduct a live 4.5" gunnery exercise.

 

The purpose of this training exercise is to prove proficiency at naval gunfire support.

 

HMS Defender is the fifth of the Navy's six state-of-the-art Type 45 destroyers.

 

4.5 inch Mk 8 Mod 1 naval gun is capable of hitting surface, aircraft and shore targets and is fitted to the Royal Navy’s latest Frigates and Destroyers.

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HMS Defender undertaking a sovereignty patrol in Gibraltar.

 

HMS Defender is the fifth of the Navy's six state-of-the-art Type 45 destroyers.

 

Destroyers are part of the backbone of the Royal Navy, committed around the world 365 days a year hunting pirates, drug runners or submarines, defending the Fleet from air attack, and providing humanitarian aid after natural disasters.

 

Britain's 6 Type 45 destroyers are the most advanced warships the nation has ever built. Their mission is to shield the Fleet from air attack using Sea Viper missile which can knock targets out of the sky up to 70 miles away.

 

The Daring Class of Destroyer (Type 45) is capable of controlling the airspace across an area of 150,000 square miles (twice the size of Portugal) whilst being able to defend a task group of ships against attack from the air, either by aircraft or missiles.

 

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Pictured are a special formation of Chinooks from 18,27 & 28 Sqn, part of their 100th anniversary celebrations.

 

On Wednesday 14 September a very special formation left RAF Odiham bound for the south coast of England but tactical camouflage was not on the agenda! In the past 18 months three Chinook aircraft have been painted to celebrate the 100th anniversaries of 18(B) and 27 Squadron from RAF Odiham and 28 Squadron from RAF Benson.

 

With the first of the helicopters expected to be returned to standard operational markings in the near future this opportunity was integrated in to a formation training sortie which tested the crews’ ability to plan and execute some very unique tasks. With it being so complex the mission was, unusually, briefed the day prior to launch and each crew walked through the various maneouvres in the hangar, in what is colloquially known as a ‘rock drill.’ At the hour they walked for their aircraft each member had a firm grasp of the planned movements which enabled them to focus on maintaining strict safety margins.

 

The day itself was only the end of a long road though, with preparation having begun over 6 months ago. Operational restraints cancelled the first planned date in June and the only other window where all three aircraft were available concurrently was identified as being this week.

 

RAF Odiham’s dedicated and professional engineering teams were therefore faced with generating three very specific airframes to complete this sortie whilst concurrently deploying multiple others to support exercises in Sweden and onboard HMS Ocean and providing manpower to flying detachments in the United States and elsewhere. They succeeded and the results of their efforts are clearly seen.The Serco team who painted the Chinooks at Odiham, each in the space of two intense weeks, were invited to see the three lined up on the dispersal together for what may be the first and only time – a moment they had waited a long time to see.

 

As for the stunning imagery seen here, that could certainly not have been captured without the generous contribution of 657 Sqn Army Air Corps, also based at RAF Odiham, who integrated a Lynx aircraft with the formation to act as a camera platform. This again provided a valuable training opportunity for dissimilar types to operate together, all the while having to maintain awareness of the other’s capabilities and limitations.

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A Royal Air Force Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules, ZH880, painted in No. 47 Squadron colours to celebrate the Squadron's Centenary, arriving at it's home base RAF Brize Norton.

 

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A chinook from 18 Sqn RAF Odiham delivers vital aid to stranded farms in the Antrim glens following adverse weather. The image, taken by myself, is nearly identical to another one of mine from the day, previously released by the RAF/defence imagery sites. I felt it deserved a place on my Flickr feed too. Crown Copyright 2013. A high resolution version can be downloaded for limited public use from the Defence Imagery website in accordance with the open government licence (OGL) Taken on a Nikon D3x.

Pictured is a Chinook HC Mk3 from RAF Odiham flying in the Helicopter lanes over London.

 

The Chinook is an able and versatile support helicopter that can be armed with crew served weapons to provide self-defence, and can be operated from land or ship in such diverse environments as the Arctic, jungle and desert.

 

Chinook aircraft are used for trooping, resupply, and battlefield Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC), and for carrying internal and/or underslung loads. They can carry up to 55 troops (more, usually 24 to 40) and/or up to 10 tonnes of freight. A secondary role includes Search and Rescue (SAR).

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Pictured are a special formation of Chinooks from 18,27 & 28 Sqn, part of their 100th anniversary celebrations.

 

On Wednesday 14 September a very special formation left RAF Odiham bound for the south coast of England but tactical camouflage was not on the agenda! In the past 18 months three Chinook aircraft have been painted to celebrate the 100th anniversaries of 18(B) and 27 Squadron from RAF Odiham and 28 Squadron from RAF Benson.

 

With the first of the helicopters expected to be returned to standard operational markings in the near future this opportunity was integrated in to a formation training sortie which tested the crews’ ability to plan and execute some very unique tasks. With it being so complex the mission was, unusually, briefed the day prior to launch and each crew walked through the various maneouvres in the hangar, in what is colloquially known as a ‘rock drill.’ At the hour they walked for their aircraft each member had a firm grasp of the planned movements which enabled them to focus on maintaining strict safety margins.

 

The day itself was only the end of a long road though, with preparation having begun over 6 months ago. Operational restraints cancelled the first planned date in June and the only other window where all three aircraft were available concurrently was identified as being this week.

 

RAF Odiham’s dedicated and professional engineering teams were therefore faced with generating three very specific airframes to complete this sortie whilst concurrently deploying multiple others to support exercises in Sweden and onboard HMS Ocean and providing manpower to flying detachments in the United States and elsewhere. They succeeded and the results of their efforts are clearly seen.The Serco team who painted the Chinooks at Odiham, each in the space of two intense weeks, were invited to see the three lined up on the dispersal together for what may be the first and only time – a moment they had waited a long time to see.

 

As for the stunning imagery seen here, that could certainly not have been captured without the generous contribution of 657 Sqn Army Air Corps, also based at RAF Odiham, who integrated a Lynx aircraft with the formation to act as a camera platform. This again provided a valuable training opportunity for dissimilar types to operate together, all the while having to maintain awareness of the other’s capabilities and limitations.

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HMS DARING sailing into Gibraltar while vessels from the Gibraltar Royal Naval Squadron provides security while she is within the British Gibraltar territorial waters...The two Fast Patrol Boats of the Royal Navy's Gibraltar Squadron, HMS Sabre and HMS Scimitar, watch over Gibraltar's shores and support ships in the Strait of Gibraltar. The two boats, along with three Pacific Rigid Inflatable Boats, support British exercises and operations in the area...HMS Daring, the first Type 45, is at the forefront of the Royal Navy’s next generation of Area Air Defence Destroyers. At 151 metres long, weighing 8000 tonnes and packed with the latest in Air Warfare technology, Daring is a world leader and world beater...Her highly trained complement of 190 Sailors is trained to act across the full spectrum of military activity; including such missions as Disaster Relief in the wake of a typhoon, Maritime Security operations to counter the threat from piracy, and when required, high intensity war fighting against the nation’s enemies.

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Pictured is HMS Protector viewed from her Quad Copter.

 

HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice patrol Ship and is deployed on operations for 330 days a year.

 

The ship is capable of positioning to pinpoint accuracy in winds of up to 80 knots and is fitted with an impressive array of specialist equipment.

 

This includes a hull mounted multi-beam echo sounder; a state-of-the-art survey motor boat (SMB), ‘James Caird IV’; an 8.5m ramped Work Boat, ‘Terra Nova’; seven high-speed rigid inflatable and inflatable boats; three quad bikes and trailers and a Land Rover and two trailers.

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This series of images where taken on the "Open Door" event in Ottawa. On that day they open government buildings and museums to the public. This was taken in the Wellington Building. I always wanted to shoot a nice spiral staircase. It was so busy, this was the closest I got from a empty staircase. But I still like the result.

A Chinook HC3 helcopter from RAF Odiham lands at RAF Shawbury for a re fuel on route to its home station.

 

The Chinook is an able and versatile support helicopter that can be armed with crew served weapons to provide self-defence, and can be operated from land or ship in such diverse environments as the Arctic, jungle and desert.

 

Chinook aircraft are used for trooping, resupply, and battlefield Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC), and for carrying internal and/or underslung loads. They can carry up to 55 troops (more, usually 24 to 40) and/or up to 10 tonnes of freight. A secondary role includes Search and Rescue (SAR).

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Pictured is a C130J Hercules aircraft from 47 Sqn RAF Brize Norton on the pan at RAF St Athan, South Wales.

 

The Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules is derived from an earlier model and has been modified and upgraded to include new Allison AE turboprop engines and Dowty Aerospace six-bladed composite propellers.

 

The new engines and advanced propellers, coupled with a new digital engine-control system, give the C-130J increased take-off thrust and better fuel efficiency. The aircraft also has a revised flight deck with modern glass-cockpit and head-up displays, allowing two-pilot, flight deck operation. The cockpit of the aircraft is fully night-vision compatible with the use of night-vision goggles.

A separate Air Loadmaster station has been established in the cargo hold. The aircraft has been cleared for wider use in the Tactical Support role.

 

The defensive-aids suite includes a missile warning system linked to the directional, infra-red countermeasure system, a radar warning receiver and a chaff and flare dispensing system. The defensive system helps protect the aircraft against surface-to-air and air-to-air infra-red seeking weapons that may be encountered during operations.

 

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This series of images where taken on the "Open Door" event in Ottawa. On that day they open government buildings and museums to the public. This was taken in the Wellington Building. This is some of the architectural details inside the building

Pictured are 846 Naval Air Squadron conducting Role Demos with their Merlin MK3 Helicopters at RNAS Yeovilton...846 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) is one of two frontline squadrons forming part of the Royal Navy’s Commando Helicopter Force (CHF). 846 is in the vanguard of the conversion to the Merlin Mk3, and has now returned home to RNAS Yeovilton...846 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) are the first Royal Navy squadron to convert to Merlin Mk 3.

Merlin Mk3 is a new aircraft type for the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF). It will advance capability for the primary customer, The Royal Marines.

 

To take on the demanding Commando Role (from ship to shore operations) the current Merlin Mk3 fleet will undergo an upgrade package through an interim model. It will then move towards the advanced Merlin Mk4.

 

This will further increase the capability of this proven battlefield helicopter.

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Pictured is a Commando Helicopter Force Merlin Mk3 helicopter and HMS Scimitar, a Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Boat from the Gibraltar Squadron training above and in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters...Working from RAF Gibraltar, 2 Merlin Mk3 helicopters from 846 Naval Air Squadron based at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset were consolidating their contingency deployment capability during Exercise Barbary Commando 16. ..Merlin Mk3 is a new aircraft type for the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF). It will advance capability for the primary customer, The Royal Marines...846 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) are the first Royal Navy squadron to convert to Merlin Mk 3..To take on the demanding Commando Role (from ship to shore operations) the current Merlin Mk3 fleet will undergo an upgrade package through an interim model. It will then move towards the advanced Merlin Mk4. This will further increase the capability of this proven battlefield helicopter.

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Pictured is the first of the UK’s F-35B Lightning II jets to be flown to the UK.

It is shown here being refueled during its during from the USA to Britain....Accompanied by two United States Marine Corps F-35B aircraft from their training base at Beaufort, South Carolina...The F-35B Lightning II will place the UK at the forefront of fighter technology, giving the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy a true multi-role all weather, day and night capability, able to operate from well-established land bases, deployed locations or the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers...The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be known in UK service as the Lightning II. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor but the UK is the only Level 1 partner with the US. A number of British companies, including BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce will have significant industrial work-share in construction and development of the aircraft. The Lightning II will provide UK Defence with a 5th Generation (low observable, supersonic, enhanced data fusion), multi-role, all weather, day and night aircraft that will have the ability to operate from land bases as well as the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, the first of which is due to accept Lightning II onto her deck in 2018. This basing flexibility will give UK Defence a truly joint expeditionary Combat Air capability well into the 2030’s. The RAF is the lead service for the operation of Lightning II and, like the Harrier before, the Joint Lightning II Force will be manned by both RAF and RN personnel..

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Pictured is HMS Scimitar, a Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Boat, based at Gibraltar conducting training in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters..The two Fast Patrol Boats of the Royal Navy's Gibraltar Squadron, HMS Sabre and HMS Scimitar, watch over Gibraltar's shores and support ships in the Strait of Gibraltar.

 

The two boats, along with three Pacific Rigid Inflatable Boats, support British exercises and operations in the area.

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Picture are, on the left RFA GOLD ROVER, and on her right HMS LANCASTER sailing together on Atlantic Patrol Task (South) duties.

 

RFA GOLD ROVER first joined HMS LANCASTER in the Falklands Islands back in June 2015 during the unforgiving South Atlantic winter. Since then, the two Ships have sailed to warmer climes, crossing the Atlantic to the remote island of Tristan Da Cunha, then on to conduct a month long maintenance period in South Africa. From there, they sailed in company up the West Coast of Africa with stops including Angola, the British Overseas territory of St Helena, Ghana and Togo.

 

Currently deployed to the South Atlantic, RFA Gold Rover stands ready to support Royal Navy warships operating in the region and will remain on task until 2017 when she comes to the end of her career.

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