814 NAS Sub Hunting in the Mediterranean

March 14, 2019 – The eyes of the Tiger proved to be as sharp as ever as Merlin helicopters joined NATO’s No.1 anti-submarine exercise of the year in Sicily. 814 Naval Air Squadron – aka the Flying Tigers – was invited to take part in Dynamic Manta, the alliance’s annual Mediterranean workout for anti-submarine forces. Ten nations committed ships, submarines, maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters to the two-week exercise, taking place in the Ionian Sea to the east and south of Catania. Two Merlins from Culdrose in Cornwall flew across…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth sets off for F-35B fighter jet trials

August 18, 2018 – Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, departs her home port of Portsmouth today, bound for the USA to land fast jets on deck for the very first time. Eight years since a British aircraft carrier last flew a fast jet from her decks, the 65,000-tonne carrier will embark two F-35B test aircraft, from the Integrated Test Force (ITF), based out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Around 200 supporting staff, including pilots, engineers, maintainers and data analysts will be joined by two ‘orange wired’…

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“Carrier” pigeons nest on HMS Queen Elizabeth

August 21, 2018 – A pair of baby “carrier” pigeons have been found in a secret nest aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth as she sailed for the USA. ‘F-35’ and ‘Lightning’ were rescued by the crew and flown ashore to be handed over to the RSPCA. The chicks were discovered – with no sign of their mother– shortly after the ship left Portsmouth on Saturday. [smartslider3 slider=83] The chicks, estimated to be around ten days old, were found huddled together by a sailor who heard tweeting coming from a remote ledge high…

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