847 NAS Joined by Apaches in Norway

February 21, 2019 – Aircrew and engineers from 847 Naval Air Squadron have found a new friend in the deep freeze of the Arctic Circle after training with Apache attack helicopters. The Wildcat helicopter squadron based at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton have been in Norway since January as part of the annual Exercise Clockwork. It is the first time…

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Junglie Sea King finds permanent home in Arctic to mark 50 years of cooperation

January 23, 2019 – More than 30 years after it was first rolled out of the hangar at Yeovil, a veteran Navy helicopter has made its final journey – by sea and road. This green Sea King Mk4 will serve as a permanent reminder of the affection and gratitude of sailors and Royal Marines for the Norwegian people – and…

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First test bombs dropped from HMS Queen Elizabeth’s F-35s

October 18, 2018 – The first bombs have been dropped from F-35 Lightning fighter jets conducting trials on board Britain’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The inert GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided precision bombs were dropped off the east coast of the USA, marking another significant milestone in the carrier’s trials. Adding the 500lb bombs to the jets for…

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F-35 pilot makes history with revolutionary method of landing jets on HMS Queen Elizabeth

October 15, 2018 – A revolutionary method of landing an F-35 Lightning fighter jet on a ship has been carried out for the first time on board the UK’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. British test pilot Peter Wilson made history when he conducted the first ever shipborne rolling vertical landing (SRVL) this weekend – a method which looks…

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Royal Marines squadron marks 50 years of commando support

October 3, 2018 -The ‘flying eyes’ of the Royal Marines past and present gathered in Yeovilton to celebrate 50 years of keeping the commandos at least one step ahead of their foes on the battlefield. 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron – which today has morphed into 847 Naval Air Squadron – started life as an aerial reconnaissance unit, but over…

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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…

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HMS Montrose shadows Russian warships through English Channel

The Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose shadowed two Russian warships in the approaches to the English Channel after they ventured out of the Baltic. The Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate sailed up the Channel to meet with corvettes RFS Boikiy and Stoikiy as the Russian vessels sortied from their base in the Baltic and entered the North Sea. HMS Montrose worked alongside…

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Red Arrows to headline RAF100 tribute at Yeovilton Air Day

Smoke on! The world-class Red Arrows will lead the Royal Air Force’s centenary involvement at this year’s RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day on Saturday 7 July. The RAF has had the Red Arrows as its official aerobatic team for over half its lifespan. Flying their nine red-painted BAe Hawk T1 jet trainers, 2018’s Red Arrows are led by a new…

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Thunder inbound to RNAS Yeovilton Air Day in July

Making its Air Day debut, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton is hugely excited to announce the Hellenic Air Force F-16 Demo Team ‘Zeus’ will participate in the flying display on Saturday 7 July. Flying the state-of-the-art F-16C Block 52+, the team is named after the ancient Greek sky and thunder god. Established in late 2009, the demo team has made…

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HMS Duncan deploys to Mediterranean and Gulf

Royal Navy warship HMS Duncan today deployed to the Mediterranean to take over as flagship to a major NATO task group. The Type 45 destroyer left Portsmouth Naval Base this morning to resume the role after a three-month stint in charge last year. HMS Duncan will conduct defense engagement activities alongside the UK’s NATO partners and will lead Standing NATO…

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HMS Example conducts training exercise at sea with Wildcat helicopter

Royal Navy fast patrol boat HMS Example recently took members from Northumbrian University Royal Naval Unit (NURNU) and representatives of the Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (RFCA) to sea. HMS Example sailed from HMS Calliope, the Newcastle RNR base, and down the River Tyne to the North Sea. After an hour of flat, calm river transit, Example started to feel…

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