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Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious Returns To Portsmouth Folllowing Refit
Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious Returns To Portsmouth Folllowing Refit
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HMS Exeter is shown in the foreground with HMS Illustrious
HMS Exeter is shown in the foreground with HMS Illustrious
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Royal Navy Replenishment at Sea
Royal Navy Replenishment at Sea
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A Harrier GR7 of 1 Squadron RAF took part in Deck Operations on-board HMS Illustrious
A Harrier GR7 of 1 Squadron RAF took part in Deck Operations on-board HMS Illustrious
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Royal Navy Melin Mk 2 Helicopters on HMS Illustrious
Royal Navy Melin Mk 2 Helicopters on HMS Illustrious
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HMS Illustrious Returning to Portsmouth
HMS Illustrious Returning to Portsmouth
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US Osprey Aircraft Landing on HMS Illustrious
US Osprey Aircraft Landing on HMS Illustrious
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Periscope of USS Dallas and HMS Illustrious
Periscope of USS Dallas and HMS Illustrious
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HMS Illustrious at Speed
HMS Illustrious at Speed
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HMS Illustrious Visiting Glen Mallan in Scotland
HMS Illustrious Visiting Glen Mallan in Scotland
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HMS Illustrious
HMS Illustrious
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HMS Illustrious Refuelling from FS Somme
HMS Illustrious Refuelling from FS Somme
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HMS Exeter is shown in the foreground with HMS Illustrious, taking part in Exercise Neptune Warrior Featured Print

HMS Exeter is shown in the foreground with HMS Illustrious, taking part in Exercise Neptune Warrior

HMS Exeter is shown in the foreground with HMS Illustrious, taking part in Exercise Neptune Warrior.
Having spent two years embarking periodically in HMS Invincible as the High-Readiness Aircraft Carrier, 801 NAS had just returned from 6 weeks training with HMS Illustrious, in order to assist in her preparations for the role. Embarking for the second and third phases of her Operational Sea Training (OST) package, together with 849 Squadron A Flight Sea King Mk 7s and a Sea King Mk 6 of 771 Squadron, 801's Sea Harrier FA2s tailored their flying to provide progressive training for all of HMS Illustrious newly formed crew.
After two weeks of combined Fixed and Rotary Wing flying operations, HMS Illustrious next embarked the RAF Harrier GR7's of 1(F) Squadron, who soon adjusted to the unique demands of operating from an Aircraft Carrier at sea. It was at this point, after three intensive weeks that HMS Illustrious and her Tailored Air Group (TAG) were assessed to be fit to continue into Phase 3 of OST, where a highflying rate would be integrated into a tactical scenario.
Following a brief port visit to Newcastle, in order to refresh all embarked personnel and conduct essential maintenance, HMS Illustrious sailed with her full complement of TAG for Exercise Neptune Warrior. This Exercise had an extremely large number of multinational participants, ranging from HMAS Anzac (an Australian Frigate), to a Dutch Submarine, and was conducted in the challenging waters of the North-West Scottish coast. Neptune Warrior pitted two large Naval Task Groups against each other in a complex Political scenario, and enabled the TAG to operate in a Maritime Strike role, focussing on the GR7s Strike capability

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HMS Illustrious and HMS Bulwark off Norway
HMS Illustrious and HMS Bulwark off Norway
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HMS Illustrious on Loch Long, Scotland
HMS Illustrious on Loch Long, Scotland
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Army Air Corps Apache And RAF Chinook Helicopters Practice Deck Landingd Onboard
Army Air Corps Apache And RAF Chinook Helicopters Practice Deck Landingd Onboard
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HMS Illustrious with Fireworks on River Thames
HMS Illustrious with Fireworks on River Thames
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HMS Illustrious
HMS Illustrious
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HMS Illustrious and Sea Kings
HMS Illustrious and Sea Kings
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HMS Illustrious Visits London
HMS Illustrious Visits London
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Red Arrows flying over HMS Illustrious
Red Arrows flying over HMS Illustrious
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USMC Harriers line the deck of HMS Illustrious
USMC Harriers line the deck of HMS Illustrious
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England Expects
England Expects
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HMS Illustrious sent a birthday message to her Majesty the Queen, on her 80th Birthday
HMS Illustrious sent a birthday message to her Majesty the Queen, on her 80th Birthday
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HMS Illustrious on Exercise Neptune Warrior
HMS Illustrious on Exercise Neptune Warrior
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USMC Harriers line the deck of HMS Illustrious Featured Print

USMC Harriers line the deck of HMS Illustrious

United States Marine Corps (USMC) AV8B Harriers conduct fixed wing work on HMS Illustrious ahead of Operation Bold Step. At the rear of the flight deck, an Osprey MV-22 aircraft can just be seen.
AV8B Harrier Jets from the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Combined Marine Harrier Force have begun a fixed wing work up period on board HMS Illustrious ahead of the US-led Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFX), Operation Bold Step.
The AV8B Jets are on board ILLUSTRIOUS as part of a coalition exercise taking part between the US Navy, USMC and the Royal Navy. The goal of the exercise is to demonstrate allied interoperability and the expeditionary capabilities of Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing aircraft. This exercise marks the first time that an American aviation unit of this scale has been embarked aboard a foreign warship and for the British it is the largest ever embarkation of foreign jets in a UK aircraft carrier.
The Jets have been practising ship-borne operations, a skill which is extremely challenging and requires exacting standards from both the pilots and the crew of the 22, 500 tonne warship. The principle aim is to qualify in day CVS operations; although air combat, electronic warfare training and day combat ready work-up sorties will also be conducted as part of the USMC's participation for the JTFX.
For the Ship's Air Department it has proved to be an excellent training opportunity, with aircraft handlers, Air Traffic and Fighter Controllers, and the air safety organisation all playing a part in the safe and successful embarkation of the squadron.
The Flight Deck Officer, Lt Jon Llewellyn said "Having the Combined Harrier Force on board for this period has provided excellent training and regeneration opportunities for the Flight Deck teams, integrating with the USMC and building the tempo of the deck safely and efficiently. Having the AV8B jets on board has been a pleasure!"

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A Sea Harrier FA2 of 801 Squadron is seen hovering above the deck of HMS Illustrious
A Sea Harrier FA2 of 801 Squadron is seen hovering above the deck of HMS Illustrious
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An image taken from the upper deck of HMS Illustrious in the Gibraltar Straits, with
An image taken from the upper deck of HMS Illustrious in the Gibraltar Straits, with
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A Major from the USMC, serving with 801 NAS, landed on the flight deck of HMS Illustrious
A Major from the USMC, serving with 801 NAS, landed on the flight deck of HMS Illustrious
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