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Hms Lancaster at Sea Featured RAF Print

Hms Lancaster at Sea

Pictured is HMS Lancasterat sea.
HMS Lancaster was built on the Clyde as the fourth of the Type 23 frigates joining the Fleet in 1992. This versatile multi-role ship can typically be deployed drug-busting in the Caribbean or East of Suez on maritime security patrols.
All the ships in the Type 23 class are named after Dukes, in this case, the Duke of Lancaster - who is also better known as Her Majesty the Queen. The British Monarch is the ship's very special sponsor and Her Majesty takes a keen interest in Lancaster's activities around the globe.
In 2013, HMS Lancaster spent seven months in the North Atlantic and Caribbean, successfully seizing drugs worth a total street value of £160m. During six raids, the ship intercepted 1.2 tonnes of cocaine and almost 1.5 tonnes of cannabis. 23 drug runners were detained, effectively disrupting the distribution of drugs throughout the region.
Lancaster visited all six of the British Overseas Territories in the region and the Commonwealth states of Jamaica, Belize and Barbados while also making calls into the islands of Curacao, Martinique and visiting Columbia in South America. The ship also took part in Exercise Unitas a multi-national exercise involving 16 warships and submarines from nine nations ranging from Canada to Chile.
On returning from her deployments HMS Lancaster is often greeted, wherever possible, by a Lancaster bomber of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which provides a fly past over Portsmouth harbour. *** Local Caption *** Pictured is HMS Lancaster afer her last Replenishment at sea (RAS) with RFA Gold Rover

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100 years of the RAF Featured RAF Print

100 years of the RAF

The Coronation Review of the Royal Air Force by HM Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her coronation which had taken place at the beginning of June.
The event held at RAF Odiham, 15th July 1953 was the culmination of seven month's planning can be seen in this view of the immaculately parked aircraft and their crews as they wait in the afternoon sun for Her Majesty to inspect them. This display was the largest display of military airpower that this country has ever seen (still to this day). Over 300 static aircraft and a fly past of over 600 aircraft.
Aircraft included:Static Display, Avro Anson (various marks) (7), Auster AOP6 (6), Bristol Freighter Mk31E (1), Canadair Sabre (12), Canadair Sabre F1(4), English Electric Canberra B2 (5), English Electric Canberra PR3 (1), DHC Chipmunk T10 (58), DH Devon C1 (2), NA Harvard T2B (12), HP Hastings Mk1 (1), HP Hastings C1 (2), HP Hastings C2 (2), HP Hastings C4 (1), Avro Lancaster GR3 (4), Avro Lincoln (8), Gloster Meteor T.7 (17), Gloster Meteor Mk3 (4), Gloster Meteor Mk7 (2), Gloster Meteor F.8 (19), Gloster Meteor FR9 (4), Gloster Meteor Mk9 (8), Gloster Meteor NF11 (20), Lockheed Neptune MR1 (4), Airspeed Oxford (9), Percival Prentice T1 (12), Percival Provost T1 (4), Avro Shackleton MR1A (3), Avro Shackleton MR2 (1), Bristol Sycamore HR12 (1), Vickers Valetta T3 (4), DH Vampire T11 (4), DH Vampire Mk3 (8), DH Vampire FB5 (17), DH Vampire FB9 (14), DH Vampire NF10 (3), Vickers Varsity T1 (5), DH Venom FB1 (4), Boeing Washington B1 (4), Tiger Moth G-AHUT, Auster AOP 6, Canberra PR3 (2), Harvard 2B.6, Hastings C1 (2), Hastings C2, Meteor T7, Spitfire LF16e.1, Flypast, Bristol Sycamore HC1 (1), Airspeed Oxford 1 (12), Avro Anson (21), Avro Lincoln (45), Avro Shackleton MR1A and MR2 (18), Avro Vulcan Prototype (1), Boeing Washington (12), BP Balliol T2 (12), Canadair Sabre F4 (24), Canadair Sabre (36), DHC Chipmunk T10 (32), DH Vampire T10 (12), Vampire FB5 (12), DH Vampire FB5 (12), DH Vampire T11 (1), DH Venom FB1 (24), English Electric Canberra (48), Gloster Meteor F4 (12)

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RAF Mark 4 Chinook Helicopter Featured RAF Print

RAF Mark 4 Chinook Helicopter

A MK 4 Chinook helicopter takes off from RAF Odiham during a testing exercise.
The first upgraded Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook Mk4 helicopters deployed to Afghanistan in late November, less than six months after their introduction to frontline squadrons.
With an initial release to service granted in May 2012, RAF Chinooks crews were able to begin their operational work-up on the Mk 4 before declaring an initial operating capability in June 2012. This in turn allowed the first RAF crews to operate the Chinook Mk4 in support of UK security operations during the London Olympics from June to September 2012 prior to preparing for their deployment to Afghanistan.
Under Project Julius, the entire RAF Chinook fleet of 46 aircraft is being upgraded with the Thales digital glass cockpit procured through prime contractor Boeing, together with upgraded Honeywell T-55-714 engines. Getting the first Chinook Mk4s into Afghanistan by December 2012 has been the result of a Herculean effort by everyone involved in the Julius programme, Group Captain Dom Toriati, RAF Chinook Force Commander and Station Commander RAF Odiham, told Shephard. All the agencies involved in this programme have worked hard to help de-risk and produce a credible support and airworthiness solution which everyone could sign-up to and helped deliver the Chinook Mk4 into theatre.
Royal Air Force Odiham is situated in North Hampshire, 46 Miles south west of London . The nearest large town is Basingstoke, 7 miles to the West. The working population of the Station is about 2, 000, of which around 100 are civilians