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HMS Exeter is shown towing the splash target for the bombing runs of the Sea Harriers Featured RAF Image

HMS Exeter is shown towing the splash target for the bombing runs of the Sea Harriers

HMS Exeter is shown towing the splash target for the bombing runs of the Sea Harriers of 801 NAS from HMS Illustrious.
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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A Major from the USMC, serving with 801 NAS, landed on the flight deck of HMS Illustrious Featured RAF Image

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, as part of 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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A Royal Air Force Harrier Jump Jet Waits to Depart from HMS Ark Royal Featured RAF Image

A Royal Air Force Harrier Jump Jet Waits to Depart from HMS Ark Royal

Category G RAF Photographer of the Year - Sponsored by Calumet.
3rd SAC Mark Dixon RAF Valley
Royal Air Force & Royal Navy work closely together. 1(F)
Sqn (RAF) and 800 NAS (Royal Navy) Harriers. 4 in total, disembark HMS Ark Royal for the very last time. Sailing towards Hamburg the Captain, aircrew, and all the ships company work together in preparation for take off. Wing Commander Haines is the last Harrier aircraft to leave The Ark'. All aircraft departed RAF Cottesmore 18 November 2010 and embarked on Friday 19 November 2010, and departed 0n 24 November 2010. Historical Occassion