Commando Helicopter Force 845 Naval Air Squadron from Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton assisted Dartmoor National Park in shifting 2 tonnes of gravel from one location to another.
Here's a selection of images from the tasking. Great to see the new MK4 operating in the weeds.
HMS Albion has arrived home at HMNB Devonport having completed a ten-month overseas deployment.
The Amphibious Assault Ship left Britain in February and has sailed through the Indian Ocean, South China Sea, North Pacific Ocean, Atlantic, the Arabian Sea, and the Mediterranean.
Photos from 845 & 846NAS Commando Helicopter Force.
Today for the first time, USS New York docked into Plymouth after completing exercise Trident Juncture earlier this month.
Trident Juncture 18 was a large-scale NATO exercise that took place in Norway and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea.
New York, along with 31 allies and partner nations completed the exercise. Around 150 aircraft, 70 ships, and more than 10,000 vehicles were used during the exercise which served to enhance professional relationships and improve overall coordination between allies in the event of a crisis.
USS New York (LPD-21) is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock and the fifth ship of the United States Navy to be named after the state of New York.
Full gallery from the Remembrance Service on Plymouth Hoe on Sunday 11 November.
The city’s remembrance service took place on Plymouth Hoe on Sunday 11 November, starting with a two-minute silence at the Royal Naval Memorial at 11am.
Selection of images from visits to Dartmoor Zoo. Dartmoor Zoological Park is a 30-acre zoo near the village of Sparkwell, on the south-west edge of Dartmoor, in the county of Devon in the South West of England.
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Warship HMS Montrose is preparing to become the Royal Navy’s first frigate to provide an enduring presence in the Gulf as part of the UK’s commitment to security in the Middle East.
The Plymouth-based warship will not see the shores of the UK again for more than three years when she deploys on Monday (29 Oct 18), although her ship’s company will rotate in spring 2019.
This forward-deployment serves two purposes – to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to maritime security in the Gulf while also ensuring those on board can enjoy more stability in their home lives.
Montrose deploys for defence engagement activity and maritime security operations prior to arriving in the Gulf. She will cross three oceans and visit four continents as she begins her global deployment, before ultimately arriving at the newly-opened UK Naval Support Facility in Bahrain.
A busy period of weapons testing and operational sea training has seen the ship’s company put through their paces over previous months to get ready for sailing – and their ability to think ahead has been tested too.
Devonport-based Montrose deploys as one of the fleet’s first set of ships to carry Sea Ceptor – a world-class new missile system designed to protect the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers.
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Full gallery from all the action at My First Speedway School held at the Plymouth Arena by Barry Bishop.
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Warning: Distressing images
This morning while out on a stroll, I came across a deer lying dead on the pavement located Newnham Road. The incident must of happened last night at some point and can only assume it had a collision with a road vehicle.
Living in the area with a speed limit of 30mph, I am aware that not everyone sticks to the limits on this road. Being there for just 5 minutes, I must of seen a fair few drivers accelerating up at some speeds. With a lot wildlife being within the area it is always an accident waiting to happen and they can easily jump out within seconds.
Now I'm not saying or speculating that the incident occurred due to speed, but I think drivers just need to be cautious of this.
A form has been submitted to the Plymouth City Council Dead Animal Report sighting and is due to be removed within 24 hours.
Autumn, Between late September and early November, is the rutting season for many deer species.
FULL GALLERY TAKEN FROM BURRATOR RESERVOIR BELOW -
After almost 50 years of active operations, the last military Sea King helicopters flying in the United Kingdom, have left RNAS Culdrose for retirement.
Three Sea King Mk7 aircraft left their home to RNAS Culdrose for the last time. Aircrew from 849 Naval Air Squadron flew them to HMS Sultan for disposal. The helicopters on route refuelled at RNAS Yeovilton and then routed over Westlands where the Sea King helicopters were made, and the various Naval establishments in the Portsmouth area.
This very special aircraft has played a vital role in many operational conflicts including the Falklands, Iraq, the Balkans, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. During the past 49 years, the Sea King helicopter has been used for anti-submarine warfare, search-and-rescue missions, carrying Royal Marines Commandos into action and has provided airborne early warning and intelligence to the Fleet and ground forces. It’s in that last role, the Sea King Mk7 Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) helicopter, which an aircraft designed in the late 1950s, flew its final operational mission earlier this year.
The Sea King Mk7 ASaC helicopters, known throughout the Royal Navy as Baggers, have been the
‘eyes in the sky’ of the Navy since 2002, searching for aerial threats to the Fleet, or suspicious
Movements on the ground in support of land forces. They owe their nickname due to the distinctive
Inflatable black sack or bag on the side of each helicopter.
It may look a rather cumbersome piece of kit from the outside, but inside that sack is the cutting-edge Searchwater 2000 radar capable of remarkably-accurate detection of surface and air targets. Once enemy units are detected, the helicopter’s observers can direct friendly air, sea or ground forces to intercept, as they did with devastating effect during the fighting in southern Iraq in 2003.
The Baggers have got an impressive operational history, having delivered successfully in many conflicts in areas including the Gulf and in Afghanistan where during their five year mission, they carried out over 2,000 operational sorties in temperatures ranging between 55˚C and -15˚C. The information they fed back to ground forces led to the arrest of 150 terrorist suspects, 40 tonnes of drugs and 172 tonnes of home-made explosives being seized.
However, the airframes are old. Therefore, the capability that the Baggers have delivered, will soon be transferred to the more modern Merlin Mk2 helicopters under a project called Crowsnest.
The Sea King aircraft may be disappearing from the skies but the personnel and the capability will not. The ‘Airborne Surveillance and Control’ capability will transfer to the Merlin Helicopter Force.
A new system called ‘Crowsnest’ will be fitted to maritime Merlin Mk2 helicopters, based at RNAS
Culdrose, which already perform a number of important roles for the Royal Navy, including hunting for submarines.
Crowsnest will provide a vital intelligence, surveillance and tracking system for the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, capable of detecting any potential threats at sea. It will act as the eyes and ears for the Royal Navy’s ships, providing long range air, maritime and land detection and tracking capability.
Full gallery from all the action between Plymouth Devils & Mildenhall Tigers. All I am going to say is Heat 13!
Full report from the meeting below
Full Gallery from the first night of the British Firework Championship 2018.
Congratulations to Illusion Fireworks who have been crowed winners.
The competitors for this year's competition on Wednesday was between
Fuse Fireworks, from Blyth, Nottinghamshire
Fully Fused Fireworks, from Campton, Bedfordshire
The UK Firework Company, from London
Smart Pyrotechnics, from Devizes, Wiltshire
Illusion Fireworks, from Wallingford, Oxfordshire
Phoenix Fireworks, from Sevenoaks, Kent
Each competitor will put on an incredible 10-minute display, and the winner will be declared after all six displays have taken place.
Full gallery from this years Royal International Air Tattoo. If you require any imagery please contact me using the Contact form below.
From jets to helicopters and warbirds, there was a little bit of everything on display. The annual RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day took place on Saturday with more than five hours of aerial performances on display.
Despite temperatures in the mid-20s, VLAD has always been a great setup and airshow but this year really did step up a notch in terms to the display lineup.
With a nice selection of fast jet display’s it was a great competition and in my eyes I think the Danish F16 were on top. With this it was great to welcome back the finale commando assault to finish off.
All hats go off to the organisers in making it happen and very much look forward to see what 2019 brings.
Full gallery round-up between Plymouth Devils v Kents Kings. Another great win for the devils. Some really close competitive racing a long with a supporting crowd.
Weston Air Fest I feel have always delivered a great weekend of flying displays. Directed by R5 Air Display this is one seaside air shows which so far has managed to keep the seaside airshow above the water despite all the snags from civil airshows across the UK.
With another hot and sunny weekend Brean Down was a great point to soak up a tan and catch some great photo opportunities.
With the famous Royal Air Force red arrows headlining the event of both Saturday & Sunday they didn’t fail to impress. With that joined many other items including the RAF Typhoon and the Battle of Britain memorial flight. Was a nice sight to see "TRENCHARD" in formation consisting of the Lancaster, Dakota, Spitfire & Hurricane.
On the civil items seen Mark Petrie in the Strikemaster, Formation display team raven and Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers along with Gyro display, T67 Firefly, mustang, Catalina and Corrine Dennis in the Pitts Special.
On the rotary seen a first time for the Red Bull BO-105 which was a sight to see along with the Gazelle Team.
Full gallery for this year below. Until next time...