Westland Lynx HMA.8 & Westland Sea King ASaC.7 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2016

A selection of images of a Lynx HMA.8 and Sea King ASaC.7 in the static display during a misty RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2016.

All photographs kindly contributed by Dave Taskis (please take time to visit his blog by clicking here).


Lynx HMA.8 ZF562/404 appears to be having something of an identity crisis. It is wearing Iron Duck nose art of HMS Iron Duke but has HMS Monmouth titles painted on the radar fairing.


Sea King ASaC.7 ZE422/192 of 849 NAS perfectly camouflaged against the misty backdrop in the static display at RNAS Cudrose. The Sea King ASaC.7 – known throughout the Navy as Baggers – are the ‘eyes in the sky’ of the Royal Navy, searching for aerial threats to the Fleet with its powerful radar or suspicious movements on the ground in support of land forces. They are the among the last examples of the ubiquitous Sea King in British service.

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NEWS: £15M Contract for Falmouth Docks over Tide-class

Computer rendered image of Tide-class (foreground) and Type 45

Computer rendered image of Tide-class (foreground) and Type 45

A&P Group, the UK’s largest ship repair firm based in Cornwall, will customise and maintain the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s four new Tide-class replenishment ships which are due to come into service from 2016. The work is expected to cover three years in total and will be carried out at Falmouth. Adding to the nine vessels the company is already contracted to work on for the Royal Navy it means A&P are now the primary contractor for maintenance, fitting and repair of thirteen ships of the Royal Navy’s fleet. The contract was announced by Chancellor George Osborne during a trip to the South West where he highlighted his plans for economic growth in the region.

The Tide-class tanker is a class of fast fleet tanker currently under construction for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary of the Royal Navy as well as the Royal Norwegian Navy who have ordered a slightly modified version. The new class will be over 200 metres long and displace more than 37,000 tonnes and are designed from the outset to be more environmentally friendly by producing lower carbon dioxide emissions and being more fuel efficient. The ships will be double-hulled to prevent or reduce environmental pollution from oil spills if damage is sustained to the outer hull, complying with international regulations and allowing operation around the globe. The four vessels will replace the RFA’s three remaining Rover- and Leaf-class tankers