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Posted on Thursday 23rd March

Today The Royal Navy Said Goodbye To The Lynx Helicopter At Yeovilton


Visitors and fans of the Royal Navy Lynx got a ringside view today of the historic decommissioning and final flight of the helicopter's service from the Royal Navy, March 23 2017. A six-minute long flying display carried out by 815 Naval Air Squadron of RNAS Yeovilton took place at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at 11.45am.

The Lynx first entered into service in 1976 and gave a remarkable performance during the Falklands War. Here it was used in both its primary roles of anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, as well as several others for which it had never been designed, such as Airborne Early Warning and anti-Exocet missile counter measures. The Lynx has been continuously employed in the Gulf from 1980 until the present day. What is not generally known is the fact that these aircraft were responsible for effectively destroying the Iraqi navy, sinking over fifteen warships in a matter of a weeks.


Blackmore Vale Magazine said:

The Lynx has been a world leader in maritime operations for the last 41 years. It may also still have an analogue cockpit and be oily and battle-scarred; but for those who have flown, maintained and enjoyed its presence in the skies overhead will no doubt mourn the passing of this hugely-successful all British maritime helicopter. Four decades in operational theatres as diverse as Antarctica, the Far East, the Arabian Gulf and Caribbean are being brought to a fitting end with the decommissioning.

The Farewell Lynx event, running concurrently with the formal military decommissioning ceremony, provides the perfect opportunity for the ex-Lynx community to meet up with old flight members and shipmates, or for members of the public to simply browse the Lynx exhibitions, watch her final airborne display, and become part of this aircraft's great history.
Museum staff will be on-hand to discuss the history in greater depth, and a Book of Commemoration will be donated by 815 Naval Air Squadron for comments, memories and stories.


Photograph Credits: Lynx helicopter with 815 Naval Air Squadron. Picture by Fleet Air Arm Museum

Further Reading

The Royal Navy Lynx

Only £25.00

The Royal Navy Lynx

(Hardback - 289 pages)
by Larry Jeram-Croft

This book tells the story of an incredibly capable naval aircraft, based primarily on the words of those who flew and maintained it. Beginning with the Lynx's entry into service in 1976, it goes on to discuss its remarkable performance in the Falklands War. Here it was used in both its primary roles of anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, as well as several others for which it had never been designed, such as Airborne Early Warning… Read more...


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