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Yeovilton helicopters' last parade

Lynx helicopter taking to the skies above the West Country Credit: PA

Today is the last day Lynx and Sea King helicopters will take part in a parade at RNAS Yeovilton.

The Wings parade is a tradition for newly qualified pilots, but soon the helicopters be replaced by Wildcat and Merlin models. The Lynx has been in operation since 1978.

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Aerobatics ahead of Yeovilton Air Day

Yeovilton Air Day is just four days away and the skies above the base have been busy ahead of the event.

30 thousand people are expected at the Royal Naval Air Station on Saturday. Military aerobatic teams from all over the world will be taking part.

Cdr Neil Thompson, Commander Air at RNAS Yeovilton, is organising the day, which will reflect the country's newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, with a celebration of carrier aviation, past and present.

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Yeovil company to benefit from £760 million deal

Some very welcome news on the jobs front at the Agusta Westland company in Yeovil today. It has won a contract to convert twenty five RAF Merlin helicopters for Royal Navy use, securing work for years to come.

Its existing contract to service the army's Apache Attack helicopters has also been renewed for another five years. The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal worth £760 million, at a visit to the Yeovil site this morning. Bob Cruwys reports:

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Helicopter contracts will give workers security

Agusta Westland in Yeovil has won a contract to convert 25 RAF Merlin helicopters for Royal Navy use.

Its existing contract to service the army's Apache Attack helicopters has also been renewed for another five years.

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal, worth seven hundred and sixty million pounds, at a visit to the Yeovil site this morning. He said workers at the plant can now have a "sense of security":

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Defence Secretary announces new contracts in Yeovil

Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond has announced two new contracts at a helicopter manufacturers in Yeovil.

The contracts, with the Ministry of Defence, include one to convert 25 Merlin Helicopter for Royal Navy use.

Philip Hammond meeting apprentices at AgustaWestland after announcing 2 new MoD contracts. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Merlin helicopters will be moved from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire to replace ageing Sea King aircraft at RNAS Yeovilton. The conversion will involve installing a folding rotor head and folding tail.

The RAF Merlin helicopters will be adapted for use by the Royal Navy. Credit: ITV News West Country

Yeovilton helicopter crew join Royal Navy drugs bust

A helicopter crew from RNAS Yeovilton assisted sailors aboard HMS Lancaster seize 22 bales of pure cocaine from a speedboat near Puerto Rico, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The RNAS Yeovilton-based MK8 Lynx helicopter launched from HMS Lancaster in the drugs raid. Credit: Ministry of Defence

The drugs, which have an estimated street value of £100 million, were handed over to the Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo and then the authorities in Puerto Rico.

Sailors onboard HMS Lancaster carry away part of a major drugs haul. Credit: MoD

The Royal Navy mobilised a Lynx helicopter, which is based at RNAS Yeovilton, and high-speed pursuit boat in order to intercept the speedboat suspected of smuggling drugs.

The boat used by the suspected drug smugglers. Credit: MoD

The Ministry of Defence said that the three people on board initially tried to dispose of the evidence by throwing the drugs overboard, but this was recovered by divers.

The suspected drugs smugglers ultimately cooperated with the Royal Navy.

The boat used by the suspected drug smugglers. Credit: MoD
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