The Duke of York was guest of honour at a ceremony at RNAS Yeovilton to mark the end of service of the Lynx Mk 3 Full Mission Simulation
One of the region's top air shows is held at the Royal Navy's Yeovilton air base.
As RNAS Yeovilton launches its preview for this June's air day , we take a look at the iconic aircraft in the show's history.
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 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.
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 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.
An exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of Royal Navy helicopter search and rescue has opened at the Fleet Air Arm museum at Yeovilton.
At the centre of the display is the Sea King flown by Prince Andrew during the Falkland conflict, which was used on a rescue mission during the campaign.
The Navy's role in Search and Rescue is due to end in 2016 when an American company takes over the contract.
More than 35,000 visitors have flocked to Yeovilton International Air Day to see aviation stars of the past and present.
A 5 hour flying display included the Royal Navy's new Wildcat HM2 helicopter, built in Yeovil at Agusta Westland.
Cdre Jock Alexander is Commanding Officer at RNAS Yeovilton:
More than 35,000 visitors flocked to Yeovilton International Air Day at the Royal Naval Air Station in Somerset today to see aviation stars of the past and present.
Among those taking to the skies were the military aerobatic teams, the RAF Red Arrows and the Vulcan bomber.
Aviation fans had a chance to see the Royal Navy and Army's latest aircraft - the Yeovil built Wildcat - plus the RAF Chinook and Sea King helicopters.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight attended with the Royal Navy Historic Flight.
A new exhibition is opening at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset this afternoon. It's called 'Battle of the Atlantic' and will display aircraft used during the longest campaign of World War II. Among the planes are a Fairey Swordfish, a Fairey Fulmer, and a newly-restored Grumman Marlet.
The organisers of this year's air day at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset are expecting big crowds - and no clouds.
Around 40,000 people will have a perfect view as 30 types of aircraft take to the skies on Saturday.
A Royal Marine from Yeovilton has been awarded the George Medal for saving the lives of two stranded yachtsmen.
Sgt Anthony Russell is being recognised for his bravery when he winched down in complete darkness and was engulfed in waves, before losing communications in the incident in July 2011.
Former England international cricketer Darren Gough found himself making a splash as he was well and truly ‘dunked’ for six in the Underwater Escape Training Unit (UETU) at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton.
Darren received basic under water training with Royal Naval personnel the like of which all military aircrew have to carry out frequently and which could quite literally mean the difference between life or death should an aircraft crash into the water.
Initially the lights are left on in the pool area and the submerged cabin remains upright throughout as those on board have to knock out the nearest window in accordance with the safety brief and exit swimming up to the surface as if in a crash landing at sea.
Progression through various accident scenarios culminates in the cab being rotated upside down and the pool area plummeted into complete darkness!
After being submerged six times, Darren said: “In sport we’re always told to control the controllable and unfortunately I can’t control under there. You are thinking if I don’t get out I’m going to drown”. Its very disorientating and I saw feet and followed at one point”.
If you are in a real Helicopter crash under water you don’t know what going to happen, its about getting to live another day”.
The voices of a military wives choir were heard along with the Last Post today as RNAS Yeovilton held its service of remembrance.
The Fleet Air Arm whose headquarters is based there began in 1910. Since then it's lost six and a half thousand servicemen and women throughout the world.