The last pilots to train on Lynx and Sea King helicopters in Somerset have taken part in a parade in front of some special guests.Read the full story ›
Here is a picture of four of the original Lynx pilots who completed their training in 1978.
They were on hand today to see the final cohort of Lynx and Seaking pilots receive their wings:
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.
The world's last flying Sea Vixen is being handed over to the Fleet Air Museum at RNAS Yeovilton today.
The 1950s fighter jet is being gifted to the Fly Navy Heritage Trust and will continue to be used in displays at air shows.
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.
Details are being released later today about what to expect from this year's airshow at Yeovilton. It's among the largest one day events in the South West, and attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year.
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:
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":
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.
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.
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.