The last pilots to train on Lynx and Sea King helicopters have taken part in a parade in front of some special guests in Somerset.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, visited RNAS Yeovilton today to see the last pilots complete their flight training on the Lynx and Sea King helicopters and present them with their Wings.
They included Lt Danielle Welch - the first and last female pilot to do all her training on the Lynx.
The Duke of York flew both Sea King and Lynx helicopters during his Naval career and he was back at Yeovilton today as guest of honour to present the final group of newly qualified pilots with their wings, in front of their proud families.
He paid tribute to the Squadrons that had trained the pilots and observers.
The aircraft have been used in all major conflicts the UK has been involved in for the last three decades - but are now set to be replaced. Today the original Lynx pilots from 1978 joined the new graduates for a final Wings parade.
To say the Lynx is "part of the furniture" at RNAS Yeovilton is something of an understatement. Designed and built at Westland just down the road in Yeovil, it's been in service since the late seventies. The Sea King is even older than that - it's been around since 1969 but both are reaching the end of their lives, soon to be replaced by the Wildcat and Merlin respectively.
The Duke of York said today brought back memories for him and it is sure to have created lifelong memories for the six who received their wings today.