Two of the UK’s most technologically advanced fighting machines have paired up off the South West coast to practise working together in a spectacular display.
Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender and Eurofighter Typhoons from the RAF’s II(AC) Squadron have been training off the coast of the UK for the past few days, honing their air-maritime skills.
Under the watchful eye of the Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) organisation, HMS Defender and II (AC) Sqn also put the Army’s 16 Air Defence regiment through their paces in a series of exercises where they had to defend the UK’s shore.
Under the exercises, Royal Navy Fighter Controllers on board the warship controlled the Typhoon jets, giving the two Services the opportunity to test how they would work together on live operations.
While not in the air the Typhoons have been based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose this week – the other end of the country from their base of RAF Lossiemouth.
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