The Lusty left Portsmouth today with an aviation interest on board in the form of 1 Merlin (ZH839), and three Sea King HC4’s (Ident unknown) that arrived and landed on half hour before (arriving low over Alverstoke much to my annoyance for not being there half hour earlier to see them land on!!).
Lusty is leaving for Exercise Joint Warrior. Commodore Paddy McAlpine, the Royal Navy’s Commander UK Task Group, said:
“During Joint Warrior we will practise fighting at sea as well as fighting from the sea.”
“We’ll practise against a demanding air, surface and submarine threat, entering a hostile environment and then deliver our landing force of Royal and Dutch Marines to the right area.”
“Exercises such as Joint Warrior provide us with the scale, diversity and pace we need to maintain our capability as the naval contingency element of the Response Force Task Group.”