Royal Navy helicopters make routine flyovers

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  • Eyes of all: a Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin helicopter, flying off the Royal Fleet Auxilliary’s Argus, conducts a survey of suitable landing spots in case of a hurricane-related emergency, last conducted in 2014. A multi-role ship, able to serve as a hospital and for carrying cargo, the Argus was dispatched to the region to reinforce the HMS Medway, already in the Caribbean during the novel coronavirus outbreak (Photograph by Kian Mooney)

    Eyes of all: a Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin helicopter, flying off the Royal Fleet Auxilliary’s Argus, conducts a survey of suitable landing spots in case of a hurricane-related emergency, last conducted in 2014. A multi-role ship, able to serve as a hospital and for carrying cargo, the Argus was dispatched to the region to reinforce the HMS Medway, already in the Caribbean during the novel coronavirus outbreak (Photograph by Kian Mooney)

  • Eyes of all: a Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin helicopter, flying off the Royal Fleet Auxilliary’s Argus, conducts a survey of suitable landing spots in case of a hurricane-related emergency, last conducted in 2014. A multi-role ship, able to serve as a hospital and for carrying cargo, the Argus was dispatched to the region to reinforce the HMS Medway, already in the Caribbean during the novel coronavirus outbreak (Photograph by Kian Mooney)

    Eyes of all: a Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin helicopter, flying off the Royal Fleet Auxilliary’s Argus, conducts a survey of suitable landing spots in case of a hurricane-related emergency, last conducted in 2014. A multi-role ship, able to serve as a hospital and for carrying cargo, the Argus was dispatched to the region to reinforce the HMS Medway, already in the Caribbean during the novel coronavirus outbreak (Photograph by Kian Mooney)


Two helicopters flew above Bermuda yesterday as part of Britain’s preparation for future hurricanes.

The aircraft took off from RFA Argus, part of the Royal Navy’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary Merchant Navy arm and the Caribbean disaster relief ship, which dropped anchor in Bermuda to take on stores on Sunday.

The ship is equipped with AgustaWestland Merlin and Wildcat helicopters.

The Merlin is used for troop and cargo transports, as well as casualty evacuation, and the Wildcat is deployed in the reconnaissance and search-and-rescue roles.

The helicopters carried out familiarisation flights of landing sites across the island, for the first time since 2014.

Government House emphasised there would be no contact between shore personnel and the ship’s crew, and that the helicopters would not touch down.

The Argus, which will be the hurricane relief ship for the season, was sent to the region early because of the Covid-19 crisis.

She will join HMS Medway, the present Atlantic Patrol Task (North) ship, which is already on station in the Caribbean.

The ship was due to steam south yesterday.

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Published Apr 14, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Apr 14, 2020 at 7:59 am)

Royal Navy helicopters make routine flyovers

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