Exercise Neptune Warrior
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A Harrier GR9 aircraft is pictured landing onboard HMS Illustrious at sea.
800 Sqn NSW (Naval Strike Wing) based at RAF Cottesmore, embarked onto HMS Illustrious, an Aircraft Carrier, for a 6-week deployment, as part of Exercise Neptune Warrior.
Exercise Neptune Warrior had an extremely large number of multinational participants, ranging from HMAS Anzac (an Australian Frigate), to a Dutch Submarine, and was conducted in the challenging waters of the North-West Scottish coast. Neptune Warrior pitted two large Naval Task Groups against each other in a complex political scenario.
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