GR7 Harrier of IV (AC) Sqn RAF Lands on the deck of HMS Invincible during Exercise Magic Carpet 05
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An AEM of 801 NAS watched as a GR7 of IV (AC) Sqn RAF landed on the deck of HMS Invincible as part of Exercise Magic Carpet 05 (MC 05).
Exercise Magic Carpet 05 (MC 05) was an Omani hosted and RAF Strike Command sponsored exercise. The exercise was an opportunity for RN, RAF, Omani, French Air Force, USAF and USN squadrons to deploy and practice heavy-weapon bomb drops, utilising the extensive ranges and relatively clear airspace available over Oman. There were a variety of aircraft which took part, including our own Sea Harriers, GR7s and SKASaC, USN F18 and S3 Viking, USAF F16, French Mirage 2000 and RAF Tornado F3, Jaguar, VC10 air to air refuelling and E3D AWACS. In total around 60 aircraft were in theatre, allowing for realistic exercising of a coalition forces.
The participation of HMS Invincible with her Tailored Air Group (TAG) gave an excellent opportunity to prove the Strike Carrier concept within a controlled exercise environment and gain some useful general warfare training. It was be a good opportunity for the ship’s company to progress training in an exercise environment.
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Photographer: LA (PHOT) Bunting
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