In excess of 300 deck landings (and 81 in a single day) were completed by the Lynx students as more than 50 hours of flying qualified the six students to land by day or night flying solo, and with the use of night vision goggles.

In addition, two experienced fliers – 815’s senior pilot Commander Gus Carnie and a Brazilian exchange pilot – refreshed their at-sea flying skills allowing them to deploy on the front-line imminently.

As well as honing the abilities of air crew, the week aboard the Devonport-based frigate was vital for giving the squadron’s engineers and technicians an insight into maintaining a Lynx at sea in the cramped confines of

HMS Monmouth’s hangar as the ship pitched and rolled in the Channel.  Three in every five of the engineers in the detachment had not been to sea before.

Pilot Lieutenant ‘AJ’ Thompson, who also flies with the Lynx display team, the Black Cats said: “All in all, it was a very successful week – and congratulations must be given to the students from 702 Squadron on achieving a major milestone in their naval aviation careers,”