The Vinson is carrying out strikes against Islamic State forces as well as supporting broader efforts to ensure security at sea in the Middle Sea as flagship of the US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group One: one flat-top, one cruiser, four destroyers, 49 fast jets, more than 20 helicopters, four AWACs early warning aircraft and much more – basically the most powerful naval surface group on the Seven Seas.

Among those four destroyers, France’s FS Jean Bart… which received a little assistance courtesy of Kent and some Anglo-French interoperabilité.

When the Jean Bart’s Panther helicopter was rendered out of action and needed a replacement part, Kent stepped in to help out.

The frigate picked up the piece of kit when she stopped off in Abu Dhabi recently, then flew it across in her Lynx – whose observer is French exchange officer Lt Thomas Ribot – when Kent was within range of the carrier group.

Kent has been east of Suez for about a month, taking over from her sister HMS Northumberland in the relentless effort to prevent pirates, smugglers, terrorists and drug runners using the maritime highways of the Middle East.

Pictures courtesy of Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Alex King US Navy and Marine Nationale