It was a fantastic opportunity for my flight deck ratings and I to work with such a iconic aircraft – an opportunity probably unique to this theatre of operations,

Lt Dewing

As a result, she’s equipped with specialist aviation equipment, carries crew specially-trained to operate helicopters, and a helicopter signals officer (Lt Will Dewing) to oversee all work with air power.

Having successfully completing training with her regular ‘customers’, Clyde teamed up with the RAF’s 1310 (Tactical Support) Flight and their CH47 Chinooks.

The veteran helicopters are too large and heavy to set down on Clyde’s flight deck, but that doesn’t stop them practising winching drills – the first time, apparently, they’ve done so with Clyde in the nine years she’s been based in the Falklands.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for my flight deck ratings and I to work with such a iconic aircraft – an opportunity probably unique to this theatre of operations,” said Lt Dewing.

Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering)

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