The flight have worked tirelessly to ensure that we were able to provide maximum output at all times over the past five months and should be proud of what they have achieved.

Commander Jamieson Stride

For the first half of the deployment she was supported by 206 Flight, also from 815 Naval Air Squadron at Yeovilton… before 208 took their place: one Wildcat, ten air and ground crew to fly, maintain and safely operate it.

They found themselves hunting submarines with the US and Japanese navies, supporting boarding operations, providing long-range protection and eyes for Argyll and flying the flag for Britain and her defence industry during port visits and trade events promoting UK industry.

With Argyll sheltering from Storm Gareth in Falmouth Bay and the Wildcat no longer needed, the helicopter made the 120-mile hop up the Channel with some of the ground crew aboard.

Waiting for them in Somerset: fellow squadron personnel, headed by Commanding Officer Commander Jamieson Stride, who said the family members gathered at a blustery Yeovilton could be “rightly proud” of their loved ones’ achievements.

"The deployment has been very successful and the tasking has been varied throughout,” said observer Lieutenant Lee Colthart.

”The flight have worked tirelessly to ensure that we were able to provide maximum output at all times over the past five months and should be proud of what they have achieved.

“They have operated professionally and with pride throughout and exemplify the high standards of frontline 815 Naval Air Squadron crews."

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