Royal Navy Merlin HM-1
The Royal Navy Merlin is an advanced naval helicopter capable of hitting almost 200mph, carrying heavy weaponry, or casualties.
The Merlin is also equipped with a winch, in order to dunk unruly seamen into the drink.
The RFA Mounts Bay acted as quite an impressive backdrop to many of the pictures taken over the bay. It does sometimes make it look like I was shooting in a war zone.
A pleasure-boat strewn war zone, I grant you. But you get the point.
On the subject of helicopters, we did have an unscheduled drop-in from a coastguard helicopter that landed on the beach, kicking sand all the way up to us at the top of the East Cliff.
We’re going to take a break from military aircraft for a while, and move on to some formation aerobatic displays.