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Lt Matthew King
FA18 ready for take-off

Exchange pilot flying FA18 Hornet

Published: 11 Sep 2014

Lt Matthew King, inspects a laser-guided bomb loaded on the pylon of his FA18 Hornet jet.

The Royal Navy exchange officer is currently attached to the ‘Mighty Shrikes’ –Strike Fighter Squadron 94 – operating with the USS Carl Vinson in theeastern Pacific as part of the US Navy’s Third Fleet.

The flier is part of a wide-ranging training and exchange programme between the Royal and US Navies to pave the way for HMS Queen Elizabeth and the return of fast jet/big carrier operations by the UK which is seeing British air and ground crew, plus flight deck handlers, serving with their American counterparts.

Pictures: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, U.S. Navy

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