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Flight 208 L-R Petty Officer (PO) Peter Charlton Lt Jack Leonard, Lt Laura Cambrook and Chief Petty
Flight Commander Lt Laura Cambrook ready for take off
Portland Lynx
Portland Lynx


Published: 28 Jun 2016

History was made this week as the last Lynx Mk8 Flight departed from Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton for 9 months.

Flight Commander Lieutenant (Lt) Laura Cambrook and the crew of 208 Flight from 815 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) will  embark on  HMS Portland and will return next year 2017 as the Lynx Helicopter retires from active service in March 2017.

Since 1981, 815 NAS has been the home of embarked Lynx Flights. Lt Laura Cambrook and Lt Jack Leonard the Flight Pilot and the engineers of 208 Flight will see them return just ahead of the Lynx HMA Mk8 out of service date.  

This significant event marks the end of an era for 815 NAS whose Lynx Flights have seen action all over the world and numerous conflicts including the Falklands War and both Gulf Wars.

The Squadron will continue to provide support throughout the Flights deployment until they return during which time there will be many changes on 815 NAS as the Wildcat HMA Mk2 takes over operational delivery for 815 NAS and transition from Lynx to Wildcat is complete here at RNAS Yeovilton. 


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