Fearless falcon rests on Royal Navy warship’s minigun

The falcon perches on a minigun on board HMS Atherstone. 'Picture: Royal Navy
The falcon perches on a minigun on board HMS Atherstone. 'Picture: Royal Navy
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THIS bold bird of prey decided to perch for a rest on a warship’s minigun, much to the surprise of her sailors.

The crew of Portsmouth-based HMS Atherstone were training with two other ships in the Gulf when the fearless falcon stopped for a rest – followed shortly by a woodpecker.

Fortunately the weapon, which normally sprays out 2,000 rounds a minute, was not in use.

Lieutenant Commander Simon Pressdee, Atherstone’s commanding officer, said: ‘We were busy conducting a full range of training when we noticed two unexpected visitors.

‘Despite the fact we were sailing so close to two other warships, the falcon and woodpecker settled only metres from the gun crews who were brandishing a variety of weapons on the upper deck.’