TWO Royal Navy aviators have reached flying hour milestones on the same day of their deployment.
Flight commander Lieutenant Ali Lang and pilot Lieutenant Eifion Parri marked their 2,000 and 1,000 flying hours respectively in a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter.
They are both serving on board Portsmouth-based HMS Diamond, and were carrying out a search of the Eastern Mediterranean as part of the United Nations operation to remove chemical weapons from Syria.
These milestones are rare events, and it’s even more unusual for them both to be reached by both flight crew on the same day.
Lt Lang said: ‘Reaching these milestones on the same day is something of an occasion.
‘However, it is all the more pertinent that they happened while undertaking what is perhaps the most important operational tasking of any Lynx flight at the moment.
‘The removal of chemical weapon components from Syria, in support of the UN Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, is a real good news story for the Royal Navy and the UK.’