Navy’s air engineers meet

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier leaves Portsmouth Naval Base for the first time on October 30. 

Picture: Malcolm Wells

HMS Queen Elizabeth due into Portsmouth next week

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THE navy’s top air engineers held a conference on the present and future of the service.

Around 200 air engineers and warrant officers met at HMS Sultan, in Gosport, for the biennial Royal Navy Air Engineer Officers’ Conference.

It was chaired by Commodore Malcolm Toy, head of specialisation for air engineers.

Lectures covered changes and challenges coming to the Fleet Air Arm.

Those included the Wildcat and Merlin Mk3 helicopters now entering service.

And attendees heard about the return to fixed-wing carrier operations when the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter operates from the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

It was organised as part of the FAA’s commitment to continuous professional development.