THESE images reveal an awesome display of naval firepower in the Gulf.
Portsmouth-based HMS Kent is pictured with a Lynx Mk8 on her flight deck in the winter sun in the region.
In the foreground there is an impressive array of F/A 18C Hornets of Strike Fighter Squadron 94 and EA-18G Growlers preparing to carry out missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve from the deck of the American ship USS Carl Vinson.
The Vinson is carrying out strikes against Isil forces as well as supporting broader efforts to ensure security at sea in the Middle East.
She is the flagship of the US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group One including one flat-top, one cruiser, four destroyers, 49 fast jets, more than 20 helicopters, four early-warning aircraft and more. HMS Kent has played an important role in helping France’s FS Jean Bart when her Panther helicopter was out of action.
The Type 23 frigate picked up a needed piece of kit from a stop in Abu Dhabi then flew it to the Jean Bart in a British Lynx.
Kent has been east of Suez for about a month, taking over from her sister HMS Northumberland in the relentless effort to prevent pirates, smugglers and terrorists.