A Royal Navy helicopter has produced a spectacular display as it lit up the night sky with its decoy flares.
The Lynx helicopter from 815 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, fired its flares as part of an exercise in the Indian Ocean as part of a nine-month deployment to the Gulf with HMS Richmond silhouetted in the background.
Decoy flares - or infra red counter measures - attract heat-seeking missiles, drawing them away from the helicopter’s engines and onto a much hotter target.
The primary role for the Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate in the Indian Ocean has been to provide maritime security to counter terrorist and other illegal activities as part of Combined Maritime Forces combined task force 150.
Sub-Lieutenant Emily Witcher, one of the Richmond’s officers of the watch, said: “We can carry out counter narcotics smuggling one day, and immediately switch to anti-submarine warfare training the next. This demonstrates the flexibility that a Type 23 frigate provides.”