Royal Navy’s spectacular flares display

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.

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.

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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.

Undated handout photo issued by the MoD of a Royal Navy helicopter producing a spectacular display with its decoy flares. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 13, 2015. 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. See PA story DEFENCE Flares. Photo credit should read: MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. DEFENCE_Flares_121538.JPG

Undated handout photo issued by the MoD of a Royal Navy helicopter producing a spectacular display with its decoy flares. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 13, 2015. 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. See PA story DEFENCE Flares. Photo credit should read: MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. DEFENCE_Flares_121538.JPG

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.”

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