VIDEO & PICTURES: Final flypast for Royal Navy’s Lynx helicopter passes over Portsmouth

Naval reservist and teacher AB Emma Cutler helps Isobel Turner, 11, to salute.   PHOTO: Royal Navy

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It has been a familiar sight in the skies above Portsmouth for years, but today residents got the chance to say goodbye to one of the Royal Navy’s best-known helicopters.

To mark the decommissioning of the Mk8 Lynx helicopter a farewell flypast was held.

The flypast passing over the Spinnaker Tower. Picture: Andrew Hare

The flypast passing over the Spinnaker Tower. Picture: Andrew Hare

The Lynx, which recently returned from a nine-month deployment on the frigate HMS Portland, goes out of service on March 31 after 41 years of operations.

The flypast included four helicopters from 815 Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton, which will tour southern England and pass military sites associated with the Lynx.

After starting its journey shortly before 10am this morning, the flypast headed east past Devonport, Lyme Regis and Portland.

The helicopters passed over Fleetlands, Gosport, shortly after 1.15pm.

Tony Weaver of Gosport took this shot of the four Mk8 Lynxes on their flypast

Tony Weaver of Gosport took this shot of the four Mk8 Lynxes on their flypast

It then headed towards the Navy Command HQ in Portsmouth, before carrying on along the coast.

The Lynx is being replaced by the new AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat helicopter.

What are your memories of the Lynx helicopter? We’d also love to see your pictures of the flypast passing over our region. You can contact us by email at newsdesk@thenews.co.uk or on Facebook.

Picture: Jeremy Parsons

Picture: Jeremy Parsons

Picture: James Davidson

Picture: James Davidson

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