Lusty heads north

STRIKING HMS Illustrious arrives at Glenmallan in Argyll
STRIKING HMS Illustrious arrives at Glenmallan in Argyll
An exercise involving Hampshire emergency services has been held on board HMS Queen Elizabeth at HMNB Portsmouth.  Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Hampshire Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Portsmouth Naval Bases Emergency Response Team (ERT) were put through their paces on board the Royal Navys brand new aircraft carrier.  The ship put together a realistic harbour fire exercise with training smoke and mock casualties to test their agencies in their response and in working together to combat an emergency on an extremely unfamiliar environment.

IN PICTURES: The first major emergency training exercise on HMS Queen Elizabeth

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CUTTING an imposing figure off the coast of Scotland, this is Portsmouth-based HMS Illustrious as she heads north to the Arctic.

The aircraft carrier was north of the border at Glenmallan in Argyll to take on the stores and ammunition she will need before heading much further north for Nato war games led by Norway.

She will be inside the Arctic Circle for eight weeks as she prepares to become the UK’s on-call helicopter and commando carrier, ready for action anywhere in the world.