WATCH: Air squadron hone their skills ahead of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s arrival

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THE ROYAL Navy helicopter squadron dedicated to HMS Queen Elizabeth has been practicing ahead of the carrier’s arrival into Portsmouth.

820 Naval Air Squadron, based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall, is a fleet of Merlin Mk2 helicopters attached to the nation’s future flagship.

Pictured: Flight Crew from 820 NAS conduct flying training over the Cairngorn Mountains in Scotland whilst working with the new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.''820 NAVAL AIR SQUADRON CONDUCTS TRAINING IN SCOTLAND''820 Naval Air Squadron, based in RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall have recently been conducting training and providing support to the Fleet's newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.'The Flagship's first Merlin Squadron are currently residing in RAF lossiemouth and are providing all manner of operational flying training including the the transfer of stores and personnel whilst HMS Queen Elizabeth continues her sea trials before entering her home port of HMNB Portsmouth later this year.''Credit: LPhot Dan Rosenbaum'FRPU (E)

Pictured: Flight Crew from 820 NAS conduct flying training over the Cairngorn Mountains in Scotland whilst working with the new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.''820 NAVAL AIR SQUADRON CONDUCTS TRAINING IN SCOTLAND''820 Naval Air Squadron, based in RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall have recently been conducting training and providing support to the Fleet's newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.'The Flagship's first Merlin Squadron are currently residing in RAF lossiemouth and are providing all manner of operational flying training including the the transfer of stores and personnel whilst HMS Queen Elizabeth continues her sea trials before entering her home port of HMNB Portsmouth later this year.''Credit: LPhot Dan Rosenbaum'FRPU (E)

Lieutenant Rob Andrews, one of the squadron’s pilots, said: ‘This is the first time I have had the chance to both see and operate with the ship and it is still very exciting and hugely rewarding.

‘820 NAS has been working with HMS Queen Elizabeth in support of her contractor sea trials.

‘This has seen us operate as a helicopter delivery platform providing essential stores and crew work-up ahead of our more operational role when she is formally commissioned into the fleet.’

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced on Monday that Britain’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is set to enter her new home in Portsmouth in around a week’s time – with the window of arrival between August 17 and 22.