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

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.

Friday, 17th March 2017, 10:34 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:12 am
The flypast passing over the Spinnaker Tower. Picture: Andrew Hare

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Picture: Jeremy Parsons

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 [email protected] or on Facebook.

Picture: James Davidson
The flypast passing over the Spinnaker Tower. Picture: Andrew Hare
Picture: Jeremy Parsons
Picture: James Davidson