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Friday, November 17, 2006

Apache Lands On U.K. Carrier Ark Royal

A British Army Apache attack helicopter has landed on a Royal Navy Invincible-class aircraft carrier for the first time, marking another milestone in the return to service of the carrier HMS Ark Royal. The aircraft, from 667 Sqdn., Army Air Corps, landed on Ark Royal as she lay alongside at Portsmouth Naval Base for ship-air integration trials. The Apache was moved around the flight deck and lowered on one of the aircraft lifts into the ship’s hangar, giving Ark Royal’s aircraft handlers experience in dealing with the type. “Having the Apache on board was another milestone in Ark’s return to operational status,” said Cdr. Keith Muir, head of Ark Royal’s air department. “It will contribute significantly to our ability to embark, sustain and operate the Apache and to deploy its potent capability from the sea as part of an agile mission group, wherever and whenever it is most needed.”

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