Lynx MK8

The UK Royal Navy has assigned a decommissioned Lynx helicopter of the Fleet Arm to HMS Raleigh to support the first-aid training conducted at the facility.

The helicopter retired from its service in 2010 and was deployed as a part of training resources available to HMS Raleigh’s School of Maritime Survival, which also operates a decommissioned Sea King helicopter and an indoor replica of a ship.

HMS Raleigh, which is the Royal Navy’s largest training establishment in the south west, instructs around 2,340 students every year in basic and advanced first aid.

"The great thing about having the Lynx is that it allows us to change and adapt our training scenarios."

Maritime Survival training in-charge and warrant officer 1 Paul Bell said: "The great thing about having the Lynx is that it allows us to change and adapt our training scenarios.

"We can simulate a mass casualty accident involving a crash on the deck of a frigate or destroyer, which is the most likely scenario anyone serving on that type of ship would have to face.

"We can also use the Sea-King for a similar incident for anyone on course who is serving on larger warships, like HMS Ocean or HMS Bulwark, where the bigger helos would be operating as troop carriers."

The Westland Helicopter-built Lynx helicopters were delivered to the Royal Naval Station Yeovilton in 1980, and became part of 702 Naval Air Squadron.

It can operate from all Type 42 destroyers, Type 22 frigates, and the ice patrol ship HMS Endurance, as well as occasionally from some Type 23 frigates and Type 45 destroyers.

The Lynx series of helicopters have been replaced by the Wildcat which is a new generation of ship-borne helicopters.

Image: A decommissioned Lynx to serve as a training resource at HMS Raleigh. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.