Watching from Above

HMS Kent's Lynx Helicopter conducts surface searches

HMS Kent’s Lynx Helicopter conducts surface searches

During counter-terrorism and maritime security operations as part of Combined Maritime Forces, warships such as the Royal Navy’s HMS Kent use helicopters and/or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to carry out searches from the air, giving Commanding Officers a picture of their area of operations in order to monitor, track and intercept suspicious vessels.

HMS Kent uses her Scan Eagle UAV

HMS Kent uses her Scan Eagle UAV

These capabilities complement the routine operations of longer range maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.

HMS Kent's Lynx Helicopter conducts surface searches

HMS Kent’s Lynx Helicopter conducts surface searches

HMS Kent is currently deployed to the Middle East where she is carrying out counter-terrorism and maritime security operations under the Canadian-led CTF-150.

About Combined Maritime Forces

CMF is a unique multi-national collective of like-minded nations, dedicated to promoting security and free flow of commerce across 3.2 million square miles of international waters in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf. CMF’s main focus areas are disrupting terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment for all.
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