HMS ILLUSTRIOUS is currently taking part in an exercise off the South coast of the UK. Elements of 45 Commando were projected ashore as part of the exercise. The Royal Marines are embarked onboard HMS ILLUSTRIOUS for this exercise and the following deployment to the Mediterranean. They got their kit together in the mighty warships aircraft hangar, then went up on the aircraft lift to the flight deck where they boarded waiting Seakings from the Commando Helicopter Force.
Marines from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune connect a beam to one of Super Stallions during training March near MCB Camp Lejeune. The helicopter is the only helicopter in the Department of Defense that is certified as a heavy-lift helicopter