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Royal Air Force News Friday, November 5, 2021 P25

Graduations

Now we’re really flying Cranwell

THE LATEST graduates from Cranwell’s 45 Squadron were honoured by a flypast from an RAF Atlas A400M transporter. The class of pilots, mission aircrew and airborne specialists (right) received their flying badges to mark the completion of their Phase 2 training and will head to frontline Operation Conversion Units. Reviewing Officer ISTAR Force Commander, Air Commodore Nick Hay (left), said: “It was a real honour and a

privilege to present the flying badges and awards to those who will form the heart of our Royal Air Force for the next 20 to 30 years.” The graduating students are: Flt Lt Stevenson, Flt Lt Jones, Flt Lt Holding, Flt Lt Sayer, Flt Lt Sodeau, Flt Lt Thomas, Flt Lt Down, Flt Lt Turner, Flt Lt Watts, Sgt Butler, Sgt Spoors, Sgt Neill, Sgt Bonney, Sgt Jackson, Sgt Wright, Sgt Pugh, Sgt Dawson, Sgt Green, Flt Lt Grant, and Sgt Babb.

ALL EYES ON F-35 FORCES PHOTOGRAPHERS have captured these stunning images of UK and US F-35s on board the Queen Elizabeth Carrier as the Royal Navy flagship leads the Carrier Strike Group on its first deployment.

All three images were shortlisted for this year’s Royal Navy Photographic Competition, which attracted more than 500 entries. The Fifth Generation stealth jets are taking part in multi-national training exercises during the seven-month voyage covering 26,000 nautical miles and taking in more than 40 countries including India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Singapore. Alongside 617 Sqn and US Marine Corps F-35s, on board airpower includes Wildcat helicopters from 815 Naval Air Sqn and Merlin helicopters from 820 and 845 Naval Air Sqns. LEFT: USMC F-35 takes off PHOTO: LPHOT MARK JOHNSON TOP RIGHT: All eyes on me PHOTO: LPHOT BELINDA ALKER RIGHT: Airpower line-up PHOTO: LPHOT BELINDA ALKER