On Thursday night I got a tweet from my mate Paul Lomas pointing me in the direction of an article in the Courier about a multi forces assault on Barry Buddon. I’d noticed more military craft in the waters around the island and was keeping an eye out.
There had been quite a lot of helicopters going over the island during the day and we’d spotted a Naval Lynx and heard a few Chinooks but could not see them due to the low cloud.
This evening I could see a small cruiser from the Beacon and further out there was a carrier with a few helicopters on her deck. The carrier was signalling to the smaller vessel. Chinook helicopters were landing and taking off from the her.
It was all very interesting. I like my military paraphinalia. You get a good selection of craft past the island. Sections of the new naval carriers have come passed the island and David spotted a submarine last year. Always worth seeing what passes at sea or over the island. We sometimes get a little tired of the noisy Tyhoon aircraft.
Here are a couple of poor snaps to demonstrate.
The carrier was distant off the island. See the small fishing craft in the foreground caught in the middle of the operation.