JUNE 2013 ISSUE
The Royal Navy photographic branch has given 93 years continuous service to the Royal Navy, reflecting the
diversity of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines operating above, on and beneath the sea and on the land -
from the icy chill of the arctic to the blistering heat of the Gulf and most recently the hostile environs of Afghanistan.
The relevance of imagery in today’s Royal Navy has never been greater. International terrorism, globally and at
home, has raised substantially the need for quality timely intelligence and the Photographic Specialism plays a role
supporting this area.
The Royal Navy photographers and their photographs also support Media Operations. World events are relayed to
the global popultion in near real-time and it is therefore vital that the Navy has the capability to demonstrate to the
world, that the Royal Navy has the ability to defend, deter and defeat, Protecting Britain’s interests worldwide.
This year an exhibition of photographs from the Royal Navy’s Peregrine Trophy competition will be open to the
public at the Royal College of Art, London from the 12th to 19th July 2013. Here are some of the entrants.
Reconnaissance Squadron (SRS) conducting a low level parachute jump from a RAF Hercules aircraft. The
Commandos were part of a forward insertion team and jumped from 800 Feet on to Braid Fell in Scotland as part of
Exercise Joint Warrior 13/1. Photographer Petty Officer Photographer Sean Clee
The image might look threatening – a submarine’s dark form trailing a British warship at sunset. But for a sailor and
submariner it was a happy meeting thousands of miles from home. Able Seaman Chris Johnson from HMS Daring
joined his dad Chief Petty Officer Simon Johnson on the submarine HMS Triumph.
Photograph by Leading Photographer Keith Morgan
Members of Lima Company (L COY) Fire Support Group (FSG) supressing enemy targets while the main group of
L COY conduct a Company attack on enemy positions. The FSG were deployed on a ridge overlooking the
Photograph by Leading Photographer Jason Ballard
HMS Edinburgh turns an almost perfect circle in the north Caribbean. The venerable ship is the last of the famous
class of Type 42 destroyers and is due to leave service later this year, after taking part in the Battle of Atlantic
commemorations. The turning circle, irreverently known by sailors as a ‘maritime doughnut’ is used to test both
engines at full speed turning right and left.
Photograph by Leading Photographer Dan Rosenbaum
Task Force Group Photex Photex of the entire task force which has taken part in Op Olympics. With the exception of
RFA Mounts Bay Over 90 vessels gathered for the group. The Vessels included HMS Bulwark, the centre of
Maritime security for the Olympic Games in Weymouth and Portland, UK Border Agency, civilian LOCOG, Police
RIBs, jet skis, Royal Marine (RM) Offshore Raiding Crafts, RM Landing Craft Utility, Sea Cadet training ships, Liberty
Lass, Royal Navy RIBs, P2000s and an 814 Squadron Merlin helicopter.
Photograph by Leading Photographer Joel Rouse HMS Bulwark
The Royal Marine Band from the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines March around Different departments
within the Commando Training Centre with collection buckets to raise money for Comic Relief. The Band march
around the Camp while stopping at different departments to play many tunes including a full demonstration of
Photograph by Leading Photographer Emily Nolan
The Olympic Flame was delivered to the Tower of London by two Royal Navy Sea King Mk 4 helicopters from the
Commando Helicopter Force at Yeovilton. The first of the two helicopters was manoeuvred into a 35ft hover to allow
four Royal Marines to dramatically fast-rope down to Tower Wharf. Once the first aircraft had flown clear and the
target landing spot marked by the four marines, the second Sea King was brought into place above the wharf at a
height of 180ft and Marine Martyn Williams abseiled down to the marked area with the torch firmly strapped to his
Photograph by Petty Officer Photographer Julian Merrill
Members of HM Armed Forces mustered in the grounds of Windsor Park to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Over five Thousand men and women paraded through the streets of Old Windsor and Windsor Castle before
mustering in the arena.
Photograph by Chief Petty Officer Photographer Nathan Dua
Even though the Black Duke’s crew are thousands of miles away from their loved ones, the opportunity to send
home a token of their affections is an important act. To this end a Ship’s Valentines Card was organised and taken
on the flight deck on a busy operational day.
Photograph by Leading Photographer Will Haigh
A continuation shoot onboard HMS Monmouth in preparation for ongoing operations. Members of the Royal Marine
and Royal Navy boarding teams keep up to date with live firing of small arms from the flight deck of HMS Monmouth.
Photogarph by Leading Photographer Ben Shread
As the sun goes down over the Indian Ocean, HMS Northumberland’s Merlin sends more than 100 flares cascading
through the sky. In the middle of her counter-piracy and counter-drugs work, the Devonport-based frigate’s
helicopter tested one of the many tricks in her box – her flares.
Photograph by Leading Photographer Maxine Davies
The Image was taken from a Merlin for 814 Squadron as HMS ILLUSTRIOUS into Valletta, Malta to begin a 5 day
informal visit by the Response Force Task group (RFTG) in order to conduct Wider Regional Engagement. This visit
offers the opportunity for an operational Stand-Down for the RFTG and ILLUSTRIOUS will take the opportunity to
re-establish the very important links with her Maltese Affiliations.
Photograph by Leading Photographer Dean Nixon
Royal Navy on Facebook and Twitter
HMS Illustrious makes a pit stop. 23rd February 2013, HMS Illustrious visited Loch Striven. Loch Striven is an Oil
Fuel Depot in Argyll, Scotland. The ship called in to take on fuel as well as fresh food and some stores items. Only
alongside for 4 hours, the ship soon made her way back out to sea where she continues to support maritime aviation
training. Photograph by Petty Officer Ray Jones