HMS Illustrious takes over from HMS Daring in the Philippines

HMS Daring (front) and HMS Illustrious

HMS Illustrious has arrived in the Philippines to deliver humanitarian aid provided by the Department for International Development.

Helicopter and commando carrier HMS Illustrious has arrived in the Philippines to begin to deliver humanitarian aid provided by the Department for International Development (DFID).

HMS Illustrious will take over from HMS Daring which has been distributing aid and assisting villagers in remote communities on islands to the north east of Panay for the past week. Read more about HMS Illustrious takes over from HMS Daring in the Philippines

Admiral Sir George Zambellas KCB DSC ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff

Admiral Sir George Zambellas KCB DSC ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff

George Zambellas was educated in Zimbabwe, and at Stowe and Southampton University, graduating in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. He joined the Royal Navy in 1980 from the aerospace industry and qualified as a pilot in 1982. He flew three tours in different helicopter types, serving in carriers and frigates. After staff training in 1990, and a brief spell as a corporate planner, he commanded the mine hunter HMS Cattistock. In 1993, he was posted to Northwood as a Fleet aviation operations officer before promotion in 1995 and command of the frigate HMS Argyll. Read more about Admiral Sir George Zambellas KCB DSC ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff

HMS Enterprise - scan of the seabed off the coast of Northern Africa

HMS Enterprise, echo sounder

 This image of what appears to be a large mountain is actually an underwater scan of the seabed off the coast of Northern Africa. Captured by Royal Navy survey ship HMS Enterprise, the largest of the 2 seamounts scanned – the technical name for underwater mountains – was measured at 1,100 metres which is taller then Mount Snowden. While intriguing structures, the 2 seamounts pose very real dangers to shipping, and although they have been spotted previously, with HMS Enterprise’s specialist equipment they are now firmly on the map. Read more about HMS Enterprise - scan of the seabed off the coast of Northern Africa

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