Three Royal Navy Merlin helicopters were spotted over Teesside this morning. The helicopters have been taking part in Nato training exercises with Nordic countries, and the USA off the coast of Northern Norway.

Currently the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is just off the coast of Redcar in the North Sea, and the Helicopters are making several journeys between the carrier and Teesside Airport today to resupply the vessel.

The Merlin is a multi-role helicopter that can be used for a variety of tasks, including anti-submarine warfare, maritime search and rescue, and troop transport. It is one of the most advanced helicopters in the world, and is equipped with a range of sensors and weapons systems.

The Merlin helicopters are expected to make several more journeys between HMS Queen Elizabeth and Teesside Airport today to resupply the vessel. This is a routine operation that is carried out regularly to ensure that the ship has the supplies it needs to operate effectively.

The deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth and her escort group to the North Sea is a significant demonstration of the UK’s commitment to NATO and to the security of the region. The ship’s presence in the area is also a reminder of the UK’s global reach and its ability to deploy its forces wherever they are needed.

In addition to the Merlin helicopters, HMS Queen Elizabeth is also carrying a number of other aircraft, including F-35B Lightning jets. The F-35B is a fifth-generation fighter jet that is capable of taking off and landing vertically. This makes it ideal for use on aircraft carriers, which do not have runways.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy. She is 280 meters long and has a displacement of 65,000 tons. The ship can accommodate up to 1,600 crew members and can carry a variety of aircraft and weapons.

Flight tracker map showing the route of the helicopter over Teesside
Flight trackers showed the route take by the Helicopters

Last Updated on 13 November 2023